The following "Ten Spring Cleaning Tips for Vacuum Cleaners," prepared by Jolynn Kennedy, marketing manager for Tornado Industries Inc., offers helpful advice to keep vacuums in tip-top shape year-round, the release stated.
1. Change the filter bag when it is half-full. This improves the efficiency of the vacuum cleaner.
2. Remove, inspect and clean the brush roll, also called a beater bar. If there are signs of wear, the beater bar should be replaced. Remove hair, lint and other items entangled on the roll.
3. Unscrew the cap on either end of the brush roll and remove any debris inside.
4. Make sure the brush roll spins freely. If not, lubricate the bearings if possible.
5. Check the belt for signs of wear — it should be taut. Typically, the belt should last about six months in commercial cleaning.
6. Remove any debris that may have accumulated in the machine’s air passages.
7. With the brush roll removed, look for cracks, unevenness or worn spots on the interior casing of the vacuum cleaner. These could be signs of problems down the road.
8. Clean or replace filters, including high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, per manufacturers’ recommendations.
9. Wipe the outer casing of the vacuum cleaner, which helps prevent dust and contaminants from becoming airborne and clean equipment looks more professional.
10. Inspect cords and plugs. Some JanSan service departments report repairing/replacing cords and plugs as the number one vacuum cleaner repair problem.
Kennedy said: "A final tip is to have the vacuum cleaner checked every year. This [can] prevent a small issue from becoming a big problem."
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