After reading about how to clean a Roomba vacuum,
one of our readers wrote in to ask about cleaning a bagless vacuum. Thanks for the great question, Mike!
is different, so consult your owner's manual for help in locating all its filters and various dirt cups. While it's a good idea to empty your vacuum's dirt cup after every use, filters can be cleaned less often -- from every couple of weeks to monthly, depending on how often it's used.
The easiest way to keep dust from getting all over the house when you empty the dirt cup is simply to do it outside. Empty the cup into a plastic grocery bag and, while the cup still upside down in the bag, tap it gently on the ground. Use the same process for cleaning the filters.
If taking your vacuum cleaner outside is not an option, open up a large garbage bag and set the vacuum cleaner inside. Now when you remove its parts, all the dust and dirt will be trapped in the bag. Once you've finished cleaning the vacuum, empty all your home's trash cans into the bag to maximize the bag's usefulness.
Another trick to keep dust and dirt from getting on the floor while you tend to the cups and filters is to set it in a dry bathtub or shower stall. Once your done, just take out the vacuum and rinse out the tub or shower.
If, according to its owner's manual, your vacuum's dirt cups and filters can be washed then a quick rinse under warm water is generally all that's needed. Use a soft toothbrush to loosen any stubborn clumps of hair or dirt. Let everything air-dry over night and make sure all the cups and filters are very dry before replacing them since putting them back while they're still even a little damp could cause a nasty shock. If you're really in a hurry to reassemble the vacuum cleaner, use a hair dryer to hurry the process along.
Whether you empty your vacuum's dirt cups after every use or not, it's very important to ask least check the condition of the rollers every time you use it. Loose string, long hairs, and other odds and ends can become wrapped around the rollers faster than you can say "clean house." That will keep your vacuum from working efficiently so make sure to remove anything that could keep the rollers from rotating properly.
Cleaning your vacuum may seem like just another chore to add to an already overflowing list, but think of it as preventative maintenance that will keep it working well for years to come.