Kirby Vacuum Cleaners – Maintaining Peak Performance
A well maintained Kirby vacuum cleaner will generally last 2 to 3 times longer than most vacuums. It’s not unusual for my customers to bring in Kirby vacuums for service that are over 20 years old. Kirby vacuum cleaners are made to last, but you do need to maintain your Kirby vacuum regardless of model to maintain optimum cleaning performance.
Change the Kirby vacuum cleaner belt every year. Don’t wait for it to break. Kirby vacuum belts will stretch with use over time, causing a decrease in the rate of agitation that occurs during the cleaning process. Your brush roller should spin as much as possible to effectively remove sand, dust and debris from your carpet. Kirby only makes one size vacuum belt, so it’s very easy to find at an online vacuum store.
Change the brush roller every 2 to 3 years. One of the most neglected parts on the Kirby or most vacuum cleaners for that matter is the brush roller, or sometimes refered to as the vacuum agitator. The brushes on the roller wear over time. This cause a degradation in cleaning performance. Kirby vacuum rollers can cost as cost as much as 40 to 50 dollars, which is a drop in the bucket when you consider the cost of the vacuum cleaner itself.
Use the best vacuum bags possible. Kirby has introduced a HEPA filtration bag with allergen reduction filters. It is certified to meet certain filtration standards and maintainer higher airflow throught the life of the vacuum bag. It feels like cloth. This vacuum bag was introduced for the Kirby Sentria series, but fits all of the Generation and Ultimate G / Diamond Series vacuum cleaners. It will even fit older Kirby vacuums that utilize a Style 3 bag. This bag will reduced the amount of allergens and dust that can become redistributed into your household as you vacuum. I highly recommend using this type of vacuum bag for your Kirby, as filtration for some models is limited at best. If you have pets or allergies, it’s a “must have”.
You should also keep the inside of the outer vacuum cleaner bag clean on your Kirby. I recommend using a canister vacuum cleaner to vacuum the inside of the Kirby exterior vacuum bag out. This applies to all Kirby vacuums, regardless of age or model.
Don’t vacuum up any hard objects. Your big, heavy Kirby vacuum cleaner probably has a plastic fan. The debris from your carpet passes through this area on the way up to the vacuum bag. The fan can break. Simply put, bend down to pick up anything that looks like you shouldn’t be vacuuming it.
Follow these tips and your Kirby vacuum cleaner will perform at peak levels for years. Kirby vacuums are one of the more expensive residential vacuum cleaners available, and it makes sense to maximize your investment by insuring the vacuum performs as well as it possibly can.
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