I worked for 15 years in a retail store in the vacuum department so these tips may help keep your vacuum working better.
I just love that idea of the cotton ball with scent on it! ...And, all you crafters out there like me who knit (yarn) & sew (thread & needles) use a lint roller to clean up these little goodies before you vacuum or you'll end up with a vacuum that has them tangled up in the beater bar.
These above are all good suggestions.
Being a domestic services business owner for 30+ years, and also, having had a vacuum rebuilding business on the side, may I add these:
The belts and bags are the least expensive replacable parts on your vacuum. Not replacing them often enough will eventually lead to more expensive repairs or the need for a new vac.
Replace your belt as soon as it shows any wear (tears/cuts in the rubber) about every 1-2 months, with regular use. Change your bag when it's 1/2 to (no more than) 2/3 full.
As was stated, allowing the bag to become fully packed (or even almost so) will seriously cut down on air flow. It is good/strong air flow that enables a vacuum to do what it does best. (Not, btw, AMPs. Number of AMP's are merely the indication of the amount of "juice" a vac uses to run.)
I use a vacuum cleaner attachment that works outside the suction head and you will solve the problems of the following: No loss of suction, blocked pipes, beater bar getting fowled up, less belt breaks
It's called an"Hairyhog"lifts pet hairs and dander out of carpet like no other. I got it from" stirtsystems.com" on the net,
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