Studies by Canstar Blue conducted by Colmar Brunton show the average vacuum cleaner in Australia lasts us about six and a half years. Half of the time when we buy a new vacuum cleaner, it’s because the old one has broken down. So how can we take the best possible care of our vacuum cleaner?
Buying a quality vacuum cleaner
If you live in a large home, it can pay to invest in a higher quality vacuum. Some brands are more cheaply manufactured than others and are not expected to stand up to cleaning for extended periods of time.
Cheaper vacuums also are often not expected to last more than a few years. Would you rather spend $200 every 6 years to replace your vacuum cleaner, or spend $500 for a vacuum that will last you 10 years or more?
Higher quality vacuums can also be maintained and repaired more easily, while cheaper models are sold without replacement parts or long warranties.
Taking care of your vacuum cleaner
1. Cleaning the vacuum inside and out:
- Empty the dust bag or dust cylinder after every use. This prevents straining the motor and prevents bacteria and mould accumulation.
- Clean the brush roll every time as well. This prevents straining the motor from trying to spin the brush when it is clogged fast with long hairs and threads.
- Keep the bearings on the brush roll lubricated with some type of oil so the brush can move freely across the floor.
- If you have a wet/dry cleaner, you’ll still want to clean out the compartment of wet stuff before starting work on the dry dust and dirt.
- Wipe off the outer body of the vacuum cleaner with a wet cloth before putting it back in storage.
2. Protect it in storage:
- Store the vacuum carefully; don’t just shove it in the cupboard any old way.
- Don’t let your cat or dog bite or tear at the vacuum cleaner hose. This happens more than you would think! Most cats see the vacuum as a terrifying beast that is trying to run them out of their palace.
3. Protecting it while using it:
- It sounds obvious, but when you first bring your new vacuum home, read the instructions and put it together properly so you don’t break it before you ever use it.
- If your kids do the vacuuming in your home, you will want to supervise them the first few times they use it.
- Check out our space-saving storage tips for vacuum cleaners in small living spaces!
4. Use the right tool for the right job:
- Don’t use your teeny-tiny handheld vacuum to do massive jobs. You wouldn’t try to drive a scooter as hard as you would your station wagon, would you?
5. Check what’s wrong before giving up:
- Often you can just replace the battery of your vacuum (especially for handhelds) whenever you’re finding it’s winding down. Other possible causes for suction failure are the filter or belt, both of which can also be replaced. The machine itself may not be dead yet.
- Hold onto any warranty cards or service coupon cards from the dealer. If it’s not working, ask the dealer to take a look at it before throwing it out and buying a new one.