How To Prolong the Life of Your Vacuum Cleaner

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Like many household appliances, a vacuum cleaner can often be taken for granted. Unfortunately, as with all household appliances, constant use takes its toll and can lead to faults occurring. But this doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy a new vacuum. Instead you can save some money and do your bit for the environment, by regularly cleaning and maintaining your appliance.


Ultimately, the job of the vacuum cleaner is to clean your home. But cleaning your vacuum cleaner is equally important, as it can significantly increase the life and performance of the appliance, with very little outlay.

Many of the cleaning tasks to help maintain your vacuum can (and should) be carried out ahead of using the appliance, including the cleaning of:

Dust Bags / Containers

Emptying your vacuum cleaner dust bags / containers may sound obvious, but many of us overfill them, and therefore hamper the performance of the appliance.Ideally, if your vacuum uses bags, these should be replaced when they are two thirds full. If you’ve got a vacuum which uses a dust container, it is easier to see when these need emptying. But again don’t wait until it’s at full capacity, as this can block filters and hinder the suction.


The vacuum cleaner hose is a vital component, and a blockage in it can prove costly if left undetected. In the unfortunate situation that a blockage does occur for whatever reason, use an old clothes hanger to manipulate the blockage and clear it.

Brush Bars / Agitators

Whether the brush bars / agitators  form part of an application for the appliance, or you have an upright vacuum, if objects such as hair and string get caught around these, again the vacuum’s performance will be reduced.Loosen any hair or string caught around the brush bars / agitators either by cutting it with scissors or by prying it away using a pin or sharp object.


Cleaning your vacuum on a regular basis will help you to prolong its life, as will carrying out maintenance. Some of the areas which you should focus on when carrying out maintenance include:


The accessories for a vacuum are as vital as the main components, as they enable you to get to those hard to reach places. It’s therefore important to ensure all accessories for your vacuum are well maintained.If you’ve found one of your vacuum accessories is cracked, chipped or broken in any way, at BuySpares we’ll have the perfect replacement – helping to keep your vacuum running in top condition.

Vacuum Belts

A faulty vacuum belt will be visible by the trail of dirt being left behind when the vacuum is being whizzed around your home. Thankfully, replacing the vacuum cleaner belt is as easy as 1, 2, 3 – and in our advice centre we have helpful articles and videos showing you how to change the belt.


Most machines have at least one filter, and these play important roles as they have been designed to prevent items from getting into the vacuum and damaging the motor (which can lead to a lengthier and costlier repair).Thankfully, by regularly checking and maintaining your vacuum cleaner filter you will be able to help maintain your appliance, protect the motor and the appliances performance by ensuring the filter doesn’t become clogged and result in a loss of suction.

Unsure how to clean or maintain your vacuum cleaner? Don’t panic, at Buyspares we have this covered in our advice centre with a range of helpful videos, for a variety of makes and models.

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