Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner
One of the most satisfying moments in housework is when you finally have time to clean the “cleaners”. When you clean your vacuum cleaner, your dishwasher, and your washing machine, it always feels like everything after that point is just going to get much cleaner. Sometimes, though, it’s not a matter of wanting to as much as needing to clean these items. A clogged up vacuum is a full stop for housework until you get it unclogged and clean. So, you want to make sure nothing is skipped when you take the time and clean your vacuum cleaner.
How to Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner
- Unplug your vacuum before you begin. (Yes, even before you flip it over just to see if its clogged.)
- Replace the bag if over the “full” line. If it’s a bag-less system, empty the compartment. Even if the compartment or bag is not completely full, you’ll want to empty the compartment and remove the bag anyway, so you can thoroughly clean the entire machine.
- Clean the brush roll on the bottom side. When the brushes get full of string, hair, and other debris, it will not get into the carpet well. You can remove the debris by hand or using scissors. (If there is hair or string, scissors will make this process much easier.)
- You may be able to remove the plate over the brush roll and remove the roll itself. If so, that will make it easier to clean around the brushes. If you have a removable brush, there may be other components to take apart. Anything that can be taken apart can get hair and debris in it, so be sure to take the extra few minutes and check all of those connections.
- While you’re there, check the belt! It’s an easy and cheap replacement, so if it’s worn or broken, be sure to replace it.
- Check your filters. The filters make a big difference after you clean your vacuum cleaner. Filters can be replaced, and other filters can be washed with warm soapy water in the sink. If you choose to wash your filters, they will need several days to dry completely.
- If you have a bag-less system, you can wash the tank pieces as well. You can wash them just like your dishes- in a sink of warm soapy water. Again, they need to sit to dry before replacing.
And, Last, the Hose
- Check the hoses. On most vacuums, you can completely remove the hose. When you remove the hose, you can hold it up to the light and look through one end to see if there are any clogs. If so, remove the clogs (a wire hanger may do the trick), and then you can rinse the hose with warm soapy water.
- Check both ends where the hose connects. Those clogs are harder to remove, but they are a place where obstructions hide.
- After all the pieces dry (give it a couple of days), put everything back together and you’ll see a BIG difference in how well everything works after you clean your vacuum cleaner.
It seems like a hassle to clean your vacuum cleaner, but if you avoid it, you will only be doing yourself a disservice. Clean appliances save you time and energy as they work more efficiently.