how to clean a vacuum

  • Posted On: 13 Mar 2024

Like most appliances, a clean vacuum is most efficient. When it's clogged up with debris or hair, your vacuum works slower and with less suction.

The most necessary step to keep your vacuum performing at peak performance is to regularly empty its contents. For bagged vacuums, these need to be replaced when they are full. For bagless vacuums these can be emptied directly into the bin. The next step to ensure your vacuum is running to its best ability, is to clean it.

How to Clean a Vacuum Cleaner

Cleaning a vacuum doesn't require any special tools or supplies, it's a simple task that you should feel confident doing regularly. Here's how to get started:

What You Need:
  • Scissors or a utility knife
  • Water
  • Dishwashing soap
Step 1: Unplug the Vacuum

This might seem obvious, but because you'll be dealing with water and electricity, unplug the device before cleaning your vacuum. Safety first!

Step 2: Remove Hair from Vacuum Rolling Brush

If you've noticed your vacuum leaving debris behind, check the rotating brush. If there's hair wrapped around it, carefully cut it away with scissors or a utility knife. This will allow it to spin freely. Some rotating bushers have a button to disconnect it from the vacuum to make this step easier.

Step 3: Check the Lint Trap

Some, but not all, vacuums have a dirt/lint trap. Look for a small door that you can open or remove mear the roller or cleaning nozzle. If you find one, pull out any lint, dirt, or hair that might be trapped.

Step 4: Remove the Attachments

Next, detach all non-motorised pieces of the vacuum, such as the attachments, vacuum filters, hoses, and brush heads. Shake off any dirt or debris into your wheelie bin.

Step 5: Wash Vacuum Parts

Place the removed vacuum parts in a sink or tub filled with warm, soapy water. Soak and rinse everything well with hot water. Use a running tap to quickly remove tough dirt and sticky residue. If needed, scrub with a sponge or microfiber cloth.

Step 6: Let Dry

In the sink or on a clean towel, let the vacuum parts sit to air dry.

Step 7: Wipe the Exterior

While the pieces dry, spray the exterior of the vacuum and any pieces that couldn't be removed with an all-purpose cleaner. Then, wipe it off with a microfiber cloth. 

Step 8: Reassemble Vacuum

Put the vacuum back together when all parts are completely dry, and it's ready to clean your floors!

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