Vacuums suck! Or rather, problems arise when they stop sucking.

Because there are so many moving parts that can get clogged with dirt and dust, vacuums often lose their power quickly. The video above shows easy ways to clean out the vacuum’s hose, detangle hair from the rollers, and freshen the air while you clean.

But wait! There’s more!

If you ever felt that your vacuum is too powerful, there’s also ways to hack the vac (trademark Lifehacker.com, 2019) to pick up small objects you may have spilled, or suck up dust from tiny areas like keyboards and plugs.

This article was originally published on August 14, 2019, and updated on July 15, 2021.


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