3-Steps to Double Your Kirby Vacuum's Deep Cleaning Power

Feb 01, 2023

3-Steps to Double Your Kirby Vacuum's Deep Cleaning Power

Welcome, home-owner! You deserve a vacuum that's efficient, reliable, and easy to use. The Kirby vacuum is the perfect choice for you! With a reputation built over decades, the Kirby has proven to be a top-selling product and ranked as one of the most dependable vacuum cleaners in the world by Consumer Reports. It is also one of the only vacuum cleaners made in the USA.

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At GreatVacs, we have seen first-hand the power of the Kirby to keep homes clean and allergen-free. Our customers have reported amazing results in removing pet hair and other irritants, making the Kirby the top-ranked vacuum cleaner for pet hair and allergen control.

And the best part? We have customers who have been happily using their Kirby vacuums for over 30 years! So why wait? Invest in a Kirby vacuum and experience the peace of mind that comes with a top-performing and long-lasting machine.

While Kirby vacuums are known for their powerful cleaning abilities, there are a few ways to get even more from your Kirby vacuum.

With the help of this blog post, we’ll give you some tips to double up your Kirby’s suction and cleaning power to get your home sparkling with just one pass over each room! Let’s dive in.

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As a Kirby vacuum cleaner owner, you already know the benefits of having a high-quality home care system. The Kirby not only helps keep your home and furnishings looking their best, but its deep-cleaning capabilities can also extend their lifespan. To ensure that your Kirby is always working at its maximum potential, it's crucial to maintain and care for it properly. This means having the right tools and accessories to help it perform at its best.

At GreatVacs.com, you'll find everything you need to keep your Kirby running smoothly. From replacement parts to cleaning tools and accessories, they have it all. And with their knowledge and expertise, you can rest assured that you're getting the best products to maintain your Kirby.

But what truly sets the Kirby apart from other vacuum cleaners is its powerful suction. With over 100 cfm power, it can effectively pick up even the tiniest specks of dirt and dust. And, its wide hose further extends its cleaning capabilities, allowing you to reach those hard-to-get places.

Our guide on Kirby vacuum can help make your Kirby even more powerful by doubling its suction power—and we know that no one else does that. That’s because we’ve been at this for years, and we’ve worked really hard to get our method just right.

3 Steps to Double Your Kirby Vacuum's Power

Here’s how you can improve the suction and cleaning power of Kirby vacuum cleaners:

Step 1: Adjust Brush Roll Settings

Brush Roll

When you’re vacuuming, do you ever wish you could be closer to or farther away from your floor? We know we do!

We’re happy to say that Kirby is the only vacuum cleaner with an adjustable brush roll. You can have it right where you want it—no matter your favorite setting.

If you’ve ever cleaned your carpets, you know that the suction power of your vacuum cleaner is key to getting them clean. But did you know that the perfect setting for your brush roll is just as important?

Here’s how it works: if you want to vacuum closer to your floor, set the brush roll on 2 or 3. If you want it farther from the floor, set it on 1.

How to Adjust Kirby Brush Roll

The Kirby vacuum cleaner's adjustable brush roll is a game-changer when it comes to cleaning carpets. Whether you have low pile tight carpet fibers or thick high pile carpeting, you can adjust the brush roll to your desired setting for the best cleaning results.

For example, if you have low pile tight carpet fibers, you may want to set the brush roll to 2 or 3 for closer contact with the carpet. On the other hand, if you have thick high pile carpeting, setting the brush roll to 1 will keep it further away from the carpet and prevent the brush from burning out the belts.

The toe-touch control located over the front wheel makes it easy to adjust the height of your Kirby vacuum. Simply turn the vacuum on, press the toe-touch control pedal as needed, and listen for each click as you raise or lower the brush roll. With just one click, you can double your Kirby's cleaning power!

  •  One click is suitable for deep pile carpeting.
  • Two clicks are for long fiber carpeting.
  • Three clicks are for pet hair removal.

So, the next time you clean your carpets, be sure to adjust your Kirby's brush roll to the perfect setting for your floor type. With the right setting, you'll get the most out of your Kirby vacuum cleaner and have spotless carpets in no time.

