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Maintaining a commercial vacuum cleaner regularly can be easy to forget

The failure to keep up with the maintenance of your commercial vacuum cleaner can significantly lower its performance. A poorly maintained vacuum cleaner will leave behind dirt and debris, which results in a “dirty” clean. Ineffective cleaning can affect the health and hygiene of employees and building users.

In contrast, a well-kept vacuum cleaner along with proper cleaning can improve the indoor air quality of your workplace.

Taking the correct care of your vacuum cleaner will also lengthen its life and reduce the need for repairs and replacement. Give your vacuum a little TLC to increase cleaning effectiveness, save you money and enhance the cleanliness of the carpets and floors.

Properly cared for and cleaned commercial vacuum cleaners can deliver in ways you may have never considered. Following a maintenance routine schedule is the most effective way to ensure you’re getting the best out of your equipment.

Check out the following tips for cleaning and maintaining your commercial vacuums:

Inspect dust bags

At the beginning of each use, check the filter bag before use. Change the bag when it is 2/3 full. Do not wait for the bag to become totally full, as this will restrict airflow and can slow performance

Check micro filter compartment

Remove any dust and dirt. If the microfilter has visible dirt or has an odour when using the vacuum, wash or change the filter.

Check motor and filters

If a filter is present, replace it when visibly dirty. Motor filters usually need to be replaced every 2 years or when visibly dirty, depending on what comes first.

Check brushes/floor tool

The brush will need to be removed, then any strands of hair or carpet fibres wound around the brush can to be removed and cleaned. Scissors work well at removing these particles, avoid cutting brush bristles.

Keep tool storage compartments clean

To help limit the transfer of dirt and allergens to clean areas and ensure that accessories perform as expected by keeping tools clean this will encourage good working order.

Inspect suction hoses and electric cables

If you suspect a blockage due to lack of airflow, remove the hoses and check for obstructions. If an obstruction has occurred, disconnect the hose and pull the blockage out. Check all electric cables for any fraying or damage and replace if necessary.

Wash out the tank (cleaning vacuums) 

Remove any dirty water from the tank, rinse and let dry for optimal cleaning results. Thoroughly cleaning the tank is especially important to avoid unpleasant odours and mould.

Check squeegee on floor tool (wet vacuums)

Check for any cracks or splits on squeegees before use. Damage to squeegees will cause streaking on floors and result in poor water pickup. The length of squeegee life depends on the types of surfaces you are cleaning.

In summary, when it comes to prolonging the life of your vacuum and ensuring it works to its full protentional, it is always better to stay on top of regular professional maintenance checks and repairs.