Our team of experts has produced this post to explain to you how you can best clean a vacuum by giving you handy tricks for cleaning every part of your vacuum, so it’s in as good a condition as possible.
Whatever vacuum cleaner you own, or whether you just wish it needed a little TLC, we’ve got you covered with a wide variety of instructions on how to clean each part.
For a vacuum to perform at its best, it’s vital that you stay on top of its maintenance so it can keep performing well. The amount of dust and allergens they can hold will be significantly decreased, for example, if you do not take the time to clean your vacuum’s filters. In the following paragraphs, you will find instructions on how to clean your vacuum and how often you should do it.
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A vacuum cleaner’s dust cup needs to be cleaned
In order to start cleaning your vacuum deep down to an atomic level, you’ll need to make sure the dust container or dust bag is empty (although, ideally, you’d want to empty the dust container or bag after every clean).
Remove the dust cup from the main machine if you are using a canister or stick vacuum. In order to avoid damage to your vacuum, it is important to check with the manufacturer’s instructions regarding how to clean the dust cup.
If the dust cup is washable, then it should be immersed in warm soapy water (not boiling water as this may cause damage). After rinsing the bubbles, be sure the area is completely dry. The dust cup should be submerged in water only if it isn’t designed for this purpose. If this is not the case, take a clean, dry cloth (microfiber is recommended) and wipe inside it.
The fabric bag of your canister vacuum should be completely replaced if it is found to have a fabric bag. It is not necessary to replace the fabric bag with every emptying of the dust bag.
How to clean a vacuum: wash the filters
If you want to ensure that your vacuum’s performance is at its best, then its filter should be cleaned regularly. As long as the air filter is constantly clogged up with dirt, it won’t be able to perform the functions that it was intended for as effectively, and it won’t be able to efficiently trap allergens as well.
In the same way you need to check the manufacturer’s instructions for how to clean the dust cup and filters in your vacuum, you need to check the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions for the filters in your vacuum. Additionally, the instructions that came with the machine should have told you how to remove the filter from it as well.
The vacuum’s filters can be washed if they’re suitable for doing so – simply take them from the machine, remove them and run them under a stream of water for a few minutes to wash all the dust that’s clogging them up away. Just let the filter dry completely – that’s all there is to it.
Brush roll cleaning: how to clean a vacuum
You may need to give your vacuum brush roll a little attention if you have a pet or have long hair at home. In spite of the fact that some vacuum cleaners, such as the Shark Anti Hair Wrap Flexology Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, are designed to prevent hairs from collecting on the brush roll, it is still necessary to cut hairs you find on the brush roll away periodically.
If you need to use any tool, run it along the bottom of the brush roll and cut away all of the hair that you can.
Clean the attachments and hose of the vacuum
In the same way as every other part of your vacuum, your attachments will need some maintenance from time to time. When cleaning your vacuum cleaner, remove its hose or stick tube if it has one, as many cordless vacuums have one.
It is very important to remove all blockages or large lumps of hair from the tube before continuing. You may be able to unblock the hose by shaking it (outside is best) if that doesn’t work, however, you may need to purchase a radiator brush from Amazon. The long and thin brush should dislodge any obstructions.
You can clean the vacuum hose in soapy water too, but be sure to rinse away all bubbles and allow the hose to dry completely before reconnecting it to the vacuum.
Keeping up with your cleaning routine, we recommend rubbing the exterior of the vacuum with a damp cloth after you have finished cleaning.
How often should you clean your vacuum?
The dust cup of a stick vacuum should be emptied after each use. However, canisters and uprights can go for longer periods between emptying which could be problematic if you don’t remove the dust and debris regularly.
As we have suggested above, you should attempt to clean your vacuum once a year, including both the filters and the motor. Various areas of the vacuum, however, including the brush roll, need to be cleaned more frequently.
Cleaning a Shark vacuum’s dust canister and filter
There’s no getting around the fact that most of us would rather spend our free time doing anything but housework, but the truth is that all of us have to clean our homes on occasion. In fact, according to a new study, all of us dread one task more than any other when it comes to cleaning.
