3 issues to avoid when using a vacuum

Vacuuming the house is something that relatively few of us actively look forward to, but it’s a task that has to be done, nonetheless. And what might make vacuuming feel like even more of a chore for you, is when something goes wrong that makes your vacuum cleaner less effective or even causes it to cease to work altogether.

So, let’s take some of the stress out of this essential household task, by introducing you right now to three of the most avoidable problems one might encounter when using a vacuum cleaner.

Making the wrong decision if your vacuum stops working

It’s an event that’s probably happened to all of us at least once a twice: the vacuum just suddenly ceasing to work, not turning on, or not staying on if you can get it going. If this has occurred to you before, you might have even presumed your appliance had simply broken, and rushed out to buy a new one… only to realise later that the issue with your existing cleaner was a simple fix.

So, the next time your vacuum seems to give up the ghost, don’t immediately assume the cause. Check that the vacuum is still plugged into a working power outlet, and that there’s no need to reset fuses and breakers. Make sure there aren’t any blockages in the hose and filters, and if you do find any obstruction, make sure it is removed.

Alternatively, of course, the vacuum bag may simply be full, thereby preventing the appliance from being turned on. If that’s the case, resolving the issue will be as straightforward as replacing the bag. You get the idea; a lot of the time, a vacuum cleaner ceasing to work doesn’t signal that there’s a terminal problem with it.

Vacuuming things that your appliance isn’t designed to vacuum

While we’re on the subject of potential damage to your vacuum cleaner, one thing you can be sure will cause carnage with the health of your appliance over time, is using it to vacuum things that should frankly never be near a vacuum cleaner.

As online articles like this one from Which? and this one from Good Housekeeping explain, there’s a long list of things that could damage your vacuum or clog it up if you hoover them up, including large pieces of glass, soil and plant debris, liquids, and small objects such as coins and paperclips.

It’s so easy with items like the above to have an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ attitude, thinking that once it’s been sucked up, you won’t have to think about it again. Alas, there are too many horror stories out there indicating this sadly isn’t the case.

Allowing hair to clog up your vacuum

Before you panic, don’t worry – hair is one of those things that it’s broadly OK for you to vacuum. But let’s face it – it’s also another thing that clogs up vacuum roller bristle brushes.

You might have tried various awkward ways of getting hair out of your vacuum, such as knives or scissors, but these aren’t always effective, or even safe. That’s all the more reason, then, for you to have a dedicated vacuum hair remover, such as the SPh2ONGE Pikk-it, kept to one side to make the removal of hair from your cleaner a quick and easy process. It’s great for using on hairbrushes, too.

Hopefully, the above pointers will help you approach your next vacuuming job with confidence, instead of fear or dread. Have you encountered any of the above issues when vacuuming, or do you have tips on how to avoid them? If so, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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