Advancements in science have made it possible for something as basic as vacuum cleaners to have innovative features and be powered by smart technology. The newest vacuum cleaners can also be wireless. The appliances provide quality suction power with multiple detachable gadget heads for various purposes. However, human error and negligence can affect the durability of these machines. So here are 5 common mistakes to avoid while using a vacuum cleaner.
Neglecting cleaning the filter
You do have to clean the vacuum cleaners from time to time for it to function properly. Remove the filters and collection bins inside the appliance and clean them. Doing so right after emptying the bin will improve the suction quality.
Not using the right accessories
Vacuum cleaners come with multiple cleaning heads and attachments designed for specific tasks. For example, brush cleaner heads are suitable for scrubbing and vacuuming dust, dander, and surface pollutants off the carpet. If you use a flathead attachment designed for floor cleaning, it does not serve the purpose. So, use the right accessories to vacuum efficiently.
Vacuuming oddly shaped objects or liquids
Vacuum cleaners are designed to suction microscopic objects. Even if the motor is powerful enough, the gadget cannot pick up odd items like stones, screws, or even liquids unless built explicitly for the same. Also, these objects can seriously damage the attachment or the interior of the suction assembly. Absorbing liquids increases the risk of electrocution. So, avoid these actions unless your cleaner has a special head attachment designed to suction liquids.
Running over the wire
This is not a big problem with wireless vacuums as they are battery-operated. However, there is a risk of running over the wire repeatedly with corded vacuums. This action can fray the wires and expose the copper that conducts the electricity. While the vacuum may not stop working, the exposed wire increases the risk of electrocution.
Assuming the motor is damaged
Vacuum cleaners may overheat periodically due to a full bin or continuous use. But that does not mean that the motor is broken or needs repair. Many modern vacuum cleaners have an auto shut-off feature that activates when the sensors detect overheating. It is best not to assume the worst if the appliance suddenly stops working.