With time your vacuum cleaner starts to get burn out (figuratively) and as this happens the suction slowly loses its grip on dirt particles as it did before when it was new and active. This gets worse by the day and soon you start getting worried because now the cleaner leaves dirt particles on your floor or carpet while cleaning. This is an insidious problem in most, if not, all household.
Have you been in a situation like this? If you have then you must have searched the internet to find a quick solution to improve your vacuum suction so you can get back to cleaning your household, or you already fed up with every solution out there referring you to a local repair shop, but wait! What if you could fix and improve your vacuum suction and be sure you would be doing this without taking it to a local repair shop.
Before I show you the keys to your longing answer you should know that buying a new vacuum cleaner would really not mean that much, well, unless you know the cause of the suction loss to start with, so this leads to the same question you’ve been asking, “what actually improves the suction power of your vacuum cleaner" in the following write-up below are expert tips that would answer your question and turn you from a vacuum cleaner rookie to an expert… let’s find out, shall we?
How it’s done
1. Empty the dust bag
This is the first thing you should do before troubleshooting to improve the suction power of your vacuum cleaner. It is a wise decision to check if your dirtbag is full frequently.
Here’s a trick, you should try focusing on the fill line, while for a bagless vacuum cleaner you can locate the fill lines at the front, while those with canister the fill lines are located on the vacuum bag.
While checking regularly, a time would come when dirt particles and hair pile up over the fill line spot, at this stage there won’t be enough room to stuff more dirt, and you would have to empty the dust bag.
It's good you make checking the fill line a habit because the bag doesn't need to look filled up, for you to empty the dust bag. It can go as far making the normal sound the vacuum makes, but there's no guarantee that the suction power is working properly. The goal here is to check the fill line frequently.
2. Use the correct settings
Now, this brings us to the next vital tip, you see if you just empty the bag and start cleaning, well you must have noticed it doesn't fix and improve the performance of the suction. Here's why: emptying the dust bag requires you use the right setting simultaneously, to be specific to the height setting.
The sad truth is not many users know about this and they try other hacks that further compound the problem. You have to know that if you’re using the wrong height settings, no matter how clean your dust bag is, the suction’s performance would lag and just not grip effectively as it used to.
Let me paint a scenario do you can visualize what I am trying to say here: imagine your floors are made from tiles, wood, well especially hard flooring materials, if you use highs settings, it won’t clean effectively because you shouldn’t use higher settings when vacuuming hard flooring types. This kind of floors requires lower settings because a vacuum cleaner performs most when they are closet to the floor. To be on the safe side, use the bare floor setting.
3. Unclog the hose
After cleaning your filters and emptying the dust bag you might still notice the suction not useful as you thought it would be, that's where you unclog the hose. The best way you can do this is to check the tube and see if it's been impeded with hair or dirt.
If you find any debris or dirt trapped in the hose, you can use a broomstick to dislodge the hair or dirt therein. You can also use tweezers for removing stuck debris in the hose.
N.B: to use a broom you would have to stretch the hose out, so it can penetrate properly. Also check the tube from both ends to be sure there are no kinks, holes, or cracks that may cause the suction to drop.
I recommend you replace the entire hose if you notice any of the aforementioned anomalies.
4. Check if the vacuum is airtight
If you're using a canister vacuum then the airflow starts at the tip of the hose, while for an upright cleaner, it starts at the base opening. The places mentioned should only be the place where air should come in, if there are any leaks or airflow found in any other part, this can only mean the vacuum is not cleaning anymore. A loose hose and onboard attachments can cause the air to escape, so it's important to always check for such holes and tighten them up.
How to do this? You may ask, the best way to check for an upright vacuum is to turn it upside down and check for opening through into the body of the vacuum
Also, you check for any blockages that may be causing jams in the path. You can remove the rotating brush if you need to gain better access, so you can check the opening properly, that's if the vacuum was not installed with it.
5. Clean the rotating brush
If you find out the rotating brush of the vacuum cleaner doesn't turn on as expected, then you could know for sure that it's likely a result of low power suction. Because the purpose of a rotating brush is to gather the dirt particles into the suction, which then sucks it up. So having a damaged rotating brush automatically makes the suction power redundant. The brush is vital because it's what makes cleaning with vacuum cleaner pretty easy.
So a rotating brush that isn’t spinning can only mean there would be no suction, which drops the vacuum overall cleaning performance.
Well I can’t say it’s easy to clean, what I recommend is you detaching the rotating brush and cleaning it properly, this should only be done if the rotating brush isn’t spinning as expected, try to remove any debris, hair or dirt particles trapped in the brush, this way your rotating brush gets cleaned.
N.B: Having a clean rotating brush works better.
If your rotating brush is clean, and the suction is still failing, then you can check the vacuum’s belt if it is worn out, as it also causes poor spinning of the brush. What you can do is to remove it and check if it’s damaged or broken. If you find it in a broken or damaged state, then you should replace it with a new one.
N.B: Vacuum belts can be fixed, but I recommend you change it.
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