According to a survey conducted by YouGov, 7% of Americans would kill to avoid vacuuming, the most hated household chore. In regards to making this task as easy as possible, investing in one of the best vacuum cleaners available will go a long way towards making it go as smoothly as possible, with strong suction and large dust canisters ensuring as little interruption to your cleaning sessions as possible.
Cleaning your cleaner, on the other hand, is equally important to ensure that it can tackle carpets as well as hard floors in the most efficient manner. If you want to keep the vacuum cleaner in top shape, you should regularly empty the dust canister, clean the filters, and check for any clogs in the floor head and any hoses or wands that came with it.
It’s not uncommon for there to be many types of vacuum cleaners on the market right now, and not every manufacturer recommends the same methods for keeping its appliances clean. Our main focus for this article will be a Shark vacuum cleaner, but regardless of whether you own a cordless Shark vacuum or a corded model of the company, the same basic cleaning principles apply.
Even though sharks are relatively recent additions to the world of floor-cleaning, they have gained a lot of attention very quickly. There are a number of reasons for Shark’s new low price range, including the fact that they offer models at affordable prices that can compete with rivals such as Dyson and Miele for cleaning power; their flexibility to clean in corners and crannies; as well as the runtime of Shark’s cordless cleaners.
A guide to cleaning the dust filter of your Shark vacuum
Dust and dirt particles from carpets and hard floors are gathered by the vacuum cleaner’s filter, which deposits them into the dust canister rather than expelling them into the air. As a result of the filters, a lot of fine dust and dirt particles cannot enter the motor, so it’s important to keep them clean regularly in order to avoid clogging.
There are two types of filters that can be found on Shark cordless vacuums. As the name suggests, this is the pre-motor filter, which is located to the right of the motor and is known – perhaps unsurprisingly – as such. This filter is composed of one felt and one foam filter. A post-motor filter is another plastic device which has been placed between the filter and the dust canister on the motor.
Regardless of whether the vacuum is a Shark cordless model or a Shark upright vacuum, removing the dust canister allows you to access the filters. Just pull the felt and foam filters out of the dust canister. Taking care not to damage the vacuum’s motor, you’ll want to take care of the post-motor filter by removing this filter from the main unit of your Shark vacuum. All you have to do is grasp the filter and pull it downwards.
Under the dust canister, Shark upright vacuums have a filter housing. If you want to remove the filter, lay the vacuum on its back, then use the filter-release button on the back of the vacuum to open the housing so that you can see the filter. Remove the filter by pulling it forward.
There are two types of filters and each can be washed and reinstalled after they have been rinsed in warm water and allowed to air-dry. Make sure you never use soap as this can cause the filters to get clogged up. Then, be sure to put the filters back in place before turning on your vacuum; otherwise, there will not be enough suction to clean your floors.
According to Shark, pre-motor filters need cleaning once a month, and post-motor filters need cleaning once a year. On the other hand, if the vacuum is heavily used it may be necessary to clean it more often.
Cleaning and emptying a Shark vacuum’s dust canister
With Shark cordless and upright vacuums, you can easily empty the dust canister because of the lid-release feature. When the lid is released, the hinged cover falls away, allowing the contents to be disposed of in the trash. In order to do this, you must remove the wand from cordless models. By pressing the release button on the top of the main unit, you can remove the dust canister from upright corded vacuums.
Shark cordless vacuums have dust canisters that can be cleaned by rinsing them in warm water. Let it air-dry for at least 24 hours on its side with the lid open once completed.
Check the wand/hose and floor head of the vacuum for possible blockages after removing the dust canister. Be sure to turn off your vacuum before removing the dust canister. To free the wand or hose of debris, break a bamboo skewer into two and insert it into the wand or hose.
Shark’s vacuum cleaners have anti-tangle technology that stops hair from wrapping around the floor head’s brush roller. One example is the Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner with PowerFins & Flexology. You may be able to get debris out of the brush roller of a Shark model that doesn’t have such technology, but if you notice debris becoming caught around the brush roller, you may need to use tweezers to slowly remove it.
Depending on the type of brush rollers that your vacuum cleaner has, you will be able to even clean them by hand in warm water, in order to remove dirt and debris. You must, however, ensure that the rollers completely dry before reinserting them into the floor head, a process Shark says will require up to 24 hours.