It may sound strange to some, but even vacuum cleaners need to be cleaned from time to time. The reason for this is that they can become dirty after months or years of picking up pet hair, dirt, and dander.
If the brushes and accessories are not cleaned out now and then, they can become clogged, which may reduce their effectiveness. This is why it is important to clean them every few weeks or months, depending on the part.
The water basin should always be cleaned because it is integral to the cleaning power of the vacuum. If the basin is dirty, then the water that is being used to clean the home will also be dirty. This means the home will not be as clean as it should be.
In most cases, a simple rinse with water is all it takes to clean the water basin. If residue is left behind, a gentle cleaning solution may be used. When using a cleaning solution, always check the manual to make sure that it is one that will not damage the basin.
Those who have owned traditional vacuums are familiar with how the beater brush becomes clogged with hair and fur over time. The only way to deal with this problem is to turn the machine over and clean out the brush.
To clean it, make sure the vacuum is unplugged and remove the attachment that needs cleaned. It is best to clean the attachment over a plastic bag, or at least on a tile or wood floor that will be easier to clean afterward.
For most of the attachments, a soft toothbrush or a few large pipe cleaners are all that will be needed to clean out debris. Some attachments may also have come with a cleaning tool. If this is the case, then that should be used instead.
Depending on the part, it may be possible to clean them with water or a liquid cleaning solution. Before doing this, read through any manuals or owner’s guide books to see if there are any precautions that should be taken.
Common precautions include common sense tips like never submerge electrical parts in water, and avoid using sharp objects. Another useful practice is to always dry every tool off thoroughly to make sure there are no traces of liquid or any gummy residue.
The last part that often needs cleaned on any vacuum is the filter. The first step in cleaning the filter is to locate it on the unit. Some are easily accessible while others may require a screwdriver or other tool to reach.
The next step is to determine if the filter is meant to be disposable or washable. If it is disposable, simply throw it away and replace it with a new one. This should be done every few months or years, depending on how dirty it is.
Washable filters should be washed according to the directions, often with simple water and dried overnight before using them again. This will help prevent any excess water from leaking onto other Rainbow sweeper parts after putting it back in the unit.