Everyday Cheapskate: How to Clean a Shark Vacuum and its Filters
You know by now just how much I love my Shark vacuum cleaner. And given my readers' letters and comments, I know that many of you have Sharkies, too.
I love your messages. They make me smile because I understand the range of emotions that come from using a Shark vacuum for the first time -- from amazement to flat-out embarrassment.
Where on Earth did all of this dirt and debris come from? I can't believe what's been lurking in my carpet!
With all of the miles I've put on my numerous Shark vacs over the years, I've never had one fail. And while the manufacturer boasts that Sharks never lose suction, that is predicated on regularly cleaning their canister, filters and rotating brush.
It's right there in the owner manual, which most of us don't think to read until we have a problem. You need to clean your Shark every three months to keep it working at top efficiency -- more often with heavy use. It's easy.
Signs that Sharkie needs a bath:
-- Loss of suction.
-- Dirt being left behind.
-- Sounds weird, like Sharkie is gasping for air.
-- An unpleasant, dirty odor.