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How to Clean a Vacuum Cleaner


If someone asked when you last used your vacuum you’d probably be able to provide a general answer. But when was the last time you cleaned your vacuum itself?

It’s easy to forget that the tools used for housekeeping need maintenance themselves. However, keeping your cleaning appliances in good condition can increase their lifespan.

Cleaning Your Vacuum

Your bagless vacuum needs ample airflow to work properly. Because of this, it’s important to keep canisters and filters clean. In terms of routine maintenance, you’ll need to make sure your vacuum’s canister is emptied whenever it’s halfway full. You should also take the time to clean your vacuum regularly using the following instructions.

What you’ll need: 

Microfiber cloths

Dishwashing liquid


Grout brush

Steps to Cleaning a Vacuum:


Unplug the vacuum and remove the canister.

Wipe the inside of the canister with a dry microfiber cloth.

Wash the canister with warm soapy water, rinse.

Dry completely.


Check your manufacturer’s instructions to determine if filter is washable or needs to be replaced.

To wash, you first need to remove it and tap it over trash can so that any dust is knocked out.

Now rinse under the sink tap. Don’t use soap or cleaners unless your manufacturer’s instructions specifically say.

Dry overnight.

Base Plate

Remove the base plate so that you can clean the beater bar.

Cut any threads taking care not to damage the bristles on the bar.

Use a grout brush to remove any debris.

Wipe down the base plate of the vacuum with a dry microfiber cloth.

Finally, you’ll wipe down the outside of the vacuum.

Now that you know how to clean a vacuum, you’re ready to keep up your routine home maintenance.

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