The thought of spring cleaning may strike fear into your heart (especially if your little ones have been home on snow days!), but it should also give you a sense of relief,  as it means that Spring will soon be here! While your home may need spring cleaning, what about the device that you use to spring clean? YES! Your vacuum is also in need of a deep clean…here are 10 quick tips!

The following “Ten Spring Cleaning Tips for Vacuum Cleaners,” prepared by Jolynn Kennedy, marketing manager for Tornado Industries, offers helpful advice to keep vacuums in tip-top shape all year round:

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 (beater bar).  If there are signs of wear, the brush roll should be replaced.  Remove hair, lint, and other items entangled on the roll.

3.  Unscrew the cap on either end of the brush roll (if applicable) 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 machine’s the 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 HEPA filters, per manufacturers’ recommendations.

9.  Wipe the outer casing of the vacuum cleaner; this 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.

Another important note to make is that you should really get your vacuum “tuned up” at least once a year! The professionals at Erv’s can make sure that your vacuum won’t leave you stranded due to a malfunction that could have been easily fixed our prevented! Happy Spring Cleaning all!