Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Reconditioned Bissell Vacuum Cleaner

I. M. Systems Vacuum Sales has come up with a few ways to make your Bissell Power Force Vacuum last longer and perform at it's highest capacity with a few easy steps.

First: See how the vacuum is performing. Is it sucking up the dirt?

Is the roller brush turning?

Is it really loud?

If it's bagless, do you see the dirt turning in the dust cup?

Let's answer some of these qauestions first. If the vacuum seems like it's not sucking up dirt from the carpet there is a couple of things to check. The roller brush may not be turning or the hose going from the base of the vacuum to the dust cup may be pugged up. You need to remove the hose from the dust cup and from the base. There is a screw on the back of the handle that holds the hose on. The other end should just pull out of the base of the vacuum. Two ways of cleaning the hose is by taking another vacuum hose and sucking out any dust or dirt in teh hose. Or take a wire hanger and push the clogged are through the end of the hose. Wash the hose out either by garden hose or by kitchen faucet. Either way this should unplug the clog and allow the dust and dirt flow through the hose to the dust cup or bag. Just make sure you allow the hose to dry completely before you put it back on teh vacuum.

If the roller brush is not turning there could be a couple of things wrong. First the belt is broken. This is an easy repair and your belt should be changed every six months anyway. You'll need to take a screwdriver and pry the locks up on the bottom plate to expose the roller brush and belt. A new belt goes around the shaft of the motor and the other goes around the roller brush. If the belt is old it may just be stretched out to much causing the roller brush not to turn.

Second: There maybe to much carpet string or hair around the roller brush causing it not to turn. Take a razor knife and cut the hair or strings off of the brush. At this point I like to put a little WD 40 on each end of the roller brush to keep the barrings lubbed up and turning.

Third: The barings oin the brush maybe locked up. If this is the case you can get replacement barings for the roller or if you have had the vacuum for awhile you may want to just replace the entire brush. Usually if the barings lock up the belt will burn off at the shaft due to the brush not able to turn. You can get a replacement belt from troysvacuums.com.

Fourth: if the roller brush turns freely and the belt is ok, check to see if the shaft of the motor turns. If it does not then there are several possibilities but the end result is the motor is probably bad. In this case you will need to take the vacuum to a professional and have them change the motor or at least give a second opinion. In this case the vacuum will be very loud and have a strong vibration in the handle.

If you do get a strong vibration and the Bissell Vacuum Cleaner is very loud the other possibility is it could have a cracked housing around the fan or a broken fan. In this case get a second opinion and have a professional change the fan.

Now if your vacuum checks out, lets clean!

I like to start from the bottom and go up. Unplug the vacuum and rmove the roller brush. Take a razor knife and remove the carpet strings and hair from around the brush. Look at the length of the bristles to make sure they are beating the carpet. troysvacuums.com suggest using all purpose cleaner 409 to clean the roller brush expecially the ends where the barrings are.

While you got the roller brush off, go ahead and change the belt. Clean all parts around the motor Use the all purpose cleaner and to make it shiny we use Armoral. On the top plate you may notice some paint scratches. To remove these take some 409 and Comet. Spray the 409 on a rag and pour some Comet on top of that. Just rub the Comet and 409 over the scratches and you'll see the paint come right off. After, use some Armor all to shine the spots back up.

If the vacuum is baggless take the dust cup off and wash it out. Just make sure you let it dry completely before placing it back on the vacuum.

Clean around the vacuum where the dust cup goes and remove all dust and dirt. This process is for two reasons. After you cleaned thsi area and you use the vacuum again you can see if teh dust cup han any leaks around the seals.

Just clean the parts of the vacuum with Armorall and you will be amazed at how well it looks and how much better it performs.

