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What should I know before buying a vacuum cleaner?
Buying a vacuum cleaner that's right for your needs. The life of your carpet depends on it.
There are three basic types of dirt to remove from a carpet:
1. Visible lint and surface litter
2. Dust not visible to the naked eye laying just below the surface
3. Heavy dirt and sand laying at the bottom of your carpet fiber
The purchase of a new vacuum cleaner is an important decision. The right vacuum and its proper use can double or triple your carpet's life expectancy, saving you thousands of dollars in carpet wear. Most people presume a vacuum is doing its job. You can't see the bottom of your carpet to know if your vacuum is removing the sand and grit responsible for carpet damage. The overall appearance of your carpet depends on a good vacuum cleaner. If the vacuum cleaner you purchase has enough air flow and suction to lift the carpet nap to the brushes, the vacuum will brush the nap and help it to stand up properly. The result will be newer looking and easier-to-clean carpeting.
This is how carpet nap should look if your vacuum is helping it to stand up properly:
If your vacuum is performing poorly, the carpet nap will remain matted and packed down from foot traffic. Sand and grit cannot be pulled from flattened carpet fibers. Dark colored traffic trails begin to appear. As the sand and dirt build up, it acts like sandpaper, slowly wearing and cutting the carpet fibers as you walk across it. Carpet nap after the pile has begun to mat down. Sand and heavy dirt cannot get through the flattened fibers:
So, how do you make a good decision on a new vacuum?
1. Study the various makes and models. Find out how they perform with the type of carpet you have, the type of pad and how it was installed (stretched or glued).
2. Contact WE FIX IT SWEEPER COMPANY. Our professional staff can answer your questions, analyze your cleaning needs and aid you in your buying decision.
Let us help you select the right vacuum cleaner.
How often should I service my vacuum cleaner?
All vacuum cleaners should be serviced every 12 to 18 months.
As dirt, dust and lint pass through your vacuum cleaner, a buildup in the bearing housings and bearings will slow down the
brush roll causing excessive wear on your vacuum motor and belt. Over a period of time some brushes become soft, lose
effectiveness and need to be replaced. A worn out brush may still look completely fine. If not replaced, it will simply
turn, never touching the carpet. This cuts your cleaning efficiency by as much as 50 percent.
Accumulated dirt and dust in the motor bearings will slow down the motor along with a sluggish brush roll. The result
is an overheated motor which can drastically shorten the life of a vacuum motor or even require total replacement of the entire vacuum.
Carbon brushes in the motor transmit electricity to the armature. As the motor turns, the brushes wear out. Should they wear out,
the electric wire could touch the armature, cause a short circuit and ultimately burn out the motor. Dust and lint building up in the motor can become lodged between the armature
and carbon brush causing motor failure and may even present a fire hazard.
The overall appearance of your carpet depends on a good vacuum cleaner.
If the vacuum cleaner you purchase has enough air flow and suction to lift the carpet nap to the brushes, the vacuum will brush the nap and help it to stand up properly. The result
will be newer looking and easier to clean carpeting.
If your vacuum is performing poorly, the carpet nap will remain matted and packed down from foot traffic. Sand and grit cannot be pulled from flattened carpet fibers. Dark colored
traffic trails begin to appear. As the sand and dirt build up, it acts like sandpaper, slowly wearing and cutting the carpet fibers as you walk across it.
Let us service your vacuum every 12 to 18 months and avoid these potential problems. Keep your vacuum working at its maximum cleaning efficiencythe beauty and
longevity of your carpet and upholstery depend on it.
Remember, at WE FIX IT SWEEPER COMPANY you can expect...Quality Products, Professional Advice, Expert Repairs.
Do I need a canister vacuum or upright vacuum?
In general, canister vacuum cleaners are more versatile, lighter, and easier to maneuver. Canister vacuum cleaners also provide smoother transitions between different types of flooring. Upright vacuums are best suited for homes with carpet in every room. Upright vacuums have long been
a mainstay here in the United States and provide some of the best cleaning for carpeting areas. Some with dual motors, or the ability to disengage the brushroll, can make uprights suitable for smooth floor cleaning as well.
Are vacuum cleaners with dust bags better for allergy sufferers?
The simple answer is "Yes". Vacuum cleaners with dust bags are generally healthier for allergy sufferers because the bag keeps the dust out of the air. However,
not all bags are created equally. Some bags have large pores which allow allergens to escape the bag.
