Change the Vacuum Bag
If your vacuum cleaner has a bag, change it regularly. It will make your vacuum cleaner run more efficiently. Take the vacuum outside to change it so the dust from the bag doesn’t go back into the room.
Clean or Replace the Filter
Many vacuums have filters that need to be washed or rinsed off regularly. Other ones need to be replaced just like a vacuum bag. Don’t skip this step. Clogged filters could overheat the motor, reduce suction and cause damage to your vacuum cleaner. Some bag vacuums even have a second filter; so don’t forget to check your owner’s manual.
Clean the Vacuum
Yes, even your vacuum may need a good vacuuming. You may need to remove hair or string that got wrapped around the beater brush. The inside of the vacuum may be very dusty. That could clog the air flow causing the vacuum to overheat. And while you’re in there, check the vacuum belt to see if there are any signs of wear. Belts can stretch over time. Be sure you check the tension.
There are a few different types of belts in a vacuum cleaner. Some may just need to be wiped down with a soft cloth to remove any dirt and debris.
Check the Power Cord
Pull it out all the way and look for signs of wear or exposed wires. You don’t want to run with a damaged cord. It could be an electrical shock hazard or a fire hazard.
Clean the Attachments
Make them look and work like new by giving them a wipe down with warm soapy water. Look for anything blocking the attachment and clean that out too.
As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Take good care of your vacuum cleaner and it will keep your home clean for many years.