Key Takeaway: Adjust the brush closest to the carpet at one click to double your Kirby’s cleaning power.

Brush Roll Spinning

If you’ve ever wondered why your vacuum cleaner is so good at picking up dirt and debris, it’s because of brush roll spinning.

The brush roll spins in the vacuum cleaner, which helps to break up the dirt and debris so that it can be sucked up by the vacuum. The brush rolls are usually made of vinyl bristles or soft rubber bristles, and they’re designed to move easily over your carpet without damaging it.

Brush rolls also help to keep your vacuum cleaner’s suction power high by keeping the airflow moving freely through the machine. If you have a regular (non-rotating) brush roll, you can still get a lot of cleaning done, but you may notice that your machine doesn’t pick up as much dirt or dust as it used to.

Just like toothbrushes, your vacuum brush bristles wear out over time. Even if your vacuum is working fine, worn-out brush bristles can mean that dirt and debris are getting left behind on the carpet.

The good news is that you can replace your vacuum brushes at home with a few simple steps!

Step 2: Change Bags When ½ Full

You know how sometimes you’re just not satisfied with how your vacuum cleaner is cleaning? You can tell it’s missing spots and leaving behind dirt, but you don’t know how to fix it.

Well, we are here to tell you that there is a way! Improve Your CFM is the number one way for deep cleaning. This is the best way of knowing how powerful your vacuum cleaner is.

What is CFM? It’s an abbreviation for “Cubic Feet per Minute,” It refers to how much air your vacuum cleaner can move through the hose. If you have a vacuum with good CFM, then it’ll be able to move dirt out of your carpets quickly and effectively. More powerful air flow is essential to moving dirt around—and if there’s one thing we know about cleaning, it’s that deep-cleaning is always better than surface cleaning when it comes to getting rid of germs and allergens.

If your vacuum doesn’t have enough power, it will leave the dirt behind when it passes over again (which means even more cleaning for you).

Deep-cleaning Test

Deep Cleaning Test

We’ve been doing a lot of testing, and the results are in: changing your vacuum bag half-way through your cleaning job can make a big difference.

The other day we did a test with one bag filled halfway with dirt and used a brand-new bag. The results were astonishing! The CFM (cubic feet per minute) dropped from 120 to 94 with just a half-full bag. That’s nearly a quarter of the power!

That’s why we recommend changing bags every time you clean—not just when they’re full or dirty, but when they’re half-way full for deep cleaning power.

How to Change Kirby Bags?

Changing Kirby Bags

First, make sure your bag is unzipped, and the adaptor is pulled out. Take a new bag out of the packaging. Then, rest the cardboard faceplate of the filter bag against the bottom of the adaptor. Pivot the cardboard faceplate against the flat surface of the adaptor and press the tab at the top of the faceplate until it’s secure. Connect the bag support strap through the small hole on the adaptor over the stud.

Once connected, place the whole filter bag inside the outer bag and close the zipper.

In the second segment of the video, you can learn how to change Kirby BagsThe information is presented in a straightforward manner for those who are interested in watching it:

Key Takeaway:  We recommend changing bags when they’re half way full for deep cleaning power.

Step 3: Change Your Kirby’s Belt

Did you know that a vacuum belt stretches?

That’s right, it does. And when it does, it starts to slip. The problem is that if your belt is slipping, it won’t be able to deep clean your carpet as well as it could. And if you’re not getting the deep clean you need from your Kirby, then you might as well just use a broom!

So what can you do about this? Simple: Always make sure that you have an authentic Kirby belt on your Kirby. You can find them online at greatvacs.com.

Pro-tip: Always use an authentic Kirby belt.

How to change the belt on the Kirby system?

 To change the belt on a Kirby vacuum cleaner:

  • Rotate the belt lifter handle clockwise until the green arrows align.
  • Unlock the rug plate by releasing the two latches on the back of the power nozzle and remove it.
  • Take off the old belt and replace it with a new one.
  • Ensure that the numbers on the brush roll end caps match on both sides before inserting them into the power nozzle.
  • Make sure the belt is centered on the brush roll, and the brush roll is properly aligned with the power nozzle.
  • Put the rug plate back on the front of the bumper and secure it with the latches.
  • Turn the belt filter counterclockwise until the red arrows align, and reattach the power nozzle to the unit.
  • Turn the unit on and check that the brush roll indicator light is on, indicating that the brush roll is spinning.

