Vacuum cleaners can last a long time if properly maintained and used. One way to prolong the life of yours is to remember that vacuums are designed to suck up dry debris, like dirt, dust, crumbs and other paper. If a spill in the kitchen includes any damp items like chopped-up salad, use a broom rather than the vacuum to clean it up. Introducing any moisture inside a vacuum cleaner can lead to mold and mildew buildup, which can result in a vacuum exhaust that literally spews mold spores into the air the next time you turn it on.
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