After spending a good amount of money on purchase of a vacuum cleaner, we expect that it will perform well for a lifetime and would not wear out irrespective of how extensive cleaning jobs it may perform or how we use it. Your canister can last a lifetime and give you performance as good as of a new canister, but it does require some general care and regular inspection. Different brands and models have different requirements and you can check for extensive care tips in user manual of your vacuum.
Tips for maintaining a Canister Vacuum
Here we have outlined some general tips that would help you in keeping your vacuum effectively functional and would keep your vacuum safe from damages:
Power Cord: Take care when plugging or unplugging power cord. Don’t pull or stretch power cord or it may break. Also regularly check for condition of your cord and plug. Avoid kinks and keep the power cord untangled at all times to avoid the risk of damaging. Never plug in the cord in a broken plug.
Replacement Dust Bags: Many of the new high quality canisters have full bag indicator option that lets you know when to replace the bag however if your vacuum doesn’t have the feature, keep a check for proper airflow for effective performance. Do not overfill the dust bag as it reduces the suction power and would negatively strain your vacuum motor. We recommend you to clean up sooner when it is 3/4 th filled.
Filters: Canister filters must be maintained or replaced as per recommendation of manufacturer in manual. Clogged filters would affect performance so inspection must be carried out according to guidelines. Many vacuums include filters that can be washed and replaced. Make sure that you clean and dry completely before placing them back. You can clean filters by blowing out dirt with the use of an air hose.
Brushes: Brushes are usually ignored by users but removing dirt, debris and lint from brushes is most important. Check for condition of your brush attachments. It is recommended that in some years you must change brush rollers and check them carefully every month. This is crucial if you want a deep clean carpet cleaning.
Power Head / Nozzle: Inspect the brushes that are present in nozzle and power bar for debris, dirt and other sticky substances as these items can affect operation of your canister.
Wheels: Make sure that the wheels of your canister remain clean and that there is no debris, dirt or any other substance wrapped around as these could affect movement of your canister. Moreover it may be harmful for your delicate flooring as hindered wheel movement can scratch your tiled or wooden flooring.
Hose: Thoroughly check your vacuum hose and if your find any cracks, replace the hose or temporarily seal it with tape. Avoid hanging hose at places where you can break the exterior or it may cause kinks. Also check interior to see if any object or obstacle is clogged that may be restricting air flow. Don’t pull canister with the hose rather use handle as this may cause extra strain and may damage hose. Hoses are usually expensive so take good care or it would cost you a good amount of money.
Bagless Canisters: Some bagless canister vacuums enable dust and dirt to be transferred directly in to a bin. You should also carry out a routine inspection of these bins that can obstruct performance. Check for your canister manual for cleaning of these bins.
Belt: Another important aspect that we usually don’t take notice of is the belt of your vacuum. It is common that most people don’t attempt to change belt until it is completely worn out. We recommend you to change the belt each year. It costs you some dollars however if you probably use the same belt it may damage your canister costing you hundreds of dollars. However there are some canisters that are built with long life belt that would really last for many years. Take recommendation from your product manufacturer/manual.
Exterior: Maintain exterior structure of your vacuum well and wipe it with a soft cloth and light detergent. Make sure it is unplugged while cleaning.
Attachments: Some canisters come with on board storage but some low-priced canisters do not offer any storage. Keep attachments in a designated area either on board or in some storage to avoid loss of accessories.
Motor: Keep an eye on performance of vacuum motor. If you notice any unusually loud noise or any burning smell, give prompt attention and stop vacuum. Take it to a technician to avoid loss of motor as replacement may cost you higher than technician service charges.
Apart from these guidelines that we have mentioned on this page, you must also follow suggestion given by your canister vacuum dealer and should also check user-manual to follow a maintenance schedule described in there. Review servicing and warranty details of canister and ensure to get repairs and servicing done before the period of warranty expires. Following all these instructions and tips for maintaining a canister vacuum would keep your canister in an excellent shape and you will be able to enjoy life long hassle-free cleaning.