How to Clean Out a Bagless Vacuum

What You'll Need
Bagless vacuum cleaner
Vacuum cleaner user manual
Soft cloth
Soft brush

A bagless vacuum cleaner uses filters to separate dust and dirt particles from the air that is sucked in. To keep your bagless vacuum cleaner working efficiently, it is important to clean it regularly. A dirty filter can cause motor problems. If the motor dies, replacement is very costly. A simple cleaning process after a few uses will prevent all these problems.

Step 1 – Take the Vacuum Outside or to the Bathroom

A bagless vacuum cleaner holds the dirt and other particles in a container or cup. This is an advantage in the sense that you can see what the vacuum has picked up. You can retrieve something of value that ended up in the vacuum cleaner. However, this design also is a disadvantage in that, when you empty out the dirt, most of it billows around and settles in the surrounding space. Therefore, it is not advisable to clean out your bagless vacuum cleaner in an area that you have just finished cleaning.

  • Unplug the vacuum cleaner before doing any cleaning.
  • You can take the vacuum outside to an enclosed space such as a garage, so the dust does not end up in your neighbor’s yard.
  • You can also take it to the bathroom and remove the cup or container in the bath tub so any dust can be easily washed away.
  • Empty the cup or container in the trash can.
  • You can refer to the vacuum manual if in doubt about correctly opening the container.

Step 2 – Wash the Dirt Container

Some bagless vacuums offer a wet and dry function. In this case, a container may hold a dirty liquid that has been vacuumed from the floors.

  • Dispose of this liquid.
  • After the container has been emptied out, wash it thoroughly with warm water.
  • To remove stubborn dirt, use some mild soap.

Step 3 – Wash or Replace the Filter

If your vacuum cleaner has a disposable filter, keep a new one handy.

  • Remove the dirty filter and dispose of it.
  • Insert the new filter in the vacuum cleaner.

If you have a reusable filter, remove it and take it to the trash can.

  • Tap it gently against the side of the trash can.
  • Use a small, soft brush such as an old toothbrush to remove clogged dirt.
  • Consult your manual to determine if the filter is washable.

Step 4 – Dry and Replace the Filter

Air-dry the filter thoroughly before replacing it. This may take a few hours.

  • You can speed up the drying process by wiping the filter with a soft dry cloth, or using a hair dryer.
  • Make sure you replace the filter and container correctly. Replacing these items improperly can result in dirt traveling to the motor, which will cause serious damage.
  • After every use, inspect the vacuum brush and rollers to make sure they are working properly, and do not have hair or other items entangled in between.