How to Clean a Bagless Vacuum Cleaner

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Bagless vacuum cleaners require some cleaning to work properly. This can be done in a few easy steps.

  • Remove the large container on the front of the vacuum where the dirt collects. It usually has a lever on the front that can be slid to the side in order to remove the container.

  • Empty the container into your trash and shake it a couple of times to dislodge any dust.

  • Twist the bottom of the large container to unhook and remove the smaller container attached to it. This container will have a foam piece attached to a rounded filter. Remove the foam piece and, using your fingers, rub away all the dust that has accumulated there.

  • Take the filter that you removed the foam piece from outside and bang it gently against a wall. This will remove all the dust trapped inside.

  • Turn the foam piece inside out and place it back onto the filter. Put the filter back in the small container and reattach it to the larger container.

  • Reach above where the large container sat and unhook the filter that sits there. Take this filter outside and gently bang it against a wall to dislodge any dust there. Then place it back in the vacuum.

  • Once the overhead filter is securely in place, put the large container back into its place. Secure it with the lever.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clean your vacuum like this once a week to keep it from accumulating too much dust in the filters.
  • You can also rinse out the containers and foam piece once a month to keep them even cleaner.
  • Your large container should have a line to indicate the point at which it is full. You don't have to wait until it hits this point to empty the container.
  • If you rinse out your containers and foam piece, be sure to leave them sitting on a drain board or counter top until they are completely dry. You run the risk of mildew if you do not make sure they are thoroughly dried, especially the foam piece.
  • Be sure to stand back when you are banging the filters. The dust tends to fly everywhere, which is why its best to do this outside.

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