Home vacuum cleaners have been in use since the mid 1800s, when they were powered by hand-operated bellows. Modern vacuums are efficient dust and dirt cleaners. Knowing how vacuums work can help you keep a cleaner home and make a good decision when purchasing a new vacuum. Take this quiz to see how sweeping your vacuum knowledge is.
The cleaning capability of a vacuum is increased when there is clear airflow. A fresh bag increases the air flow to the vacuum.
Narrow attachments pick up heavier dirt particles, because they create greater suction.
The first vacuum cleaners were introduced around the mid 1800s and were powered by hand-operated bellows.
The electric vacuum cleaner was an immediate success when offered to consumers during the early 1900s. Due to the high cost of the vacuum, it was considered to be a luxury purchase.
The centralized home vacuum system houses the motor in the basement or outside the home.
The dirt canister of a central vacuum home system should be emptied several times a year.
For heavy-duty cleaning the wet/dry vacuum model is recommended.
The steam-cleaner vacuum is a wet/dry type of vacuum. In addition to sucking up dirt, the steam cleaner also soaps and scrubs the carpet.
James Dyson invented the Cyclone during the 1980s.
A centrifugal force moves air and dirt in a spiral path.
The robotic system is the latest innovation in vacuuming, coming on the market at the beginning of the decade..
The cyclone system has no bag to replace.
Robotic systems, which operate without a person pushing it, are guided by sensors and a navigation program.
Pipes are interconnected in the walls with ports in most rooms. A hose is attached to a room outlet when you want to vacuum that area.
Upright and canister vacuums are the most popular largely due to affordability.
A wet/dry vacuum needs a special collection system, since wet or cloth filter bags would be soaked with liquid. The wet/dry vacuum uses a bucket instead of filter bags.
Different attachments are better suited for different cleaning jobs. The size and shape of the attachment opening determines the job suitability.
Stronger fans create a stronger suction, which results in a more effective vacuum.
Most vacuums have a roller, with brushes, attached to the intake port. The purpose of the roller is to kick the dust and dirt up into the air stream and increase the effectiveness of the vacuum.
Changing the filter before it is full improves the suction and picks up more dirt.