Vacuum cleaners are appliances that bring great convenience in keeping the home clean. Whilst they can be relatively straightforward to use, there are times when our general human error can cause issues. Below we have highlighted 4 common mistakes made when using vacuums.
#1: Not allowing the filter to dry fully.
As part of your general maintenance, you will likely need to clean the vacuum’s filter. This is to prevent a build-up of dirt and encourage effective suction. To clean, the filter needs to be removed, rinsed, and left to dry before refitting. If it is not fully dry before refitting it can lead to problems with performance. Unless using a wet and dry vacuum, most vacuums should not be coming into contact with liquid. This is because if the filter is damp it reduces the air flow and thus affects the suction. To avoid this, ensure the filter is left to dry fully before re-fitting.
#2: Leaving the battery on charge for too long.
Charging your vacuum is essential if you are using a hand-stick vacuum. Although it might be convenient to leave the vacuum on charge whilst you go out, or leave it on charge overnight, this can cause difficulties in the long-term. By leaving for too long, you can overcharge the battery in the vacuum. This can result in a reduction of battery life. To avoid this, only charge the vacuum battery for the specified time provided in the user manual.
#3: Charging the battery when it doesn’t need charging.
It is also important to consider when to charge the vacuum’s battery. Whilst the vacuum should be charged to use, it should not be put on charge unless it needs to be. Your vacuum will usually display LED lights to signal when the vacuum is low on battery. We recommend charging when this is the case, otherwise if the vacuum is put on charge after each use when the battery isn’t low it can have the same effect as leaving on charge for too long.
#4: Excessively bumping the vacuum.
Some vacuums will have specially designed floor heads to protect if the head bumps slightly into furniture. Whilst this is a great feature, it is usually there is a safety measure in case it bumps. This means that it is not designed to be bumped excessively. If it is pushed excessively into furniture, it could risk it becoming damaged. To prevent this from occurring, take care when vacuuming and avoid getting too close to the edge of furniture, and when you do use the vacuum with a slower motion.
By using our list, it should help to identify areas where you might be going wrong to prevent issues from occurring. For information about you specific vacuum, please consult your user manual or contact the relevant support team.