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Step-by-Step Guide: How to Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner

How to Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner

Vacuum cleaners make home cleaning much easier and convenient; therefore, maintaining your unit is important to help prolong its life. Many homeowners do not get maximum efficiency out of their vacuum cleaners simply because they haven’t cleaned them since their date of purchase! Of course, you can’t blame them completely as most people don’t know the first thing about cleaning a vacuum cleaner.

Among other services,  NW Maids Seattle provides an easy step-by-step guide that you can follow on how to clean and maintain vacuum cleaners.


Step-by-Step Vacuum Cleaning Guide

Step One: Unplug Vacuum Cleaner, Clean Bag/Container

When cleaning any electric unit, the first thing you need to do is remove the plug from the socket. Any sudden surge of power running through the wires while plugged in can cause injury or damage the unit. Next, open the body of your vacuum cleaner to remove the dirtbag/container. If you need any guidance in doing this, the user manual for your unit will be of great assistance. We advise emptying out the dirt in a garbage bag outdoors as some of the dust can spill out and become airborne. About cleaning the bag/container, most units allow this by using detergent and water; however, it’s best to refer to the user manual for this.


Step Two: Clean/Replace the Filters

This action will depend on the particular model of your vacuum cleaner and the condition of the filter(s). There are two simple cleaning service guide to clean clogged filters:

1. Hold the filter under running water to remove as much dirt as possible and leave it aside. Now, make a soapy solution using regular dish soap and water; dip a clean, soft brush into this cleaning solution and gently brush the filter to remove clogged dirt. Allow it to air dry completely before putting it back into your vacuum cleaner.
2. If your vacuum filters cannot be washed, only use a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove dust/dirt and put them back.

For safe cleaning of your vacuum cleaner filters, always refer to the user manual beforehand. You should know when filters need to replaced due to excessive use which can also be found in the user booklet.


Step Three: Clean the Bristles/Beater Bar/Roller

You’ll find hair, dirt and clogged debris caught between the bristles of your vacuum cleaner’s head, as well as the beater bar/roller. You can use a toothpick or a brush with firm bristles to clean these parts of the head while entangled hair and thread can be carefully cut and removed using a small pair of scissors. If you’ve been using multiple head attachments, you can similarly clean them; however, some removable parts can be washed by hand so refer to your user manual for this as well.


Step Four: Clean Exteriors

To finish off, use a damp cloth to wipe the exteriors of your vacuum cleaners. This includes the body, hosepipe, and wire (avoid wiping the plug with a damp cloth). Allow the vacuum cleaner to dry completely before storing away.