Are Vacuum Cleaner Bags Reusable?

In a pinch, yes. Simply fold the bottom edge over several times and glue the top closed. It will last for 10 or 12 cleaning cycles. 

Bagged vacuum cleaners with wall mounts feature an in-built HEPA filter. They can last for ten or twelve cleaning cycles and contain an activated carbon layer. Bags are usually disposed of after a couple of uses. Read on for tips and safety precautions.

Fabric Vacuum Cleaner Bags

If you have a reusable fabric vacuum cleaner bag, you can use it time again. Simply fold the bottom end over a few times, and glue it shut. Then, insert the bag into the vacuum hose.

The drawstring keeps it secure. You can reuse it for as long as you’d like, and it will be a cost-effective way to avoid having to replace the bag every few months.

Bagged vacuum cleaners have an in-built HEPA filter

HEPA filters help protect your home against airborne pathogens, bacteria, and dust mites. They also trap some particles from construction dust and tracked-in soil. 

You should choose a HEPA filter for your vacuum cleaner if you’re prone to allergies. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) offers a certification program that outlines the requirements for vacuums. Bagged vacuums do not necessarily need a HEPA filter.

They have an activated charcoal layer

Reusable vacuum cleaner bags have an activated carbon layer that absorbs and traps impurities. 

In contrast to air purifiers, these bags do not absorb airborne pollutants, but instead, trap them on their surface. In this way, they allow clean air to circulate throughout the home. 

The activated carbon in the bags has a surface area equivalent to more than ten thousand square feet. That means one lb of these bags can purify the air in a city block.

They have a high filtration efficiency

There are several reasons why reusable vacuum cleaner bags are more effective. First, they last much longer. Unlike disposable paper bags, reusable vacuum cleaner bags have a much higher filtration efficiency.

Paper bags are made of a two-ply material: an inner lining that captures larger particles and an outer cellulose layer that passes air through.

According to studies, paper bags have a 99.7% filtration efficiency at three microns or larger. Paper bags capture the bulk of large particles, but move the smaller ones to the next filter.

If you want a paper bag with high filtration efficiency, you can line it with a disposable poly liner.

They are not hygienic

Reusable vacuum bags aren’t hygienic. The dirt and debris that get collected inside them tend to be allergen-laden. Reusing used vacuum bags will only spread the dirt and allergens, even further into the air, increasing indoor air pollution.

It is bad for your health because the air you breathe at home is already more polluted than the air outside, so the cost of replacing used vacuum bags isn’t worth the decrease in indoor air quality.

They can cause problems with the vacuum

Reusable vacuum cleaner bags are not always the best solution to clean your floors and rugs. Not only will reusable bags get full over time, but they will also compromise the efficiency of the vacuum cleaner by reducing suction.

When the bags are full, vacuuming becomes less efficient, reducing the suction and causing the vacuum to break down prematurely. To get the best performance from your vacuum cleaner, it is recommended to change the bags once every couple of months.

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Hi everyone, my name is Frank Diaz and I am the face behind GaragestPicks. I studied Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and worked as a mechanic for over 20 years. I love working on cars and doing DIY projects around the house. I write this blog to share my knowledge and help others fix their cars with most common tools.

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