Vacuums can last a long time if properly used and maintained. One key to keeping your vacuum working properly is to remember that they are designed to suck up dry debris, like dirt, dust and crumbs, NOT wet debris. If you make a spill in the kitchen that includes any damp items (say, chopped salad, for example), use a broom to clean it up rather than the vacuum. Introducing any moisture inside a vacuum can lead to mold and mildew buildup, creating an unhealthy internal environment that can literally spew spores into the air the next time you turn on the appliance.
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