Also Read: How to Easily Replace Your Kirby Vacuum Belt

How to Keep Your Kirby Clean?

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When it comes to the best way to clean your carpet, there are a lot of options out there. But what you really need is a vacuum cleaner that can handle all the messes in your house—and we’ve got just the one for you!

Here at GreatVacs, we’re dedicated to providing you with everything you need to keep your home clean, from vacuums to cleaning solutions. We want to help you get through your day-to-day life with ease, so we make sure our products are designed with your needs in mind.

Our Kirby vacuums have received rave reviews from customers who love its easy maneuverability, durable construction, and innovative features. The secret? It’s designed with an advanced brush roll that makes sure your carpets get deep-cleaned every time!

No matter what kind of messes your kids bring into the house or how much dust settles on top of them throughout the year (or even if it’s just normal wear and tear), our Reconditioned Kirby Avalir 2 will be able to handle it all without missing a beat.

Vacuums often get a bad rap for being dirty. And while it’s true that vacuums collect dirt over time, it doesn’t mean your machine is necessarily dirty. In fact, there are simple ways to help keep your vacuum cleaner running smoothly and working properly:

Clean the brush roll

Thoroughly brush off the brush roll, then vacuum it to remove any fibers that have gotten stuck. Use a can of compressed air to remove any other dirt and debris.

The brush roll is the part of your vacuum that picks up dirt and debris from hard floors. It’s important to clean this regularly, or else it will get clogged and stop working properly.

To clean your vacuum’s brush roll:

  • With a soft brush or cloth, remove any large pieces of dirt from the surface of the roller.
  • Use compressed air (or a canister of compressed air) to blow out all remaining chunks of debris.

Empty the dust cup.

Empty your vacuum’s dust cup or change its bag every two or three uses, depending on how much you use your vacuum.

The dust cup is the container that holds the dirt and debris you’ve sucked up. If you don’t empty it after every two or three uses, your vacuum cleaner won’t work properly and may even break down.

You should also change its bag after every two or three uses if possible, especially if it’s an older model with a cloth bag that could wear out quickly from overuse (or just general wear).

Clean or replace the filter.


A vacuum without a filter is like a sieve with holes – it can't effectively retain dirt and debris. Did you know that some people believe Kirby vacuums don't have filters? That couldn't be further from the truth!

The Kirby vacuum cleaner actually comes with a unique feature, the outer cloth bag, which acts as a washable HEPA filter. This bag is made of HEPA material and captures dust, allergens, and other small particles from the air.

From time to time, it's important to wash the bag to keep your Kirby vacuum performing at its best. If you're interested in learning how to clean the bag, here's a Youtube Video that can help you with that:

If there are particles larger than 0.3 microns (or 30 millionths of a meter) passing through that aren’t caught by your filter and end up clogging up other parts of your machine--particularly around gears and motors--this could cause damage over time as well as reduce performance when vacuuming large amounts of debris at once.

Rinse and dry reusable filters, if applicable.

If you have a reusable filter, rinse it under warm water until the water runs clear, and then let it air dry before putting it back in place.

Don’t use hot water or put your filter in the dryer.

You’ll damage its ability to trap particles effectively. Cleaning agents like soap can also damage the filter’s ability to trap particles effectively. And don’t use a brush or other abrasive tools on your vacuum cleaner’s filters; this can cause damage too!

Check all hose connections for clogs.

Use a pipe cleaner, straightened wire hanger, or screwdriver to dislodge debris from any crevices between pieces of hose and connections in your machine.

Check for cracks or missing bristles and replace parts.

Don’t use anything sharp or metal to clean the vacuum; this can damage its innards and shorten its lifespan.

Clean other small parts as necessary.

The accessories that come with your vacuum may require cleaning or replacing from time to time; check them regularly for cracks or missing bristles and replace parts when necessary.

As you continue to clean your vacuum cleaner, it’s important to check other small parts as well. The accessories that come with your vacuum may require cleaning or replacing from time to time; check them regularly for cracks or missing bristles and replace parts when necessary. You can also use this opportunity to check for wear and tear on the hose, power cord, telescoping wand (if applicable), brush roll(s), and other attachments that come with the machine.

