How to Improve Your Vacuum Cleaner’s Suction: Pro Tips
You have to admit that there is nothing more frustrating than when you start up your vacuum cleaner, it raves up, you direct it on your carpet for cleaning, only to find out that the suction isn’t as effective. It still leaves debris on your carpet. If it sucks, well, you aren’t alone. You are probably looking for the best solution over the internet. And you’re maybe thinking of replacing it with a new one: one that’s got good sucking power, as they say on the commercial. Buying a new vacuum isn’t gonna make much difference, especially if you don’t know how and why a vacuum cleaner loses suction in the first place. So, how exactly can you improve your vacuum cleaner’s suction? It’s a walk in the park. Just sit tight and keenly follow these pro tips guide.
Tips to improve the efficiency of Vacuum Cleaner
Empty The Bag
Okay, this is a no-brainer. Checking if the bag is full is always the very first thing you always do. However, the trick is to focus on the fill line. For those with bagless vacuums, the fill line is found at the front. And for those with canister and upright vacuums, the fill line is on the vacuum bag. Now, in case there is dirt and hair filled up over the fill line’s collection spot, it means there isn’t any more room for more stuff to collect. You’ll need to empty the bag. It doesn’t matter if the bag doesn’t look like it’s filled up (less bulging of the bag); the fill line is all you need to check. Note that the vacuum will continue making sounds like it’s working perfectly. This doesn’t mean the suction is working fine.
Use The Right Setting
If emptying the bag isn’t doing the trick, then the problem might be with your setting. Specifically the height setting. Not many folks know about this, but poor vacuum suction performance usually results from wrong height settings. For instance, you shouldn’t use higher settings if you’re vacuuming floors made from wood, tiles, and other hard flooring materials. Such floors require lower height settings because vacuum cleaners deliver the most powerful suction when they are seated closest to the floor. Just remember that the lower the carpet, the closer your settings should be. Always go with the “bare floor” setting.
Try Unclogging The Hose
You may have emptied the bag, and maybe you’ve also cleaned up the filters, but the suction still isn’t effective. You’ll need to unclog the hose. To fix this, check the hose and see if it’s been clogged with dirt or hair. Then use a broom handle to remove any trapped debris. You can also use tweezers for this job. Note that you can only insert the broom handle if the hose is fully stretched out. Make sure you’ve inspected the hose from one end to the other. See if there are any cracks, kinks, or holes that may cause the vacuum to lose its suction. However, if the hose has reached this extent (it features holes, cracks, and lots of hard -attached debris), it’s advisable to replace the entire hose.
Maybe The Vacuum Isn’t Airtight
Vacuum’s airflow starts at the hose’s tip (for a canister vacuum cleaner) and the base opening (for an upright cleaner). It means that those are the only places a vacuum should be letting in air. If there is airflow or leak from any other part, it means the vacuum cleaner isn’t a “vacuum” anymore. Air escapes usually happen when the hose and other attachments are as tight as they ought to be. Therefore, try finding these spaces and tighten them up. For instance, for an upright vacuum, turn it upside down and inspect openings leading up into the vacuum’s body. Check if there are any papers or hair that may have jammed the path. If the vacuum has been installed with a rotating brush, feel free to remove it to gain better access to the opening.
Check And Clean The Rotating Brush
If by any chance the vacuum’s rotating brush is not turning, it’s most likely this is the cause for an inadequate suction power. This is because the main task of the rotating brush is to sweep debris and dirt into a vacuum cleaner’s airflow suction. The brush makes things easier for the cleaner to pick up dirt. It means that if the rotating brush isn’t spinning as it’s supposed to, then there’ll be no suction, thus a corresponding loss of the vacuum’s cleaning power. Fixing this is just as easy. All you need to do is have the rotating brush removed and clean it. That’s all. It functions better when it’s clean. Nonetheless, it’s worth mentioning that lack of better gyration and propelling of the brush might be because of a worn out drive belt. Check it out and see if it is broken. If so, replace it with a new one.
With the above pro guide tips, you are now equipped with the right proficiency on how to improve your vacuum cleaner’s suction. Good luck mending your vacuum cleaner.
Author Bio: I’m Amy from US, 27 years old blogger. A mom of 2 kids and an expert in cleaning. I have a blog and here I share lots of tips and hacks of cleaning. Check out my blog to get tips.
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