So, it’s been a while since I actually cleaned my vacuum. For shame, and I have not vacuumed the past two weeks because of the people visiting, pets and a hectic schedule. I got around to it this week and feel accomplished and disgusted at the same time. Avert your eyes if you don’t want a reason to vacuum regularly, especially if you have pets.

Clean a bagless vacuum

Gross I know. It’s just gross to me knowing all of that was in my carpet.  I get great satisfaction knowing I pulled all of that dirt and hair out of my carpet, which is probably why vacuuming is my favorite sport chore. For the record, I do wish that when I vacuumed nothing came out, due to the level of cleanliness. When my vacuum does look this bad, I know it’s time to clean it out. Here’s how I clean my bagless vacuum.

Remove the canister and empty contents into the trash.

Clean vacuum filter
Take canister apart, remove stubborn dirt fluff and rinse in warm water.

Clean Dirty Vacuum Filter
Check your filters and clean as needed. Mine is washable so I rinsed it in warm water until the water ran clear, squeezed out the excess and let it air dry. Check your manual for instructions on how to care for your filter.

Clean a Vacuum Clog

Check hoses for blockage. This one is at the roller brush but also check where the dirt goes into the canister and the hose attachment.

Cleaning a Dirty Vacuum
Use a seam ripper to remove hair and string from the roller brush. Scissors would work nicely too.

Cleaning a Bagless Vacuum

Wipe vacuum clean as desired and wait 24 hours for vacuum parts to thoroughly dry before putting it back together. My filter was still damp after 24 hours, must be the Texas humidity or something, but a hair dryer fixed that problem quickly. A bagless vacuum needs to be cleaned thoroughly every two months to keep it running well. After I clean my machine, I like lean it up and turn it on for 30 seconds to run air through the system to loosen any potential clogs.

I have to admit, after I put the vacuum back together, I wanted to go over all of the carpets again just in case I missed something. I might have a slight addiction.

Happy Cleaning!


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65 Responses to How to Clean a Bagless Vacuum

  1. Julia says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial! I have a bagless and feel the same way when I see the crud it’s pulled from my carpet. I try to keep the positive mindset, “well it’s not in my carpet anymore,” rather than gag at how disgusting it is! I need to clean out my vacuum soon, so I’m going to pin this for future reference! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  2. Meg says:

    We need to do this SO bad. Our vacuum actually makes the carpet stink, we have to spray febreeze when we are done. It is sooooo gross!

    • You can try putting a cotton ball dampened with essential oils or other smell goods in your canister so every time you vacuum it releases the scent.

      • Nellie Berlicchi RN says:

        OMG – I just took my bagless vacuume cleaner appart and after washing all part and drying filter – I dropped a few drops of Peppermint essential oils into filter. Great minds thin allike….lol

  3. Lisa says:

    When I see the stuff that comes out of my carpet when vacuuming as compared to when I vacuum hardwood I’m grossed out too. I then realize that the crud that is in the carpet is there because carpet catches it and holds it as compared to hardwood which it just keeps floating around. Some goes on the furniture but how much of it goes into my lungs.

    • It is gross, but I do love carpet because it’s comfy to lay on and I don’t have to clean it everyday. I do love my hardwoods for my kitchen though, so I can see the food bits and pick them up.

  4. I like to sprinkle baking soda on my carpets. When I clean my vacuum parts I spray them with either Nature’s Miracle or a hydrogen peroxide and water solution to eliminate the odors.

  5. Carrie From Carrie This Home says:

    Great tips! It’s amazing the difference it makes cleaning with a “clean” vacuum! Thanks for linking up to Frugal Crafty Home!

  6. Michelle says:

    I’m a quilter, so I’ve always got thread wrapped around the roller brush. Using a seam ripper is a great idea — I’ve always struggled with scissors or a paring knife.

    Now you’ve got me almost wanting to clean my own vacuum.

    • You could just clean part of it, just the brush. 🙂 I usually just clean the filter and will only de-string the roller if it needs it.

    • Barb Strategier Bohn says:

      Michelle, I keep a large lint roller next to my sewing machine and go over the carpet with that to eliminate treads in the vacuum roller.

  7. vmg206 says:

    Great tips!
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  8. Our vacuum definitely needs a good cleaning! We have two cats and their hair gets everywhere! Thanks for the tips, I’m pinning this!

  9. Oh we need to do this – you aren’t alone! Thanks for the tutorial Angela!

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  11. Susan H. says:

    I’ve pinned your article so I won’t forget to clean my vac—recently I was having problems with my LG upright shutting off after a few minutes. They do build overloads into many of their appliances, but this was excessive. Then the lightbulb went on, and I remembered the foam disc filter at the top of the cannister. It was filthy-and the bad thing is that I’d forgotten that they’d actually included a spare filter with the vac.Duh… So now I can insert the clean one while the dirty one dries after being washed. I recently purchased a neat little Eureka corded hand vac & I purchased an extra washable filter for it, too! Live and learn!

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  13. Yvonne says:

    I also clean my bagless vac. at least once a month, taking as much of it apart has I can, then I have my husband take it down to his air compressor and blow it out real good, you would be surprised how much more dust comes out..

  14. becky says:

    How do you clean the hose to look clear again of your bagless vaccum?

    • I would try using a refrigerator coil brush to clear the dust from the hose and any blockages, avoid using water or cleaners as the moisture can ruin your vacuum. The brush won’t make it perfect but it should do the job well enough.

      • Tom J says:

        Easy way to clean the hose/s; remove them fro the vacuum unit, pour some warm water in them, about half full, add a few drops of Dawn, ans shake back and forth, rinse, repeat if necessary. Rinse well hang out to dry in the sun to dry. If water droplets remain, drop a string or long shoe-lace/s through the hose, with a piece of soft cloth attached at one end, pull through, tapping hose at is passes through.