If you notice any signs of wear or damage on any part of your machine--such as fraying around seams--replace the damaged component immediately so that no further damage occurs during use. 

Having a good filter in a clean vacuum will help it run better for longer.

The filter is a very important part of your vacuum cleaner. It traps dust and other debris, so you don’t have to worry about it being sucked into the motor. This can help extend the lifespan of your machine, but if you don’t clean or replace it regularly, this can result in problems with both performance and safety.

How often should I wash my Kirby outer bag?

The frequency at which outer bags need changing depends on how much use they get--if you vacuum once every week or two months (or even less), then there’s no need for concern just yet! However, if this cleaning schedule becomes more frequent over time due to more people living in one house together with pets whose hair gets everywhere.

Then, perhaps now is a good time as any to start thinking about what type/brand would work best for you based on where exactly these furry friends like spending most time around home base. In normal conditions, we suggest cleaning your Kirby outer bag once a year.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know how to maintain your Kirby vacuum, it’s time to get cleaning! You’ll be amazed at how much dirt and allergens it picks up—not to mention how much better your carpets look. You can also rest assured that you’re doing the right thing for the environment by using a Kirby vacuum instead of a conventional one.

 At Great Vacs, we believe in the power of a clean home. We know nothing makes you feel more at home than walking into a spotless house, and we want to help you get there.

That’s why we stock Kirby vacuums—they’re powerful enough to keep your carpets clean and your home free of allergens and lightweight enough for you to use around your house without getting tired.

If you have any questions about what model is right for your needs or if you need help finding the right parts and supplies, feel free to reach out to us at GreatVacs. We’d love to hear from you!


How can I tell when my dust bag is full?

There is a fill line on the dust bag, and when the dirt reaches this line (about half way full), you should replace your bag because it is no longer filtering properly. Be sure to utilize only Authentic Kirby filter bags, available at greatvacs.com, to ensure your Kirby system is cleaning properly.

My vacuum is running, but why isn’t it picking up dirt from the carpet?

There are many reasons this could happen. The vacuum might not be fixed at the right height. If the nozzle is high off the carpet, the brush will not reach the carpet to clean it properly.

 Another reason could be that the brush roll is not turning. If the brush roll’s indicator light on the nozzle is not switched on, that could mean the following: the brush roll isn’t turning properly, or the belt is broken. To fix the brush roll, flip out the belt handle and turn it clockwise until the green arrows line up.

Lastly, you might have a full dust bag. Check the dust bag to see if it’s full and replace it if it is.

How long is Kirby’s warranty?

For new Kirby vacuums purchased from an authorized seller or through Kirby.com, there is a three-year limited warranty and a Lifetime Factory Rebuild program. Here at Great Vacs, our warranty is 5 years. 
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What are Kirby vacuum cleaners used for?

Kirby vacuum cleaners are used for cleaning various surfaces in homes, including carpets, hardwood floors, and upholstery.

The Kirby vacuum cleaner is equipped with a range of attachments, including carpet shampooing tools, to give your carpets a deep clean. Additionally, the Kirby Zip Brush is perfect for removing pet hair and leaving your carpets looking and feeling refreshed.

How long do Kirby vacuum cleaners last?

Kirby vacuums were ranked number 1 by consumer reports as the most dependable vacuum cleaners in the world. Kirby vacuum cleaners are built to last for many years with proper maintenance.

At GreatVacs, we're proud to say that our customers are still getting top-notch performance from their Kirby vacuums, even after 30 years of use. This just goes to show the durability and longevity of Kirby Vacuums

Are Kirby vacuum cleaners still made in the USA?

Yes, Kirby vacuum cleaners are still manufactured in the United States, specifically in Cleveland, Ohio, and Andrews, Texas.

How do you maintain a Kirby vacuum cleaner?

To maintain a Kirby vacuum cleaner, it is recommended to regularly change the bag, clean the filters, and empty the debris tray. Also, it is recommended to wash your outer cloth bag once a year.

Additionally, the brush roll and other attachments should be cleaned and inspected regularly.

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