Always remember safety when looking over the vacuum. Unplug the vacuum from the outlet and if unsure of what to do consult troysvacuums.com

Happy Cleaning from I. M. Systems Vacuum Sales

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

How To Clean Your Kirby Vacuum Cleaner Generation 3 to Sentera

Did your Mom ever tell you "make your bed," and you said "But I'm just going to mess it up when I go back to bed latter." Well even though that's true you still had to make your bed in the end and you still messed it up again at bed time.

You can say the same thing about your car, house and garage but did you ever think about cleaning your vacuum. Sounds a little ridiculouse but having a clean vacuum will make the vacuum last longer and help the performance of the vacuum for years to come.

I'd like to share with you how to clean your Kirby to make it look brand new again wheather it's 1 year old or 50 years old you can rejuvenate your vacuum to make it 100% again and here's how I. M. Systems Vacuum Sales does it.

You will need the following tools and supplies, WD 40, hex screw driver, razor blade, Mothers Aluminum Chrome Polish, Armourall, Comet, rags and a polisher.

First step - Lift the light up and unlock the head from the base of the vacuum. Turn the belt lock dial and the head should come right off. Turn the head over and look at the roller brush. You will probable see hair and carpet strings wrapped around the brush. Unlock the bottom plate and remove the rubber bumper guard off of the head. The roller brush will come right out.

Second step - You will need a razor blade or a sharp knife and cut off the hair and the carpet strings. Examine the barrings on each side of the roller brush. Squirt a little WD 40 on the sides of the barrings to lubricate. Pay special attention to the barrings and make sure there is no hair or strings around the ends of the brush so the barrings don't get bound up.

If one end of the roller brush is bound up or doesn't turn properly you should replace the roller brush. You can order a new brush from troysvacuums.com. Whip down brush with any all purpose cleaner.

Third step - Take the head of the vacuum and whip out all the extra dust and dirt. If the dust and dirt is caked up enough you can use a screw driver or scrapper to help. If need you can also wash out the excess in your sink. If you do this just make sure you spray WD 40 on the locks and around the dial on the inside to keep from rusting up or locking up in the future. After this step set the head and roller brush off to the side.

Forth step - This is an important step. Take the bag off the base of the vacuum. You'll see arrows on where the base of the bag goes on the base of the vacuum. Just twist a half of turn and the base should come right off. Unhook the bag from the handle and the bag should be free. Take your disposable bag out of the cloth bag and examine the tube inside. Lint and hair often clogs up any vacuum and cuts off the suction power. Just free up the clog and it should fall out of the tube. Set the bag off to the side.

Fifth step - Take the cord off the handle and base of the vacuum. There is a plug cover over the base and is held in place by a hex screw. Take the cover off and unplug the cord from the base. Take the top cover off the back of the base. There is a hex screw that holds the cord in plase and then another at the bottom of the base just above the drive and neutral switch. Push the handle button release and remove the handle. Take off the cover and expose all the chrome possible for polishing.

Sixth step - Polish the chrome. There are two ways of doing this. If you have a Black and Decker Mouse that works the best but if not you can purchase a polish tool that goes on the end of your drill.

Use the Mothers Aluminum polish. I start on top of the base by appling the Mothers polish with my finger in a small area. I take the Mouse tool and hold it on the area with the polish for two minutes. After two minutes shut the tool off. Using a rag wipe off the black residue where the Mouse or polishing tool was. You will see the chrome will be just as shiny as the day you bought it. If not reapply the Mothers Polish and repeat the step again. The lighter scratches that have accomilated over the years will diappear but the deeper ones you can't remove but they will be shiny. Once you have done the base repeat by doing the same with the head. Try and get all the areas on the Kirby Vacuum so the dull bad spots won't stand out.

You can use just a rag and the polish but it takes longer and is harder work but it does work.

Last Step: Put everything back together. Put the belt on the roller brush and place the brush in the head. Place the rubber bumper around the bottom and then the metal roller brush guard on. Place the head on the base. Put the cord back on the unit the same way you removed it. Place the handle back on with the bag and a new paper bag inside.

You have a vacuum that is refurbished and runs 100% again.