A good quality vacuum cleaner is essential for keeping carpets and rugs clean, but if your vacuum seems to be lacking suction power, then it might be time to clean the filter.
As you work your way through your spring cleaning checklist, it is important to ensure that your cleaning tools are also clean. Forgetting about the filter on your vacuum is a common mistake that many people make.
The filter in your vacuum performs an important job, removing dust and allergens from your textiles and the air as your vacuum sucks it all in. If the dust isn’t cleaned from the filter regularly, it can become blocked, which will ultimately result in poor suction.
Depending on your vacuum cleaner model, cleaning the filter can be a bit of a hassle and a bit of an unpleasant job, but it is well worth doing to help maintain your vacuum and ensure it is working correctly while you clean.
If the filters in your vacuum are foam or felt, then you can tap and shake off the loose dirt before rinsing them under a tap. Make sure you only use water, not soap, and let the filters dry out completely before putting them back in place in your vacuum.
If you would rather not use water or do not have the time to let the filter dry out properly, then you can remove dust by hand or with a soft brush. Be warned that this can be messy and dusty, so it is best done outside or over a large bin bag.
As well as cleaning the filters and regularly emptying the vacuum, you should also regularly wipe down the attachments with a dry microfibre cloth. Check the bristles in the head of the hoover, and remove any hairs to make sure you are not spreading just around your home.
If your filter looks past its best, then replace it as soon as possible. Amazon will likely sell filters for most major vacuum models.
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