How to Clean Vacuum Cleaners
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Step 1 - Unplug the Vacuum Cleaner and Empty the Dirt Container
To prevent electric shock, you must remember to unplug any electrical equipment before cleaning it. A vacuum cleaner usually has either a dirt bag or a container in which the vacuumed dirt and debris are collected. If you are not sure of how to remove the bag or the container, refer to your user guide for instructions.
If you have a bagged vacuum cleaner, get rid of the bag and dispose of it in the trash can. If you have a bagless vacuum cleaner, it is best to take it outside and empty the container; the dust may billow around in your household. Take the vacuum cleaner close to a trash container, or the garage and empty the dirt container. Referring to the user guide, you can use water to clean the dirt container, wash it with a soapy solution, and dry it carefully. When replacing the container or bag, ensure it is thoroughly secure, the vacuumed dirt may travel to the motor, resulting in severe damage.
Step 2 - Clean the Filters
Many vacuum cleaners have single or multiple filters that clean up the vacuumed air and separate the dirt and dust. Remove the filters and clean them carefully. Refer to your user guide for cleaning instructions. Some filters must be changed, whereas others can be reused after cleaning. Make sure it is safe to clean your vacuum filter with a soap solution.
If it is not, use an old brush to get rid of the clogged dirt. If it is safe to wash your vacuum filter, soak it in a solution of mild soapy water and clean it systematically. Air-dry the filter, or wipe it clean before replacing it in the vacuum cleaner. Never change wet or moist parts in the vacuum cleaner. Moreover, there is a high chance the mold and bacteria may grow in the damp, enclosed space.
Step 3 - Clean the Attachments
Most vacuum cleaners have numerous attachments that make access easy. Any removable parts can be washed in a soapy solution, after referring to the user guide. Never wet any parts or hoses that have a wiring or are permanently attached to the system. Change the attachments only when they are entirely dry.
Step 4 - Clean the Vacuum Brush
If you have an upright vacuum cleaner, lay it on the floor to easily access the lower parts. Scrutinize the vacuum brush, beater bar, and roller. Remove any clogged debris, hair, or strings that can be entangled. If necessary, use a pair of scissors to cut out any entangled parts cautiously. With soft damp material, wipe down the body of the vacuum cleaner. Wipe the electric cord and ensure there are no cuts or signs of damage to the cord.