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How to: Clean your Vacuum

Vacuums just like any other cleaning tool, are known to collect debris, dust, dirt, and grime, which over time can build up and prevent the machine from working properly. Routine maintenance and cleaning of your vacuum can increase its lifespan and result in a more thorough cleaning of your home.

What you need:

  • Microfiber cloth

  • Dishwashing Liquid

  • Scissors

  • Grout Brush

Cleaning the Canister:

The canister is where all of the dirt, debris, hair, dander, and dust is collected and could quite possibly be the dirtiest part of your vacuum, which is exactly why it’s a good idea to make sure it gets cleaned regularly.


  1. Start by unplugging your vacuum and removing the canister.

  2. Make sure the canister is empty and wipe the inside of the canister with a dry microfiber cloth or paper towels.

  3. Using warm, soapy water, wash the canister thoroughly ensuring to clean the crevices where dirt can hide.

  4. Rinse the canister and let it dry completely before reassembling your vacuum.

Cleaning the Filter:

Routine maintenance to the filter in your vacuum is important as it ensures the dirt and dust that is kicked up during vacuuming isn’t put back into the air. This, in return, reduces the allergens present in the air and can help those who suffer from asthma or allergies.


  1. Reference your vacuum’s manual to see if the filter is reusable, or determine if you need to purchase a new filter.

  2. If your filter is able to be washed, remove the filter, hold it over a trash can and knock all the loose dust and dirt off.

  3. Rinse the filter with warm water. Remember not to use any soap or cleansers unless directed by the manufacturer.

  4. Let the filter dry overnight and ensure it is completely dry before re-assembling your vacuum.

Cleaning the Base:

The base of your vacuum and the beater bar are known to harbor debris picked up from your carpets such as threads and hair. Over time, the beater bar becomes clogged and can deter your vacuum from working properly.


  1. Wipe down the base plate with a dry microfiber cloth.

  2. Using a grout brush remove as much debris from the beater bar as possible.

  3. Carefully cut away threads and hair that have built up over time.

  4. Gently remove the base plate of your vacuum so that the beater bar is exposed.

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