How to Clean Your Dirty Vacuum!

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Do you know what job is even LESS exciting than vacuuming? Cleaning your vacuum!

Nevertheless, it is an important job that should be done at least every few months if you would like your vacuum to clean effectively and help prevent dust and allergy related sniffling in your home. And besides that – dirty vacuums can really start to stink!

Before You Start

Before you begin cleaning your vacuum there are a few things you should remember:

  • Clean it in an open, well-ventilated area – this is dusty work!
  • Make sure your vacuum in unplugged
  • Make sure that you are consulting your manual (and if you’ve lost your manual long ago, don’t worry – you should be able to find it online). If you tune into the video on cleaning your vacuum, you will notice that we are using a Dyson vacuum and if your vacuum is a different, you will want to follow along but will have to consult your own manual as well for locations of filters, canisters, etc.

What You Will Need

To clean your vacuum, there are a few tools that you will require:

  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Can of compressed air (optional)
  • A cleaning toothbrush
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Pair of scissors
  • Garbage bag
  • Pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands

Step 1 – Clean Your Filter

Begin by cleaning your vacuum filter. Our vacuum has a couple filters and if you check your manual, you will be able to see where yours are located. Cleaning your filter is important because it is your major line of defence against all of those nasty dust and allergy particles.

Most vacuums have washable filters, but if yours is not washable, you can buy replacement filters. To wash your filter, remove it from the vacuum, shake it empty (remembering to keep it away from your face) and rinse it for several minutes under cool water. Lay your filter flat to dry and do not put it back in your vacuum for at least 24 hours.

Step 2 – Clean Your Canister

If your vacuum uses a bag, this step won’t apply but it will be important for you to change the bag as soon as it gets full.

To clean your canister, first remove it and empty it over a garbage bag. Then – using your instruction manual, separate the canister part from the larger vacuuming component. The canister can be soaked in warm soapy water and you can use a scrub brush to clean it.

Remember to rinse it well and lay flat to dry for at least 24 hours as you do NOT want any moisture inside your vacuum.

Now that your vacuum has been taken apart, it is a good opportunity for you to clean the interior portion of your vacuum.

Use a cleaning toothbrush, brushing in a downward stroke to get rid of debris from the vacuuming portion of your canister and wipe down with a dry microfiber cloth. If there is anything really stuck in your vacuum, you can use your can of compressed air.

Step 3 – Cleaning Your Beater Bar (Powerhead)

Lots of hair and debris can get caught up in the beater bar of you vacuum, which makes it difficult for its bristles to pull things out of the carpet. The process for cleaning this will be the same whether or not the roller pops out.

Simply take your pair of scissors and start trimming away hair and debris, being careful not to cut the bristles. Then pull out the hairs with your hand and brush away any remaining debris with your cleaning toothbrush.

Step 4 – Cleaning You Vacuum Attachments

Attachments are quite easy to clean – just fill a sink or bucket with warm water and about a teaspoon of dish soap and drop them in. For any attachment that has hair stuck in it, you can use your cleaning toothbrush to brush it away.

Once your attachments are nice and clean, rinse them and lay them flat to dry for at least 24 hours.

In terms of how often you should clean your vacuum, you should probably clean your filter at least every three months. This will ensure that your vacuum cleans effectively and reduces the amount of time you will have to spend vacuuming – and that is a plus in our books!

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Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.

7 COMMENTS

  1. I have a Dyson Animal. Everything is great except for the hose for attachments. It has a long one piece handle which makes it harder to use, before the flexible hose. It would be perfect if it had a shorter handle and a longer flex hose. Suction is really great. Also have a shark lift-away. Great vacuum, also!

  2. Dyson !!! The only way to go – Bagless-Turbo Head (great for Pet hair) I have had mine (DC23) for 5 yrs and only just now had to reorder a Turbo head and filter. They units initially look extremely expensive but save your money up and buy one because you will save money in the long run because you will spend more money yearly buying cheaper models over and over..
    No I don’t work for Dyson 😃👍🏼 Thanks for your info 😃

  3. I’m a maid.. I have a dyson upright pet vacuum and the hand held model. For my maid jobs I have a hoover lift away and a bissell clean view.

    Love your page, while I know how to clean, you have tons of things on here that makes my job easier!

  4. We have a shark professional rotator and it works very well. It was $200 at Walmart and it cleans up bird seed very well.

  5. I used to own a shark which was great but now I have a Bissel that is equally awesome. I just went by reviews on Amazon and got the highest scored one in the 100$ range. I love it.

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