How to Clean a Vacuum Cleaner

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Is your vacuum cleaner having trouble picking up dirt and hair? If so, your first step in diagnosing the issue should be to clean the vacuum cleaner. This article will explain how to clean a basic upright vacuum cleaner.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Trash bag
  • Extra long "bottle" brush

Cleaning a Vacuum Cleaner

  • Check to make sure the bag inside of the vacuum cleaner is not full first. When the vacuum cleaner bag is full, it will cause suction to be lost. If the bag is not full, move on the next step.

  • Making sure that the vacuum cleaner is unplugged, turn the vacuum cleaner over. Using the scissors, carefully cut away and threads and hair that have become entangled on the roller. The roller can become immobilized by hair and string to such an extent that it will not be able to pick up debris.

  • Once the roller is clean, visually inspect the area around the roller. Clear any debris obstructing the roller.

  • Check to see if the vacuum cleaner picks up debris now. If it does, you are done; if it doesn't, move on to the next step.

  • Remove the vacuum cleaner bag and use the extra long bottle brush to clear any obstructions in the intake. The intake is the piping that carries debris into the bag.

  • Once you have completed these steps, check to see if the vacuum cleaner works. If it does not, you should contact a vacuum cleaner repair shop as they may have to disassemble the vacuum cleaner to deep clean it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always unplug the vacuum cleaner before attempting to clean or repair it.

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