One of the crucial things I need when cleaning the entire home is a vacuum cleaner! However, just because you clean using vacuum doesn’t mean you have to neglect to maintain this handy tool as well. You need to clean your vacuum cleaner too so it can perform efficiently, may it be for the house or office! But the question is: HOW?
It’s actually easy to clean your vacuum cleaner and learn how to maintain it to last long. With that being said, there is an efficient way on how to clean a vacuum cleaner to have it perform as new every time. Read on to learn more about it!
How to Clean a Vacuum Cleaner
There are actually different ways on how you can clean a vacuum cleaner, depending on the model of your vacuum and its type. With that being said, here are the different steps and advice to follow to clean it:
1. Basic Cleaning
This is the typical cleaning you should do at least once a month with your vacuum. Before doing a cleaning though, make sure to read up on the manufacturer’s manual if they have any recommendations or specific instructions. This is because cleaning varies for every model, specifically when you take it apart.
Once you’ve read through, follow these general steps to clean your vacuum:
1. Before cleaning it, make sure that the vacuum is unplugged and that you take apart the vacuum according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
2. Empty the canister, dropping all dirt, dust, debris to the trash. Do this outside to prevent any dust from coming into the house.
3. Make a mix of vinegar and all-purpose cleaner, then use a microfiber cloth and dampen it with the mixture. You’ll use this to wipe down the entire vacuum and its accessible parts, including both inside and outside the canister.
4. Wash the vacuum’s filter by running cold water over the filters until there isn’t any more grime or dirt. Don’t use soap for this step!
5. Once the whole vacuum is wiped down and the filters are clean, allow it to dry before using it (I dry it near the sun). It’s best to leave it drying with all components apart rather than placing it all back in to dry. Only reinsert the vacuum’s components after they’re fully dried to prevent bacteria growth.
2. Clean the Beater Bar
Cleaning the beater bar doesn’t need to be done as frequently as basic cleaning, but should be done around once a month or so. This is to keep it working well with the suction to get debris and dust efficiently. Follow these steps to clean it:
1. Cut out any hair from the beater bar. You can do this with scissors, cutting and removing hair and tuft stuck between the bristles. Make sure to wear gloves while doing so!
2. Disinfect the beater bar with rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab. Rub it all around the beater bar and other parts of the bar that meets the floor, disinfecting it completely. Avoid spreading alcohol on the vacuum’s rubber pieces.
3. Continue disinfecting all parts of the beater bar by spinning it to reach everything. For most vacuum cleaner models, you’ll have to use your hands when spinning the beater bar around. That way, you can disinfect all sides of the bar. If your vacuum allows you to detach the entire beater ball, do so for an easier cleaning process (make sure to follow instructions).
3. Clean the Hose
Last but not least, make sure to clean the hose. You can do this as regularly as basic cleaning, or when you begin to feel an obstruction that can come from the hose. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Using a straightened wire hanger with a slight curve at the end for scooping, remove clogs inside the hose itself. Make sure that you put it in and out carefully, do not poke the hose itself but just the obstruction to prevent making a hole.
2. Use a mop handle or brook wrapped in dryer sheets (taped with duct tape) and dust the hose’s insides. Place the stick and sheets in the hose, spinning and moving it properly for the sheets to rub onto the how gently. Be gentle as you dust and pick up any debris or dirt!
3. Next step is to sanitize the vacuum’s hose using a vinegar solution. Mix one part vinegar and two parts water, then using a broom or mop handle with paper towels, wet it with the solution and rub the hose’s insides. This will kill germs and reduce odor inside.
4. Afterward, let the hose dry for a whole day before using it.
Here’s another helpful video showing you how to clean a vacuum cleaner properly:
Maintaining Your Vacuum Cleaner
Now that you’re familiar with how to clean a vacuum cleaner, the next step is maintaining it besides the regular cleaning. Here are helpful tips to follow when doing so:
Follow these basic maintenance tips as needed to keep your vacuum in great shape and performance:
1. Check and Replace Your Bags
Check the vacuum’s bags to see if it’s filled already and requires replacement. You will also know if it needs to be cleaned or replaced if it’s difficult for the vacuum to suck up debris or if it leaves behind some fuzz as you make passes. I recommend that you empty the tray or bin frequently if you use a bagless model.
2. Checking the Belt Of Your Vacuum Cleaner
Look at the vacuum belts if it has any signs of wear and tear, as it needs to be replaced every half a year or so. If you see that it’s worn, replace the belt immediately. You can see if the belt needs replacement if it’s stretched out or narrower than a new one. It should also be in the right place without any melted spots or cracked and unevenness.
3. Cleaning and Replacing Your Filters
For vacuum cleaners with filters made with foam or plastic, you can clean it easily by rinsing it clean. For those made of fabric or paper, just shake out the debris. If ever it’s too dirty to use again, replace according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
4. Checking Your Hose
If ever you’re experiencing suction loss on your vacuum, then check your hose to see if there are any obstructions inside. You can remove such obstructions with a broomstick, pushing it gently to the hose to dislodge any debris that got stuck inside. Some use makeshift hooks from bent coat hangers.
Other Ways to Care For Your Vacuum Cleaner
- Make sure that you unplug your vacuum cleaner when not in use. The same goes for when you’re about to perform any maintenance or cleaning on it to prevent damage for electrical-related injuries. Besides this, your vacuum cords and plugs should be treated with care, folding it properly to avoid tripping or pulling that causes damage.
- Never vacuum outside your home or on wet surfaces, unless the manufacturer says it’s allowed. Don’t allow it to suck up sharp or hard objects, as well as flammable or toxic materials.
- When storing your vacuum cleaner after use or cleaning and maintenance, make sure to store it indoors and in a cool, dry area. Keep your vacuum cleaner away from pets and children!
Wrapping It Up
If you’re planning to clean your vacuum cleaner, you need to make sure you know how to prevent any damage and to continue cleaning efficiently. As long as you clean your vacuum regularly and maintain it well, it can last for years to come. Just make sure that you follow the proper steps when doing so!
I hope that this article on how to clean a vacuum cleaner helped you out! So don’t wait any longer and begin taking the right steps to clean your vacuum cleaner now. If you have any questions or want to share your tips and experiences on cleaning a vacuum cleaner, comment below. Your thoughts are much appreciated!