A vacuum repairman once told me that he was
going to name his new boat "The Bagless" in honor of the vacuums that paid for
it. Bagless models don't end up in his shop because they're unreliable, but
because their owners are. The filters on bagless vacuums require regular
cleaning. A dirty filter leads to an overworked motor. And that leads to
repairs ($100 or more).
The usual way to clean a filter is to knock it
against the inside of a trashcan. But that whips up a dust cloud and doesn't
get the filter very clean. So I use a faster, better method: I fire up my shop
vacuum and suck all the dust out of the filter and prefilter screen. It takes
about two minutes and leaves the filter almost as clean as new-my filter is
almost 10 years old and is as immaculate as the day I bought it.
— Gary Wentz, Senior Editor
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I keep my vacuum clean this way as well. When those filters get stuffed up I can't vacuum as well
I purchased a washable replacement filter for my bagless vacuum and I've been very happy with the performance.
I've always used an air compressor and blown out not only the filter, but also the hoses, nooks and crannies, etc.
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