It’s been a very up-and-down year, to say the least, since we started locking down and sheltering in place. During that time we’ve gone through a few classic storms and have all had to sacrifice a lot to save a lot of lives. Fortunately, sections of our company were deemed essential services and we were able to maintain a scaled-back operation from our flood response and recovery division.
We’re back to being fully booked and are slowly catching up with all of our customers. That being said, there are a few things that you can do to keep your home healthy and clean until we can roll up for a hearty deep clean of your carpets. Keep on top of these few things to limit the dirt and air-borne allergens that live in your carpet.
The Vacuum Is Your Friend
This is the single best thing that you can do to keep your carpets maintained between deep cleanings. Vacuuming pulls up all of the loose dirt and ‘whatnot’ from your carpets and floors. This really helps to limit how much dirt is ground deeper into the pile by foot traffic if it’s not cleaned regularly. The less surface dirt that’s loose in the carpet the better. However, don’t neglect the vacuum itself as it also needs routine maintenance to operate effectively. There are a few things that you need to keep an eye on so you’re not just blowing dirt into the air!
Check the hoses for blockage.
Usually, it’s clear if there’s a blockage, the motor gets loud as it tries in vain to suck air past the blockage so we don’t usually see this building up over time. However, even a hairball can restrict flow and labour the vacuum to run at a lower efficiency.
Replace the filter.
All carpet suckers have filters. Some are HEPA and work really well. Some have multiple dust filters and so maintenance is very important. The HEPA filters are disposable and need to be replaced on a schedule. Many vacuums have reusable dust filters that can be washed and reused. Don’t forget to do this frequently. The cleaner the filters are, the more airflow and the stronger the dirt removal is. This is the most important maintenance item.
Check for belt wear and beater condition.
Vacuums with belt-driven beater bars or rollers are also prone to needing maintenance. These brushes help pound away at the carpet and dislodge dirt to be sucked up by the motor. If the belt is worn or stretched the brushes might stall or not spin at optimum velocity, reducing its effectiveness. Likewise, it could pick up lengths of string or shoelace or long hair which can wrap around the roller and restrict the spinning ability. This puts strain on the motor and could cause slipping at the belt and might burn up in the process. These are usually very easy to remove and clean.
Check condition and change bags often.
If your machine used a bag, change it often. Even half-full, will restrict air and reduce the ability for it to do its job. If you run a bagless model, be sure to clean out the canister frequently. Given the nature of the canister, it’s also necessary to rinse it out or wash it every so often to remove any build-up. The ‘full’ indicators aren’t the best way to measure the time to empty as they sometimes rely on air restriction to move the needle. Empty and clean frequently and you’ll prolong the life of the machine and keep it running at maximum efficiency.
Stay clean, stay healthy. We’ll see you soon!