How to Maintain a Vacuum Cleaner

    Taking good care of your vacuum cleaner can prolong its lifespan and prevent loss of suction or manoeuvrability.

    You can perform a few simple vacuum cleaner maintenance tasks on a regular basis to keep your vacuum cleaner in top condition.

    Remember to ensure that your vacuum cleaner is unplugged before undertaking any maintenance or cleaning to avoid the risk of injury.

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    Vacuum Cleaner Bags:

    Empty the vacuum cleaner dustbin or replace the dust bag. This needs to be done regularly to avoid over filling and can make a big difference to the efficiency of the vacuum cleaner. As a rough guide, you should replace vacuum bags when they become around two-thirds full.

    Agitator Brush:

    Check the agitator brush bar for any sign of obstruction. The agitator brush can easily become clogged with debris, hair and threads from the carpet. This can impact significantly on the pick up performance of the vacuum cleaner.

    Exteriors and Power Cord:

    Inspect the vacuum cleaner housing for any damage and check the vacuum cleaner power cord for breaks. If the cord is damaged in any way it will need to be repaired or replaced. You should avoid using the vacuum cleaner until this has been done.

    Drive Belt:

    Check the vacuum cleaners drive belt for signs of wear and tear. If the belt has lost tension then it is usually an indication that it should be replaced. To maintain the performance levels you expect from the vacuum cleaner you should replace the belt every 6 months to a year.


    The filters on your vacuum cleaner are important for maintaining air flow and suction. Filters can easily become clogged up and blocked by dirt and debris. Regular cleaning will extend the lifespan of the vacuum cleaners filters and some filter types can even be washed.

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    * All information provided is a guide only. BuySpares accepts no liability for any problems occurred while attempting any advice shown. If in any doubt contact a qualified repair service.