How to Make a Replacement Post Motor HEPA Filter for Prolux Upright Vacuums

Owning any vacuum requires maintenance. At GreatVacs we understand the importance of understanding how to properly maintain your vacuum. In this video, we explain how to make your own replacement post-motor HEPA filter using a Kirby bag.

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

 

Tools

  • Your existing post-motor filter
  • A HEPA bag
  • Scissors
  • Marker

 

Instructions

 

Take your existing post-motor filter and lay it on the HEPA bag.

 

Using your marker, trace the filter.

 

Then cut along the line you made.

 

Now you have a new filter that’s the same size as the old one! The great thing about the HEPA bag is that you can make about 3-4 replacement filters!

 

Need a HEPA bag to make your own filters? Click here!

 

Interested in a Prolux upright vacuum cleaner? Follow the links below for the different models.

 

Prolux 7000

Prolux 9000

 

Already have one of these amazing vacuums, but need supplies? We sell them!

 

10 Pack of Bags

New HEPA filter (for 7000/9000 models only)

2 Pack of Belts

 

Don't forget, GreatVacs is the only authorized dealer of Prolux products, so if you need any parts, supplies or have any questions, email as service@greatvacs.com or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more educational videos on all Prolux products.

 

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How to Perform Basic Vacuum Maintenance

No matter what type of vacuum you have, they all have one thing in common – they need to be maintained. Just like anything with moving parts, a lack of maintenance can cause premature wearing out of components that keeps your vacuum working at its best. In this video Kyle goes over some basic tips to keep your vacuum in tip top shape, and last for years to come!

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

 

Instructions

 

We’ll start off going over why your vacuum cleaner may have poor performance. You could have a full bag or dirt bin, you could have a dirty, clogged filter, your head or hose could be clogged, the brush roll may be covered in hair, or you have seized brush roll bearings.

 

We will be using this specialty maintenance tool. To make it easy, we’re including this tool with most of the vacuums we sell!

 

First, we will go over how to change a full bag or dirt bin. Most vacuums have a full bag indicator light that is located on the canister, which makes it easy to know when you need to swap out the bag with a new one. If your vacuum cleaner uses a dirt bin, you can easily see when it needs to be emptied.

 

If your full indicator light comes on and the bag isn’t actually full, you may have a clog in the head, hose or wand. The vacuum will notice the decrease in suction and may assume the bag is full. To empty the bag you will first need to located the bag chamber. Once opened you will simply remove the bag, throw it away, and put in a new, empty bag. If your vacuum has a bag holder, make sure you don’t throw it away!

 

If your vacuum uses a dirt bin, it’s very simple. Just detach the bin from the vacuum, hold over the trash can, and open the trap door.

 

Next, we’ll go over dirty or clogged filter. If the filter is dirty or clogged it will reduce air flow and can cause the motor to overwork and overheat. This could, in turn, cause the motor to turn off for safety reasons. Most vacuums have a pre- and post-motor filters and you will find them behind a cover or in the bag chamber. Check both filters and clean them if they look dirty.

 

To clean the filters, start by removing them. Then give them a good smack with your hand to remove loose dirt.  Do this outside to avoid making a huge mess in your home.

 

Then, take the specialty tool and use the brush side to get deep down into the grooves. After you’re done the filter should look new again. You may have to repeat it a few times to get all the dirt out.

 

Now, we’ll go over a clogged head, hose, or wand. We mentioned earlier that there may be a clog if the full bag indicator light comes on without the bag actually being full. You may also notice reduced suction and pickup if there’s a clog. The head may even spit debris back out.

 

Start with the wand because it’s the easiest. You put it up to your eye and check to see if you can see light at the other end. If you can see straight through with no problem it isn’t clogged. Can’t see through? You’ve just found a clog!

 

To remove the clog you can use an air compressor, or, if you vacuum has a blower feature, you can use that. You can also use a broom handle or other straight, rigid item to push the clog out.

 

Next up is the hose. The easiest way to diagnose a hose clog is to hook it up to the vacuum, turn it on, and put your hand over the other end of the hose. If you can’t feel suction, or it's very poor, there is a clog or blockage in the hose. Dislodging the clog is the same as with the wand – either use a long, straight, rigid object to push it through, or use an air compressor or blower feature from the vacuum.

 

Lastly, we have the power head. The most common places for clogs are in the pivot neck or suction port. You may be able to access the clog through the pivot neck and just pull it out. Otherwise, the easiest way to remove is the clog is to take the power head apart. Most are held together with screws.

