Why Doesn’t My Vacuum Work Anymore?

To put it bluntly, your filters are clogged. Probably. There could be other problems, I can’t completely diagnose your issues from my comfortable seat in my office, but this is likely the case. Vacuum cleaners have filters. Every single one, most of the current bagless models have three or four. If a single filter clogs, the entire vacuum will stop working.

Finding your filters should be relatively easy, making sure you have all of them may be a bit trickier. You can typically find them by following the airflow from the intake to the exhaust. Most bagless vacuums have a pair of filters immediately after the canister where all the dirt collects. Go grab yours, take a look at those filters. One likely looks like a sponge, maybe like some folded paper arranged in a circle. If you have a sponge filter, pull it out and dust it off before running it under some hot water in your sink. Ring it out repeatedly until it stops lightening, then let it completely dry before replacing it. The crinkly paper looking filters can be knocked off outside, or cleaned with another vacuum.

By the exhaust of your vacuum, there’s another filter. This one is much more difficult to clean, and needs to be replaced. Keep an eye on it, and consult your users manual for cleaning instructions.

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Andrew Mongeau
Field Manager
InstaDRY, Carpet & Tile Cleaning

Clean of the Day by Bret! 04/11/2015

We were very impressed with the recent work by Bret over the weekend!!  Please call 407-476-8525 and ask for Bret!!

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A New Cleaning System

All of our technicians here at InstaDRY has been giving customers advice on maintaining their cleaning equipment, like the vacuum.  We have written a blog explaining about one of the main causes of premature carpet wear.  http://www.carpet-cleaning-in-orlando.com/blog/?p=178 . There are many cleaning systems out there that makes cleaning your home much easier and healthier.  Here are the good points of a cleaning system that will work best for your home:

  1.  It should improve the indoor air quality. (Hypo-Allergenic)
  2. Reduces wearing on your carpets and rugs.
  3. Keeps the grout clean from dirt staining.
  4. Maintains the finish on your wood floors.
  5. Eliminates dust and pet dander.

We are now proud to announce The Orlando Vacuum Store is now open!  Please check out the following site for more information at: http://www.orlandovacuums.com/pouring

Clean of the week 6/27/2014

Andrew did it again!!  This is two weeks in a row that he got clean of the week!  Please call and ask for Andrew!
Andrew did it again!! This is two weeks in a row that he got clean of the week! Please call and ask for Andrew!

Premature Carpet Wear

Have you ever wondered why a carpet that has a 10 year warranty tends to start thinning  real fast within the first 5 years.  Then before the 10 years are up, you are looking at changing the floors because of the looks?

There are many factors that causes this to happen in a home.  One of the many reasons for the premature wearing can be caused by loose sand and dirt that the household vacuum is not getting. People are used to seeing the vacuum commercials saying that the vacuum has so much suction that it can pick up bowling balls, steel b.b.s, and bald baby heads (don’t try, sorry for the bad joke). The cleaning ability of this machine is not determined by suction, but by airflow.  Airflow is the vehicle for the dirt to ride on in from the vacuum in order to get eliminated from the carpets. Once the bags and/or filters gets clogged from the sand and dirt, then there is a significant reduction in the airflow of the vacuum.  Then the machine can only get light fluffy filth, but leaves the sand at the base of the carpet where the traffic pattern starts thinning out.

My favorite expert advise for my customers is to do some simple routine maintenance on their vacuum.  If you only have a bag on your machine, then you might want to change that bag more often than used to.  Even the vacuum instruction manuals say that the bags become clogged way before it appears to be full.  If you have filters, then you should at least brush clean your filters after every time you use your vacuum (check your manual on suggested cleaning methods).  By the way, DYSON VACUUMS DO HAVE FILTERS THAT HAS TO BE CLEANED!

We have some customers that even though they have kids and pets, their carpets are at least 15 years old and looks newer than most people’s 3 year old carpet.  I’ve asked them what their secret was and they all said they clean their vacuum after every time they use it.  They don’t just dump the filth out of the container, but they clean the filters as well.

The other part we have noticed is how fast people are tossing their vacuums out to get a new one because of the excessive filth.  A good portion of customers are getting new vacuums on an annual basis.  It doesn’t matter if you get a $50 Dirt Devil from Wal-Mart or a $3,000 vacuum from a home salesman.  Once those bags/filters gets clogged, then you have very minimal cleaning ability.  Taking this advice of adding a simple routine maintenance step can simultaneously save you money and improve the overall health in your home.

Even when our technicians starts cleaning on the job, they always start with a pre-clean of the area.  That involves a high power vacuuming to ensure that all the loose sand and dirt is eliminated out of the carpets before using the cleaning compound.  During this stage of the pre-clean, we would be shutting our machine off quite often just to clean the filters. That is how we know we are doing a true restoration clean for our customers.  Our pre-clean is a very important step in our cleaning process.

Feel free to contact us anytime for other questions, comments, or suggestions.