Spring Clean: How to Put the Voom Back in Your Vacuum

upright-vacuumI used to think all I needed to do for my vacuum was empty the canister. I kind of forgot there was a filter too. And oh yeah, there were some other things needing attention.

I gave my vacuum a little cleaning and maintenance, and holy moly, I could not believe how powerful it was!

Give your vacuum a power boost with these tips:plug

1. For heaven’s sake unplug your vacuum first.

2. Check your user’s guide to see where everything is and how to access all of it.

3. Empty the canister or replace the bag.

4. Clean the rotating brush. Cut away any strings that have wrapped around it.


5. Check the belt. Grit and sand stick to the belt, which prevents it from rotating well. Rinse and dry it off, and make sure it doesn’t have any cracks or signs of wear.

6. Look in the hoses to make sure there aren’t any clogs that you can see.

7. Rinse or replace your filter.

8. Wipe the outside of the vacuum with a cloth to make it clean and shiny.

Happy cleaning!

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  1. I love the little stick-figure that is vacuuming! :)

  2. I was complaining just the other day that my vacuum cleaner wasn’t working well, so my husband took it apart and cleaned it really good, just like you’re talking about. It was amazing, like a new vacuum cleaner. I had forgotten the little thing in the canister was suppose to spin round and round. That cleaning was way past due. Oops! :)

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  3. #1 made me laugh out loud. *smile*

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  4. I was just thinking yesterday that I need to do this! There is tons of yarn/string/who knows what scraps wrapped around my brush from kid’s crafts…
    Thanks for the reminder!

  5. You’re assumming I know where my user’s manual is!! LOL

    My vacuum is on it’s last legs. Yes, I do need to clean it, but I sucked up some liquids with it (and it’s not a wet-vac) OOPS. My vacuum is a little funky, now.

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  6. Great idea and tutorial….I must get on this ASAP!

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  7. Since we have 2 kids, 2 dogs and 3 cats I vacuum 3 to 4 times a week so this is much needed…thanks for the motivation!

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  8. I love this post :-)

    I have very long hair that wraps around my vacuum brush. Lately I’ve been using a seam ripper to clean it. It works great!

  9. Michelle says:

    It’s not string wrapped around the roller that I have to worry about, it’s hair! I have to remember every other month or so to sit down with the scissors and remove all the hair from the roller and there is probably more on the roller than is still on my head. Crazy.
    Have a wonderful day!

  10. Antigone says:

    We tried all this and still had a vacuum that wasn’t suctioning. Thank the consumer gods for Costco – who without question let us exchange the almost 1 year old beast for another. And, we were amused to see, they took back the partially eaten blackberry flat from the pregnant woman behind us (whose honest complaint was she was pregnant and THOUGHT she had wanted blackberries but it turned out they weren’t actually what she was craving).

    Lesson learned – buy things with lots of moving parts from someplace with a very good return policy. Vacuums, printers, small appliances in general.