Most American households have vacuum cleaners, regardless of whether there is carpet flooring or not. Most people opt to have one or two types of vacuum cleaners as they are useful not just for carpet cleaning but for upholstery cleaning, as well.
It is just unfortunate to note that most of us do not really pay particular attention to the proper use and maintenance of our vacuum cleaner. It has grown to be a staple in our household that we normally do not think about what would happen without having one. We just assume that it will just be there for us all the time, continually functional, with need for neither care nor maintenance.
But, alas, how wrong we could be. Vacuum cleaners still need proper care and maintenance. Do not just assume that just because it is meant to take dust and grime off things that it can be sturdy all the time by itself without us properly taking care of it.
So, how are we supposed to take care of our vacuum cleaner, then?
Let’s start with the Don’ts.
Do not vacuum over the cleaner’s cord. Although the cords of your vacuum cleaner are tough enough to stand some degree of trauma, you should NEVER run your vacuum cleaner with its spinning brush over its own cord lest you are ready to get some vacuum repair done on it. The suction from the vacuum will most likely damage or fray the exterior of its cord. When the cords will show some damage, it will already be unsafe to use your vacuum cleaner.
Do not vacuum hard objects. Vacuum cleaners are meant to suction off dust and small items that cannot just be simply picked up or sweep off. It is not meant to suction off relatively big hard objects. Then, do not just run over the vacuum cleaner over a small rock, penny, or toy part. The rule of thumb is, if you can pick it up, pick it up. Those hard objects can seriously damage the interior of your vacuum cleaner or they can get lodged inside areas of your vacuum cleaner that is difficult to reach.
Do not let the vacuum cleaner run when it is overfilled. You must empty out the dust bag or bin of your vacuum cleaner when it is filled to its capacity. Not doing so will drastically reduce the performance of your vacuum cleaner. Additionally, you will also run the risk of overheating, or, worse, damaging your vacuum cleaner. When you notice that the your vacuum cleaner suction seems not to be working, open the bin or bag to check if it has already filed up. Chances are, emptying your vacuum cleaner will drastically improve its performance.
Do not vacuum water. Regular vacuum cleaners are not designed to suction off water. If you do so, you run the risk of seriously damaging your vacuum cleaner, or worse, getting electrocuted. Even when you won’t get electrocuted or the vacuum cleaner won’t get damaged in the process, you still have to deal with the mess when you empty out your vacuum cleaner bin or bag. If you don’t want to have some vacuum cleaner repair done when you damage your cleaner due to water intrusion, just get a dry/wet vacuum cleaner instead.