Vacuum cleaners are a must in our everyday household cleaning and why not? You can clean almost everything with a vacuum cleaner from dirty floors to stairs to carpets to dusty curtains to your closets, cabinets, and drawers, ceiling fans, pillows and mattresses, even your car’s interior.

And with all the dust that Lubbock has blowing through, its gonna get dirty!  

Especially if you’re cleaning up after one of these!

massive dust storm Lubbock

But as Cecil Baxter famously said, “You don’t get anything clean without getting something else dirty.”

With this everyday cleaning, your vacuum cleaner itself gets dirty.

So when was the last time you paid attention to your dirty vacuum cleaner and gave a thought to cleaning it?  Not in a long time probably.

Do you know keeping your appliances clean can actually Increase their life span and can save you tons of money?

Cleaning Your Vacuum

For a vacuum cleaner to work properly, it should have sufficient airflow and for that its canisters and filters should be checked, emptied and cleaned after every use.

It also needs a proper weekly clean-up as well.

Here is a guide on how to clean your vacuum cleaner

  1. Things you will need.
  2. Method of cleaning.
  3. Additional tips and tricks.


  • Things you’ll need
  •  dishwashing liquid like Dawn
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Grout brush
  •  Something to cut with


Step by step method

  1. Canisters
  2.  First of all unplug the appliance
  3. Empty the canister after removing or simply change the vacuum bag
  4. Rinse the canister with water first and then give it a nice proper wash with warm sudsy water.
  5. Leave the canister to dry completely and then replace it.


  1. Filters
  2. Moving on to the filters, you need to give the manual a read to see if your filters are washable or not.
  3. Before washing it, you need to thump it against a hard surface to knock out any dust and then rinse it with warm water the same way you did the canister.
  4. Leave the filters to dry overnight and make sure they are dry before re-installing them.


  1.  Vacuum hose
  2. Wrap a sweeper or mop handle with dryer sheets; use duct tape to hold the dryer sheets in their place. Use a floor brush to clean the vacuum hose from the inside.
  3. Be delicate so as not to break or harm the vacuum hose. A gardeners hose can be utilized rather than a floor brush or mop handle when needed.
  4. Don’t forget to sanitize the inside of the vacuum hose with a damp paper towel. Dampen it in 1:1 mixture of white vinegar and water and wipe the inner surface of the hose clean with it. This will free the hose of any odors and bacteria.
  5. Let the vinegar dry completely before turning the vacuum cleaner on to avoid any possible liquid damage.

diagram of vacuum cleaner

  1.  Base Plate
  2. Now coming towards the base plate, remove it from the vacuum cleaner.
  3. Lay the vacuum on one side and use a sharp knife or scissors to cut away any hairs or threads tangled with the bristles but make sure not to harm the bristles in the process.
  4. Now scrub with a grout brush to remove any remains from the base plate.
  5. Use a soft microfiber cloth to wipe the surface clean.


  • Outer surface
  • Finally, wipe the outer surface clean with a new towel.


Additional Tips and tricks
  • Wrap duct tape around any cracks in the vacuum hose.
  • Rub the hose with wax paper to avoid add-ons from sticking.
  • Empty the canister whenever it is halfway full.
  • You can also opt for a professional clean up at your local vacuum repair store
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