What you should know, before buying a vacuum cleaner?

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  • What’s the difference between an upright vacuum cleaner and a canister vacuum cleaner?

A canister vacuum is generally considered to be more versatile, as it’s good not just for cleaning carpets, but also for bare floors, stairs or those pesky tight corners. That being said, most of the new models of upright vacuums addressed those issues, and they are becoming increasingly popular, mostly because they take less space than their canister counterparts and, frankly – their design makes them look a lot better.

  • Should I get a vacuum with or without a bag?

Now, this choice of the desired feature can prove to be quite tricky as it depends solely on your decision. The bag-less version of the product saves you the hassle of having to buy the bags, and have them in stock, but at the same time make the cleaning process a bit on the messier side, which is important as those filters and dust containers have to be kept as clean as possible. If you opt out for the version with a bag, be prepared to stock up on those, but what’s the real issue with this is when you vacuum up an object by mistake – it’s never pretty to go throughout the contents of a vacuum bag!

  • Does more amps and watts mean better performance?

While at first glance this might seem like a logical conclusion, the fact is that amps and watts determine only the performance of the motor the vacuum uses. The overall performance of a vacuum cleaner is determined by a number of additional factors, including the suction power, design, and airflow.

  • What are all those attachments used for?

Here’s the list of all the attachments that are commonly associated with a vacuum cleaner:

Motorized power nozzle – used for vacuuming pile carpets and rugs

Floor brush – used for vacuuming bare floors or walls

Crevice tool – best used for those tough to reach places like air conditioning or heating vents, drawers and similar

Upholstery attachment – used for curtains, mattresses, car interiors and similar

Dusting brush – used to remove dust from other appliances like lamps, blinds and similar

  • How often should you vacuum?

Well, this one greatly depends on your preference, again, but ideally an area that has heavy traffic should be cleaned every day. That being said, if the area you’re cleaning doesn’t get much traffic, and you’re not that much of a neat freak, one to two times a week has proven to be just the right amount, especially considering the hectic, fast-paced lifestyle everybody is living nowadays.

  • How many times should you go over a carpet with your vacuum to get it clean?

For heavy traffic areas you need to go over every part of the carpet you’re cleaning at least 7 times. 2-3 times should be enough for the areas that have less traffic. If you’re really concerned about this, you might consider getting a vacuum cleaner that has a dirt sensor (yes, they make those now).

  • How often should you clean the vacuum bag?

If the indicator line shows that it’s close to the full – you should do it. While the indicator is a pretty good tool, the best way is to check the bag manually and change the bag as soon as it gets filled up to three-quarters. If you have a pet, this you might have to change the bag more often. For the optimal results, check the dirt level before each use.

  • How often should you clean or change the filter?

You don’t have to change the filter as often as the vacuum bag. If it’s showing excessive dirt, or it starts to get torn up – that’s the right time to change it. HEPA filters, which are the ones that have the role of removing the most of the dirt particles should be changed every six months, or after you’ve changed the bag six times. The user’s manual will have all the necessary info, including where this filter is located and what’s the best way to go about changing that filter.

  • At what height should you adjust the nozzle?

The level of the nozzle depends on the kind of carpet you’re vacuuming. The low-pile carpet requires the lowest nozzle settings, while plush carpets require higher ones. The best way to determine if you set the nozzle level appropriately is by seeing the amount of effort you need to use to vacuum, which should be moderate.

  • How do you know when it’s time to replace the vacuum belt?

If the vacuum isn’t cleaning as well as it used to or if the brush roll isn’t turning anymore, it might be a good time to check and/or change the vacuum belt. It’s not that difficult to change the belt, as long as you have a screwdriver and a replacement belt handy. For specific instructions, please refer to the user’s manual or call the manufacturer’s service center.

  • What should you do if your vacuum isn’t picking up dirt?

First off, unplug the vacuum, and do a full inspection of the unit. Then, check to see if the vacuum belt is worn or broken and is the roller-brush moving. Also, check the bag, see if it’s full, and if there is something that’s blocking the machine, affecting its power. Sometimes, if you just bought a new carpet or a rug, it may send more fiber and fill that bag pretty quickly, which can clog the air stream. If you check for all of these, and the unit is still not working, it’s time to take it to the repair shop.

  • How to vacuum an oriental rug?

Since oriental rugs are quite delicate, you should use extra care when vacuuming them, but to keep them in good condition, you should vacuum them fairly often. If you’re using an upright vacuum cleaner, you should turn off the agitator brush (if your unit has that possibility). When you approach the fringe, tie the front up slightly and push it off the carpet. This is done in order to avoid the fringe getting caught in the rotating agitator brush. With a canister vacuum, use the bare floor brush in order to achieve gentler cleaning of the carpet, and use the upholstery attachment for the fringe. One more thing you should look out for – remember to turn the rug upside down every now and again to clean it from both sides. go home

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