 

Take the screws out and remove the top portion from the power head. If you see a clog you should be able to easily remove it.

 

Another common reason for poor vacuum performance is a hair covered brush roll. We recommend removing the brush roll from the power head before removing the hair.

 

Once the brush roll is removed you can use the specialty tool to cut the hairs, and then grab and pull them off.

 

The last common problem we’ll be covering is seized brush roll bearings. This will prevent your brush roll from spinning, which will result in dirt or debris not being picked up. Depending on your brush roll, you may not be able to access the bearings. If that’s the case contact us and we’ll help you get a replacement brush roll.

 

When the brush roll has been removed from the vacuum you can use the specialty tool to brush away dirt, or use the razor to cut away hairs from the end where the bearings are.

 

If you need any parts, supplies or have any questions, email us at service@greatvacs.com or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more educational videos.

 

 

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Kirby Vacuum Bag Comparison HEPA 3M Aftermarket Difference

Have you ever wondered which Kirby bag was the best for your Kirby vacuum? Turns out you’re not alone! We get asked this question a lot! To see which bags were the best, we put them to the test!

 

 

How can you test a bag? Well, one great tool is an air flow meter! It’s basically a tube with a spring attached to a ball. We use these to determine how much suction power a vacuum cleaner has. Why would we use this to test which bag is the best? Well, oftentimes the more filtration you add the more power you lose. We will be looking for the best filtration with the least power loss.

 

Our first test is a Kirby vacuum with no bag. Result: almost a 6!

 

Our first bag is the Kirby paper HEPA bag and it scored a 5.

 

Our next bag is the white Kirby 3M HEPA bag. This one is the most expensive Kirby bag you can buy but is supposed to have better performance. This one scored a little bit better than a 5. This is probably because it has more surface area and also why the bag is more expensive.

 

Our third bag is a HEPA bag made by GV. Envirocare makes one that is nearly identical. It is white and made of the same material as the Kirby 3M bag we just saw. Our results: about 5.5!

 

If you’re concerned about the size difference between the Kirby 3M and the aftermarket, don’t be! The aftermarket bag is actually folded in at the sides and will expand.  The Kirby does not have this fold.

 

In conclusion – if you want to stay loyal to the Kirby brand go ahead and buy the genuine Kirby 3M bags. If you aren’t concerned with brand, the aftermarket bag is a great choice.

 

Which model of Kirby vacuum is the best? Here’s what we think!

 

Looking for more info? Check out our Education Center!

 

Need your Kirby repaired? Send us an email at service@greatvacs.com

 

We sell Kirby vacuums! We buy Kirby vacuums! And we sell bags, belts, cords, or anything else you need!

 

Here at Great Vacs we’ve serviced and rebuilt nearly 100,000 Kirby vacuum cleaners, so if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave us a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more education videos.

 

 

 

 

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The Prolux TerraVac Canister Vacuum

The Prolux TerraVac is a dependable canister vacuum that won’t break the bank. Lightweight, and packed full of tools and features, this will quickly become your new favorite vacuum. The TerraVac is a bagged vacuum with sealed HEPA filtration, which means not only will it not spread dust and dirt around like bagless vacuums can, it will actually CLEAN your air while you’re using it! The electric power head lights up the dirt with its LEDs, and is so easy to use, it makes cleaning a breeze! All these and more features make this one of the best budget canister vacuums on the market. The TerraVac has 5 adjustable suction settings, from delicate to FULL POWER to let you clean just about anything.

 

 

Features

The Prolux TerraVac Canister Vacuum has 5 speed settings!

 

And it has an extendable wand!

 

The power head height is adjustable, which gives you a more accurate and efficient cleaning experience!

 

It also features a powerful spinning brush roll!

 

It has an amazing combination floor tool that allows you to easily switch from carpet to hard floor!

 

All of the tools and attachments are conveniently stored inside!

 

Attachments include: an upholstery tool, a duster, a crevice tool, and a turbo brush!

 

 

Hate winding vacuum cords up when you're done? The Prolux TerraVac features an automatic retractable cord!

 

Last, but definitely no least, this amazing vacuum has large micron bags and HEPA filtration!

 

Get yours today, and Get Your Life Back!

It also comes in white!

 

If you already have one of these amazing vacuums, follow these links for extra parts:

10 pack of bags

New HEPA filter

 

Don't forget, GreatVacs is the only authorized dealer of Prolux products, so if you need any parts, supplies or have any questions, email as service@greatvacs.com or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our Youtube channel to see more educational videos on all Prolux products.

 

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