You shouldn't have to clean up all the dirt and grime your vacuum cleaner leaves behind. Find out if it's time to chunk a vacuum cleaner that sucks in all the wrong ways.
Is it time for a break up?
Vacuums and boyfriends aren't terribly dissimilar. On one hand, both can enrich your life and ease your worries. But on the other hand, both vacuums and boyfriends can fail to keep commitments, follow through on promises or be there for you in a time of need. If the bad outweighs the good, it might be time to consider trading up for a new model.
Seriously, though, your vacuum cleaner might be past its prime if it:
- Won't retain suction, even after you've tried to troubleshoot the problem
- Doesn't meet the needs of your family anymore
- Costs more to repair than replace
Finding Mr. Right
All of the features that will set your future vacuum apart are largely dependent on your personal preferences. You can check out Consumer Reports for objective reviews, but keep in mind that there are instances that might call for a specialty vacuum:
- Pet hair — Several models wipe out pesky pet hair from your life. These vacuums are less likely to experience hair clogs than other models.
- Hard floors — We know you don't want to waste your life sweeping those beautiful hardwood or tile floors. Check out the Dyson Hard for a handy device that's part vacuum and part mop, perfect for all your hard surfaces.
- Lots of stairs — Look for a model that's light for easy mobility up and down the stairs. You might also want one that has extra long hoses for your attachments.
Tips for a lasting relationship
Once you've found a vacuum that's perfect for you, make sure you treat it nicely so you can build a meaningful relationship that will last many years.
- Replace bags or empty the bin regularly. If your machine uses bags, replace them when they're no more than halfway full so the vacuum can retain suction. And if you prefer bagless vacuums, be sure to empty the bin after each use.
- Rinse and dry filters. A vacuum is only as good as the strength of the air that can pass through it. Filters that are clogged with dust slow down the movement of air. Take some time to rinse out the filters and let them dry.
- Replace the belt at least once a year. Inspect the belt for wear and tear and replace regularly to prevent burning out the motor.
- Maintain the brush roll. Remove clogged hair from the roll once per month. Consider greasing the roll's bearings once a year to keep it rolling smoothly.
When did you know it was time to replace your vacuum?
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