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What you need to know about vacuum cleaner filters

Vacuum cleaner filters


What types of vacuum cleaner filtersare there? What is each type of vacuum cleaner filter for? Is it necessary to change vacuum cleaner filters? How to clean vacuum cleaner filters? What is a HEPA filter?

Since bagless vacuum cleaners began to be marketed, there are more and more types and shapes of filters in vacuum cleaners. However, manufacturers do not give many explanations, and if they do, the truth is that they are not very good. But it can be easy: the different filters have the mission that the air passing through the device is perfectly clean and the household dirt is isolated in a tank.

  • What types of vacuum cleaner filters are there?
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    • Plastic cyclone filters. They are usually cylindrical and with holes that take care of a first filtering of the dirt. They stop hairs, lint and large bodies of vacuuming to protect the subsequent filters. They do not usually break.
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    • Foam filters, or foam filters. They stop large dust particles. They exist in almost all types of vacuum cleaner, both bagless and bagged. There are different qualities depending on the size of particles they stop or filter thickness. They wear out over time (it is advisable to change them at least once a year for them to be effective) and lose their capacity to retain dirt.
    • HEPA filters. English acronym for High Efficiency Particulate Air. Basically this filter is usually the one that collects the smallest dust particles, without quickly clogging the air flow. This filter is important in bagless vacuum cleanersbecause dust mites, pollens and particles that cause allergies remain in it. This filter is the most fragile and subject to the most wear and tear. If the use of the appliance is medium/high it is recommendable to change it every 6 months at the most. Keep in mind that if this filter wears out (and YES, it does wear out) the particles that it has to block, return to the air in the home.
    • Mesh filters. They protect the HEPA filter to extend its life. They are nylon meshes that are placed in front or around. It rarely needs to be replaced unless it ends up in the trash by mistake.
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  • Can vacuum cleaner filters be cleaned?
    • Foam, nylon or plastic filters present no problem to clean them with water and a NON ABRASIVE soapy detergent, although, with time and cleaning they lose effectiveness in their function.
    • The cleaning of HEPA filters is very different. Although many manufacturers recommend washing them with water, once wet they clog and reduce the air flow rate. It is preferable to vacuum them with another vacuum cleaner or blow them up with the help of a compressor.
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what you should know about vacuum cleaner filters