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

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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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