How to Clean Hoover Vacuums


According to Consumer Reports Magazine, Hoover vacuum cleaners are a "best seller," but despite its popularity, the brand is "less reliable" than some competing upright vacuum cleaner manufacturers. One issue with Hoover vacuum cleaners is the industry-common problem of cleanliness. As a machine designed to suck up dirt and dust, Hoover vacuum cleaners invariably get dirty and dusty themselves. While some higher-end vacuum cleaners feature easy self-cleaning or cheaply replaced disposable components, Hoovers, for the most part, do not. Luckily, Hoover vacuum cleaners are relatively simple to clean with the right know-how.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel or washcloth
  • Water
  • Soap
  • Hoover brand filter
  • Screwdriver
  • Rubber gloves
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton ball
  • Wipe down the exterior of your Hoover vacuum cleaner with a moist towel or washcloth. This will remove any dust or small debris clinging to the outer-casing. If you notice dried on or sticky messes, add a little soap to the washcloth and scrub vigorously.

  • Replace the filter in your vacuum cleaner with a brand new, clean Hoover-brand filter. Such filters are designed to trap dust and allergens, according to, but they only work if they are changed regularly.

  • Tilt the vacuum cleaner back, exposing its underside.

  • Unscrew the protective plate covering the "brush roll." On some Hoover models, the plate is simply snapped in rather than screwed in.

  • Put on rubber gloves to avoid getting your hands too dirty, as the brush roll is typically filthy.

  • Cut off any hair or other long pieces of debris wrapped around the brush roll.

  • Pull out other large pieces of debris trapped in the brush by using your gloved hands.

  • Spin the brush roll with your fingers, cleaning the surface with soap and water as you turn it. For very difficult to remove, dried on stains use a little rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball to loosen the caked on mess.

  • Reattach the protective plate when you've finished cleaning the brush roll. Your Hoover vacuum cleaner is now dirt free and ready to use without major dust or allergy concerns.

Tips & Warnings

  • Though not required for the cleaning process itself, keep in mind that regular bag replacement is necessary for top performance, and your Hoover will not clean properly with a full bag. Additionally, a full bag may overflow and cause more of a mess for you to clean up later on.

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