However, as long as care is taken when emptying the dust bin, bagless vacuum cleaners, like Dyson vacuums, have much to offer allergy sufferers.
If you have allergies and use a bagless vacuum cleaner, we recommend that you empty the dust bin outdoors. We also suggest that you either have someone else empty it for you or wear a mask.
Why should I change my vacuum cleaner's filters regularly?
Most appliances come with manufacturer recommendations as to how often to change or wash filters, but these are soon forgotten not long after consumers read their product manual.
Yet, there are good reasons to follow these guidelines and in some cases, you should even maintain filters more often than recommended.
Filters are used to remove particles that can restrict air flow and reduce appliance efficiency and to prevent dust and dirt from penetrating to the motor, which could drastically reduce
its lifecycle. In appliances such as vacuums, furnaces, air cleaners and humidifiers, filters trap and/or reduce allergens and dust from being exhausted back to the room during operation.
play a large role in improving indoor air quality while helping your appliance work more efficiently. While one filter may be adequate for a certain appliance, the presence of HEPA and/or
multi-stage filters, provides a better filtration system to remove allergens from the home.
The cost to replace appliance filters is usually fairly low except for specialty and HEPA filters, which tend to vary in price, depending on size and design. Buying an appliance that has
washable filters can save you on-going maintenance costs while making it convenient to care for your appliance.
Filter change recommendations are based on average home use and should be adjusted accordingly. If your home has pets, allergy sufferers, windows are open often or your home just seems to
be a magnet for dust/dirt, filters should be changed or washed more often than recommended. Unsure when to change filters? If your appliance does not have a filter change indicator, you'll
need to check their condition often to establish a routine replacement schedule. Dirty filters or the presence of dirt clogs signals the need for a change or cleaning. Check your product
manual for how to change filters and note any special care tips.
It's a good idea to keep a small supply of filters on hand. In fact, when you purchase an appliance that uses filters, buy at least one set of replacements at the same time. Record the
filter name and number for future reference and locate a source of supply. Routine filter cleaning will help your appliance work efficiently, extend its life, reduce energy costs and
allow filtration systems to work properly.
If a vacuum cleaner has a more powerful motor, does that mean it has more suction power?
Not necessarily. The amperage of a vacuum cleaner's motor measures electrical current, not performance or suction power. The performance of the vacuum cleaner depends on
the overall design, the filtration, and the air flow. Air flow is measured in CFM (cubic feet of air per minute), and vacuum cleaners with high CFM ratings have more suction power.
What is the difference between a turbobrush and a powerbrush?
A turbobrush is air-driven, while a powerbrush is driven by electricity (usually an independent motor in the brush attachment itself).
How often should I vacuum my home?
We recommend that allergy sufferers vacuum at least twice a week, but you may want to vacuum more frequently if you see dust build-up in high-traffic areas or if you have a pet.
How many passes of a vacuum cleaner does it take to clean carpet?
It takes seven or eight passes of the vacuum to effectively clean a heavily soiled piece of carpet. This number can go down depending on the model used. With some
vacuums, you can clean in two passes, but this will vary depending on how soiled the carpet is and whether or not pet hair is present. Sometimes pet hair can be stubbornly entangled in carpet fiber.
At what height should my nozzle adjustment be set?
The level you set your nozzle at depends on the height of your carpet. For example, you would use the lowest setting for a low-pile carpet and a higher one for plush carpet. You'll only need to push your vacuum with a moderate amount of effort when you've selected the appropriate level.
When do I know it's time to replace the belt on my vacuum?
If you think your vacuum isn't cleaning as well as it used to or the brush roll has stopped turning, it may be time to change your belt. First,
shut off your vacuum and unplug its cord. It's not difficult to replace the belt as long as you have a screwdriver and a replacement belt. For instructions
for your specific vacuum, refer to your owner's manual or call the manufacturer's service center.
What should I do if my vacuum cleaner isn't picking up dirt?
First, give it a full inspection. To do so, turn the machine off and unplug it. Then, check to see if the belt is worn or broken,
or if the roller-brush won't move. Also, look for a full bag or any blockage that might be affecting the power of the machine. Sometimes,
new carpet can be a problem because it sheds more fiber and has a tendency to fill bags quickly and clog the air stream. If everything checks
out and your machine still isn't working properly, bring it in to our shop.