Things You'll Need
Mild liquid detergent
A dirty motor filter can decrease your vacuum cleaner's suction and cause poor dirt pickup, according to the Kenmore owner's manual. Regular cleaning and clog removal prevents dirt from building up and keeps your vacuum cleaner performing at its best. Cleaning the exterior of your vacuum cleaner reduces static electricity, which attracts dust. If your vacuum cleaner does not pick up dirt like it did in the past, find some time to give it a thorough cleaning.
Make sure the vacuum cleaner is not plugged into an outlet. Do not clean the vacuum cleaner while it is turned on.
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Wipe the outside of the vacuum cleaner using a cloth dampened with warm soapy water. Be sure to wring the cloth to remove excess liquid. Dripping water on the vacuum may damage the unit.
Dry the vacuum cleaner with a dry cloth.
Clean the attachments using soapy water. Rinse the attachments and allow them to dry completely before using them. Attachments should not be placed in the dishwasher.
Open the dust bag cover and remove the dust bag. Remove any dirt that has collected in the area where the bag attaches to the vacuum. If the motor filter (located below the bag) is dirty, hand wash with soapy water. Rinse with clear water, squeeze out excess water, and allow it to dry completely before returning it to the vacuum. Insert a new dust bag and close the cover.
Turn the vacuum over and remove any fibers or particles that have built up on the beater bar. Use scissors to remove strings or hair that have wrapped around the beater bar.
If your vacuum cleaner uses a HEPA filter, do not try to clean the filter. A dirty HEPA filter must be completely replaced. Cleaning a HEPA filter disables its ability to capture dust. Make sure the vacuum cleaner and all its parts are completely dry before plugging it into an outlet.