There are various steps towards looking after your vacuum cleaner as listed below
Step 1: Get rid of blockages
In the suction pipes, blockages can build up through dirt accumulations or large objects. This reduces the suction effect. With a thin, long rod or stick, these foreign objects can be removed, and the pipe can then be rinsed out. If the pipe has not been cleaned for a long time, you should soak it completely in lukewarm water. It is best to use detergent, which must be thoroughly rinsed out once the impurities have dissolved.
Step 2: Ground nozzle
The ground nozzle is next. Here, the obvious dirt can be plucked and removed by hand. Captured hair and other fine dirt can be combed out of the brush heads with a comb or brush. Make sure that the intake opening is completely free and wipe the attachments with a damp cloth. This eliminates bacteria, dust and dirt.
Step 3: Clean the dust collection container
For bagless vacuum cleaners, you should clean the dust collection container each time after use. Hair and fine dust particles remain glued to the inner walls of the container, which you should now thoroughly remove by washing out with mild detergent. However, it must dry completely before re-inserting the collection container. Also, wipe the inner surface around the container thoroughly. In the case of bag vacuum cleaners, the bag must be removed, and the inner surface around it must also be wiped out. If the bag is not yet full, it can be reinserted after the drying process.
Step 4: Take care of filters
In the case of vacuum cleaners with bags, the filters are completely changed without cleaning, whereas in the case of cyclone vacuum cleaners, the filters must be cleaned manually at all times. As a rule, the central filters can be washed out under running water. The filigree filter system will still remain powerful. When these filters are added, there is a significant loss of suction power. In the case of multi-cyclone vacuum cleaners, the suspended material filter can usually also be cleaned under running water. Only after complete drying can the filters be re-inserted. In the case of dust bag suction sores, the filter in front of the motor and the exhaust air filter should, if possible, be checked every time the bag is changed. These filters can also become worn and, especially with the motor filter, small objects or toys can cause damage.
Step 5: Clean from outside
If you have thoroughly cleaned all the inner parts, you should also allow the vacuum cleaner to be cleaned from the outside. A soft, damp cloth is for dust removal, and a dry, lint-free cloth for drying. In the vacuum cleaner’s instruction manual, you will also find useful tips for cleaning the vacuum cleaner.
However, this step-by-step cleaning process can only be a general guide, because each vacuum cleaner has different features. If sensitive parts are installed, then looking at the user manual should be able to help. Here the ideal cleaning is usually explained and also specifies when certain parts should be replaced.
This regular, device-friendly cleaning will give you an unabated suction power and long service life of the device. If you study the market before you buy, you should find out about the maintenance effort. Care tips and replacement schedules are displayed on the manufacturers’ websites.