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The All Important Vacuum Cleaner Bags

Jun 5, 2008
There is no disputing that vacuum cleaners are an important component to making sure that the inside environment in both residences and offices stay clean. Life without vacuums would mean that dust and dirt would accumulate and soon make breathing difficult, as settled dust recirculates back into the air being breathed. Vacuum cleaner bags are a critical component of an effective and efficient vacuum cleaner.

Its bags are an essential component to the most common types of vacuums and are utilized in both upright and in canister ones. Obviously, vacuum bags are not used in the bagless ones. A bagless one instead uses a dust collection bin which can simply be dumped out, cleaned and then replaced for further use.

The problem with the bagless ones is that when the dustbin is opened for cleaning, some of the collected dust becomes airborne. This is of particular concern to people who have asthma, allergies, or are sensitive to dust.

Vacuum cleaner bags allow the operator of its cleaner to change the bag, thereby disposing of the collected dirt, without having to come into direct physical contact with the debris. Many people greatly prefer this over the bagless vacuums and would never even consider using a vacuum that does not use bags.

The main purpose of vacuum bags is to safely collect and retain the dust, dirt, pet hair and other particles that has been captured during the process of vacuuming. Once the bags are filled to capacity, then they are to be changed.

If the bags are not changed frequently enough, then this can cause problems with efficiency, since the suction action of it will be reduced. This is one reason why others prefer not to use vacuums that have bags. Most of the bagless vacuums have collection reservoirs that are clear so that the operator knows exactly when it is time to empty the container.

Because bags cannot be seen into, they must be judged by feel as far as knowing if they are reaching their capacity. Some people try to extend the usefulness of the bags by not changing them as frequently as they should.

Unfortunately, this only serves to short-change the person because it will not have the suction power needed when the bag is overly full. In fact, some of the dust and dirt can even start to be exhausted back into the room when its bag is too full.

In order to get the most vacuuming power and best efficiency out of your machine, it is important to have a ready supply of the proper vacuum bags on hand. This will allow you to change the bag before it gets too full and before there are any problems with dirt being released back into the environment of the home. Skimping on buying them ends up costing much more in terms of lack of efficiency and possible maintenance problems with the machine, if it is often run with bags that are too full.

When shopping for the best one for your home and your specific needs, it is a good idea to consider the vacuum cleaner bags that are required for the unit you are thinking about buying. Check to see how expensive the vacuum bags are for that model and also the capacity and recommended guidelines for replacing them. Also, it is a good idea to see how readily available the bags are at your favorite retailer, so that you know you can conveniently purchase replacements without extra shopping trips or special ordering.
About the Author
Mike Selvon has some great vacuum cleaner parts articles for the hobbist, where you can find out more tips on the vacuum cleaner bags. We appreciate your feedback at our vacuum cleaner review blog.
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