How To Clean And Maintain A Vacuum Cleaner?

A vacuum cleaner just like any other electrical home appliance needs care and proper maintenance for it to function efficiently. Cleaning is one of the best ways through which a machine can be maintained. It is however important to note that you should exercise caution during the cleaning exercise so as not to interfere with key parts of the machine. The following are factors to consider when cleaning a vacuum cleaner.


Before embarking on any vacuum cleaning exercise, the first thing to do would be to unplug the appliance from its power source and switch off the socket. This is done to avoid any accidents, injuries or even machine damage from occurring.


Proceed to check the floorhead for any dirt accumulation or blockages. The floorhead is the flat part adjoining the elongated handle of the cleaner that is in direct contact with the floor surface.

Depending on the vacuum’s model, you might need to unclip or unscrew the bottom plate in order to clean it up. Take out the brush roll, carefully noting the direction it faces in order to have it back in the correct position.

Cleaning the roll is an easy process that usually requires you pulling out any fluffy material, strands or dirt that may have become entangled in the brush. Be careful not to distort the alignment of the brush’s hairs though. It is advisable to use a pointed object to pick out any clogged objects as opposed to using a doubled edged object that could easily cut through the hairs. You also probably need to ensure that the brush roll is spinning properly after re-installation.

Usually, dirt may accumulate at the side caps of the roll making it slow and unable to pick up dirt. Inspect the bearings inside and clean them if necessary. You may consider changing your brush rolls more regularly depending on your usage.


Dirt accumulation may result in sudden breakdowns on your machine and may not necessarily because of acquisition of cheap canister vacuum models.

These malfunctions may be as a result of overheating of the mortar caused by overstuffed bags. The manufacturer’s user guide advocates for constant checking of the content capacity of the bag and advices clients to empty the bag once it’s a third full. This will enable air circulation to be free and unhampered. The suction power of the cleaner will also be at its optimum.


Consider having your filters changed or cleaned regularly. The efficiency of the machine is greatly dependent on this. Plastic filters can always be dusted or patted lightly to remove accumulated dirt. For foam filters, clean them over running tap water and gently squeeze to release excess water. Remember to leave it out to dry completely before fitting it back on the hoover.

In conclusion

Although these tips are meant for general care and maintenance, they can still go a long way to ensure the longevity of your appliances. Be sure to read through the user’s manual of your cleaner to get more detailed information.