Over time, cleaning your lawnmower air filter should become part of your routine maintenance to prevent dirt and debris from building up and making their way through the filter to your lawn mower engine.
Cleaning your paper filters inside your mower should be straightforward, as all you need to do is replace them, dirt and debris can be lightly tapped off if the filter is not ready to be replaced yet, but you can't wash paper filters as they will break.
So as you can know how to replace paper filters in your mower and when you should be doing it, we have composed a short guide below that will give you the low-down on all the important information you need to know.
If you have been reading up on how to take care of your lawn mower models, then you've probably read people bang on about cleaning the air filter, and this is for a very important reason.
The air filter of your lawnmower's engine essentially blocks dirt particles and loose dirt fly debris from accessing the most important part of your engine which is the carburettor.
Without a lawnmower filter, your machine's engine would likely be breaking down all the time, that's why it's important to change the paper air filters often and clean the air filter element to prevent blockages and maintain the engine of your mower.
There are reusable air filters you can buy for lawnmowers, which let you wash them with warm water, but for paper filters, you never have to clean them with water, and instead just replace them when they get too dirty, however, you can wash the air filter element which a foam pre-filter that surrounds the paper one.
We will get on to how to do this next.
Cleaning the foam air filters is just as important as replacing the paper engine air filter and should be done in conjunction, both tasks are straightforward, and we have made a step by step guide below to guide you through the process.
Now we know how to clean our paper filter in our mower engine model, you might be wondering how often you should be doing this for your lawnmower's engine to be working to its optimal performance.
How often you clean your air filter will depend on how much you use your mower, the more you use it the dirtier the air filter element will become, however, by standard rule it is suggested to clean and replace the filter after every 300 hours of use.
For the pre-filter foam which surrounds your paper filter, this should be checked and cleaned after every 25 hours of use or when the foam turns brown or yellow, you may also need to replace this once in a while.
Checking your air filter should be done however every time you perform maintenance on your lawnmower to be sure there are no blockages.
To conclude, you cannot clean a paper filter, but you should replace it when it becomes very dirty or after at least every 300 hours of use, you should also clean the foam casing that surrounds the paper filter to prevent dirt and debris making its way to the engine of your lawnmower.
Some mower models may have re-usable air filters that will need to be washed when they get dirty, this can be done with air filter cleaner or just warm water with soap, never make the mistake of washing a paper filter.