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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 03-18-2015 07:43 PM

Maybe, some places say don’t wash others say do so with care. I’m sure somewhere there’s some that say go ahead and wash, I’ve just not seen that. My cleaning routine for bags started with the beating you described, but it was outside with the bags turned inside out. Then I took my shop vac and vac’d over the inner surface which really always got them cleaned up enough. My bags were AFF, and they suggested that I not wash them. But let me ask, if you’ve lost air flow you did check the other stuff as well? Like a clog in the ducts, or maybe a blast gate left open. If you run the DC without the bags on does the air flow return to the ductwork (that would sure say you are correct). BTW, don’t run it too long without the bags, it’s possible you could burn up the motor. Anyway, nothing to do now but put them back on and see what happens. I suppose the bags could be so clogged they can’t be cleaned (that happened to the canister filter on mine) in which case you would need new bags.

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