How To Clean and Remove The Dust From The Vacuum Cleaner?

A Vacuum cleaner is considered an essential household appliance that allows you to keep your home clean. Accumulation of dust and debris on sofas, carpets, beds, pillows, and curtains can lead to allergies, asthma, skin rashes, and it also enhances your stress level.

The only way to reduce the risk of health issues is by opting for a vacuum cleaner. Before that, you should pay special attention to the cleanliness of the vacuum cleaner. If you want to know the right cleaning methods and cleaning process of vacuum cleaners, then you should read the blog from start to last.

Things to remember before you begin cleaning the Vacuum Cleaner

  • Before start to clean, carry your vacuum cleaner in a well-ventilated area or yard.
  • As a lot of fumes will be exposed during their cleaning, so you may cover your nose and mouth by using a face shield or mask. Aside from this, you may want to wear protective gloves for your hand’s safety.
  • Familiarize yourself with the user’s manual to ensure that the cleaning method you consider would be suitable for your vacuum.
  • Switch your vacuum’s filter with a new one, if not washable. Keep in mind the size and type of filter while replacing.
  • To clean a flat filter, you need to have a flat surface or floor where you lay to keep it dry.
  • Allow filters to dry before you install them back in the vacuum.
  • Wipe down your vacuum’s wheels with a cloth daily to avoid getting your expensive carpets and floors from dust.
  • Use vacuum attachments to remove trapped animal hair and wires in the brush roller.

List of Ingredients you need to clean the Vacuum Cleaner

You must have the following mentioned ingredients to clean vacuum interior and exterior parts adequately:

  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Garbage disposal bag
  • Microfiber Cloth
  • Tin of Compressed air ( if required)
  • Pair of rubber gloves
  • Yard or Ventilated area where you will clean the vacuum cleaner
  • A cleaning brush
  • Scissor or Seam Ripper
  • Basin or Sink to wash tiny parts of the vacuum
  • Cotton Pad, Disinfectant ( including Alcohol)
  • Others

How to Clean a Vacuum Cleaner?

cleaning a vacuum

1. Separate Replaceable and washable Parts respectively

The first thing you need to do is to dispose of any dust, debris, fume, or dirt that may be accumulated in the canister or dust bag. Most brands of vacuum are expensive and you should be more careful when cleaning this one-time investment to avoid damage and cracks. So, you have to detach all disposable and washable parts which may consist of the attachment fixtures and filters.

2. Clean the Vacuum filters

The second step you need to follow is to read the user manual to be sure how many filters your vacuum has and in which direction they are installed. Most vacuum cleaners featured two or three filters. However, to ensure the filter quantity you should check your manual given by the manufacture along with the product.

Take a large bucket or container and fill it with clean water and dish soap. Then, dip a washable filter in this solution. Next, take the toothbrush for its scrubbing. This would be a suitable period to add the sanitizer if you want to use any one of them. At last, rinse both filters with cool water. Leave the filter to air dry (at least for 24 hours).

3. How to clean Non-Washable Filters?

The non-washable filter should be dipped into the solution for a couple of hours before cleaning. This method of cleaning will help you to remove stubborn particles. In addition to that, you can also use a clean cloth to wipe off the dust. This would be the right time to swap filters with a new one.

Please note if vacuum parts and filters are still wet, in such a situation, avoid rearranging the vacuum. Accumulation of wet parts may enhance the risk of debris developing inside the vacuum which can cause serious health issues.

4. Clean and Disinfect the Canisters

There is no need to follow this step if your vacuum brand offers a dustbag. For effective cleaning of dustbags, read the owner manual’s instructions. Usually, manufacturers don’t provide washing dust bags. For canisters cleaning, empty the canister first. To eliminate the canister from the huge vacuuming unit, you must check the owner manual for accurate instructions. Prepare a solution by taking dish soap and warm water. Then, soak the canister into this solution and scrub it with a toothbrush. Wash it with clean and cool water. Let Canister leave to air dry.

5. Clean the Vacuum’s internal parts

You can use the toothbrush to remove debris, dust, and dirt from the internal part of the vacuum cleaner. Start wiping with a clean cloth; use your hands for downward strokes. The right position of the hand will ensure proper cleaning. To discharge stubborn debris, flash some compressed air. Once the flying particles come out, cover your face with a face mask or shield immediately. The dirt particles can get into your nose and eyes and cause allergic reactions.

6. Beater Bar Cleaning

From strings to wires, hairs to other dust remains get accumulated in this accessory of the vacuum. This would be the right time to use scissors or a seam ripper for cutting or trimming the pet’s hair, carpet remains, and strings.

After trimming, pull away from the strings or hair by using your hand. Furthermore, you can use the toothbrush to remove the leftover from the beater bar. Loosen up the bolts or screw onto the rotating brush, if they can be removed. You will see a tiny passageway behind the rotating brush, for their cleaning you may have a cotton pad (dipped into alcohol). It is the best hack to clean the bottom of the vacuum.

After applying the cotton pad, disinfect it well. According to experts, alcohol is one of the best cleaning solutions, as it dries steadily while disinfection. During this process, you can inspect the vacuum for damage. If you find any tear or damage in your vacuum then replace it quickly.

7. Attachment Accessories Cleaning

Prepare a solution by using clean water and dish soap. Dip washable accessories into this solution. Next, rinse it with cool water and allow it to air dry for at least 24 hours. Throughout the accessories cleaning process, if youfind any hair or strings accumulated in any of the attachments, use the scissors to cut the dust remains.

8. Use Clean Cloth to wipe off the Exterior Part

Always use a new and clean microfiber cloth to wipe off the exterior vacuuming unit. Please note read the manual cleaning instructions before using alcohol to clean the exterior unit. However, a little amount of alcohol ensures everything is disinfected and cleans well.

9. Get back together Vacuum parts

Before start to reassemble, make sure all vacuum parts are air dry. This is the last and final stage where you would be ready to use your vacuum cleaner. Once all the parts are installed, give it a final finish by wiping it down.


Make sure to follow the user manual to clean your vacuum cleaner way more effectively. I hope the mentioned cleaning way will help you to maintain your vacuum working efficiency and durability.

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