        • Hi Tom,

          That is a great way to get them completely clean, however, if the hoses are not completely dry when you use the vacuum again, the excess moisutre can ruin your vacuum. If you really want to clean your vacuum hoses, I would recommend using a refrigerator coil brush to loosen dust and debris then turn the vacuum on to clear the loosened debris.

          Thanks so much for your comment!

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  16. penelope Oulds says:

    I wash the inside of my Dyson in the shower and let it dry for 24 hours

  17. Alex says:

    Cleaning my vacuum is kind of a guilty pleasure! I have the same exact vacuum as you, so it’s nice to see that someone else feels the same way!

  18. Eva Banova says:

    You are lucky if that’s all you get out of the carpet. I have 4 dogs, and I fill the whole thing up when I vacuum (and I vacuum every 3-4 days). It’s horrible 🙂
    Also, a toothbrush works great for those tiny holes. And they need the most attention because they influence the suction.

  19. Oh goodness, you must have some very adorable dogs to clean up after 4 of them. 🙂 That’s a great tip! I typically use the upholstery brush that came with the vacuum but compress air works well too.

  20. Gloria says:

    Take filter out and canister that the dirt accumulates, bring it outside and use a blower on it. I have a dog it works wonders. I use the blower forthwith whole vacuum. No water used.

  21. Sarah says:

    I’m glad I found this! I have this same vacuum & when I vacuum, it smells like my dog. I’m gonna give this a try & hopefully it’ll remove that smell.

  22. Jordan says:

    Awesome tips! Also try putting some of the parts in the dishwasher. You can take your vacuum almost completely apart and put everything right in the dishwasher. That has worked better for me in the past. (:

  23. Dee says:

    I have same vaccum, and put everything in my dishwasher. It looks brand new. I need to order a 2nd filter great tip on spare.

  24. Carolyn says:

    When I clean my bag-less vaccum I take it outside and use the leaf blower to blow the remaining dust dirt and dog hair!!

  25. Sandra Gibbs says:

    I do this all the time. But, when the bagless area is really clean, get out some Armour All and apply liberally. When dry, it will keep the plastic clean longer

  26. Dam Spahn says:

    Every now and then, I will hook up a shop vac and suck out, or blow out, clogs that form inside the feeder hose. Keeps it running fine.

  27. Barbara Valenti says:

    I love to vacuum! I have a Shark rotator and it is so much fun to see how much gunk I get from my carpets. Guess I am addicted to vacuuming. Too bad?

  28. Scott King says:

    Spot on article! The seam ripper tip is awesome. My wife has me clean the brushroll and I always use a knife which works okay. I’m giving the seam ripper a try for sure! Thanks!

  29. Joanne says:

    I have a vacumm like that theirs also a filter under the red part on the bottom black piece you have to take canister off & theirs 2 screws then pull it out & theirs a filter in there that you can just wash in water & replace it when I clean both filters & hose out canister & part in canister it works great after.

  30. Michele says:

    I have a Dyson and I take it apart and soak it in the sink with warm water and some dawn. When it is clean I put it out in the sun and it dries out nice. Also wash filter the same way and lay out in sun.

  31. Patricia Russell says:

    Great tips! It’s superb the distinction it makes cleanup with a “clean” vacuum!I love to vacuum!

  32. allie says:

    I always clean my Dyson regularly. (Not the getting the canister wet part). I use a bottle brush with the sponge end and bristled middle. Getting the brush up the “cyclone” holes is so satisfying to clean. I got out into the driveway, clean out the holes and then lightly tap the inner part with the handle on the ground. You won’t believe the funk that comes out!! It is amazing how much better it works!

  33. Tanya says:

    You’re not alone! I have two rather large labs (over 100 pounds each). In a Perfect world I’d like to vacuum daily but that’s just not the case. We have an air compressor in the garage and that is how I clean my bag less vacuums. It’s amazing how much better they work and I want to go over the carpets after I’ve just made them all shiny and new.

  34. Thanks for the help on how to clean a bagless vacuum! My wife just bought a new vacuum and we have no idea how to clean it out after using it for the first time. After reading this, I have an idea of how I am going to do it, but you have to be careful when you open it so that you don’t have to vacuum it back up again! Thanks again!

  35. Denise says:

    I know just how you feel. I dump my cannister after each use and I’m always shocked how much crud is in it. I clean mobile homes for seniors. The ones with pets have so much dog hair my vacumme cleaner was clogged up. I had to take it apart and clean it up. It ran so nice afterward.

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  37. Sarah says:

    Regular cleaning of the filters will do for quick maintenance. To keep the vacuum in good condition, schedule a total clean-up at least once every 6 months.

  38. alastair says:

    Thank you very much for this excellent post. This post gonna help me a lot.
    Thanks again. Really appreciated

  39. janie@wood floor vacuum says:

    I use Shark rotator nv356, but i never clean it

  40. rf cleaners says:

    nice post.

  41. Jakaria Rony says:

    thanks for your great tips, I was in a lot of trouble with it.

  42. Renée reed says:

    I can’t figure out how to remove canister

  43. Sherry Dinner says:

    Hello out there: I bought a Shark bagless vacuum after years of using a bagged vacuum. I vacuum every 2 weeks . After cleaning with the Shark I noticed a layer of dust on the black ring just under the dust bin, and some on the rest of the lower area. Is this normal? Shark offered to replace the whole thing, others say it’s normal, including my clean-freak sister-in-law.
    Thanks in advance.

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