How to Unclog a Vacuum Cleaner

how to unclog a vacuum cleanerA blockage is a very common problem for vacuum cleaner users, to be honest, it is so easy and I’ll show you how to unclog a vacuum cleaner. It can happen very easily and very frequently if you are not careful. To prevent any type of clogs in the vacuum cleaner you need to always check the floor before starting the vacuum. If there is big debris that can get clogged into the hose pipe or the vacuum unit, always remove it from the floor before vacuuming, just a quick sweep will do.

Instead of being careful, a clog of dust and dirt can develop in your vacuum cleaner. A developed clog will drastically decrease the suction power of the vacuum cleaner. Here are the ways of how to unclog a vacuum cleaner.

How to Unclog a Vacuum Cleaner

Before going to do the job, use gloves and masks if needed. If you are an allergy patient, make sure you use a proper mask, because the task will reveal a lot of dust in the air surrounding you.

Do not open your vacuum cleaner in your house, especially over a carpet. Make sure you are outside or somewhere, that won’t be a problem when it gets messy with dirt.

Clog in the Hose:

Hosepipe of the vacuum is the most common place where clog usually occurs. Small debris like Christmas tree leaves or birthday decorations can also get stuck inside it and ultimately end up as a big chunk of dirt over time. To clean the clog of the hose you can use a broomstick, just push the stick inside the hose to unclog it.

For efficient cleaning, you can tie a cotton fabric on the stick and try to clean the hose with it. Make sure you tie the fabric properly so that it does not get clogged inside the hose itself.

Once you think you have unclogged it put a coin on one side of the hose and try to roll it out of the other side. This is how you can be sure that the vacuum hose is completely unclogged.

Clog in the Hose Entrance:

Check if there is anything tangled in the mouth of the vacuum where the hose connects. If the dirt cup or the bag is full, the dust can get clogged in it. For clearing that clog, you need to bring out the bag or dirt cup and empty it.

Sometimes, dust can get stuck and create a chunk of dirt on the entrance of the hose, you can use a dry toothbrush to loosen that dirt and clean it properly.

If you use water to clean the hose or the dust container, leave it for a good amount of time and let it dry. Never put a wet part into the vacuum to start the work. It will ruin your vacuum by causing corrosion or damp fungus.

Clog in the Brush Roll:

A clogged brush roll is also a common issue for those who have pets in their house. A clogged brush roll is not only disgusting to clean, but also can be very dangerous for your vacuum cleaner.

Tangled hair can prevent the vacuum brush roll to spin properly. Which can ultimately overheat your vacuum cleaner and stop the vacuum to run properly? Tangled hair can also catch up germs from the dust. So, the germs that could have been straight to the dust cup or vacuum bag, tangles with the hair and eventually comes out when you are done the vacuuming.

To clean the clog on the brush roll you need a pair of scissors, a fresh cloth, and some rubbing alcohol. Cut the tangled hair from the brush roll carefully. Make sure you do not harm the bristles of the brush roll. Now pull of the hair and dirt out of the brush roll. After pulling off all the dirt clean it with the fresh cloth. You can use rubbing alcohol to give it a good finish.

After you finish unclogging the vacuum parts, assemble the vacuum cleaner, and test the suction. If you have properly cleaned out the clog then you’ll see a change in suction. The suction power increases again and lets you know that you have done the job.

How to keep your vacuum unclogged:

A regular cleaning like this will prevent to occur any kind of blockage or clog inside the vacuum cleaner. To efficiently use the vacuum without causing any clog, here are few tips to follow.

  • Prepare your room before you start to vacuum. Small objects like coins, toys, marbles, socks, a piece of cloths, etc. should be removed from the floor prior to the vacuuming. These may seem very un-harmful to you, but it can completely ruin a new vacuum cleaner by getting stuck in the wrong place.
  • Never vacuum a surface containing big debris like chocolate packages, paper, pins, stones, or big pieces of broken glass. These types of big debris are very easy to get clogged and efficient to ruin your vacuum’s motor by getting stuck anywhere it likes.
  • To avoid a lot of tangled hair in the brush roll, either you can go for a tangle-free brush roll that does not let the hair get stuck in the brush, or clean the brush roll regularly. If you have a dog with long hair, clean the hair out of the brush roll after every use or at least after every two uses.
  • Always clean up your vacuum bag or the dust cup before it is three fourths full. Never use a bag more than its lifespan. Replace or wash the bag properly as mentioned in the manual.
  • Never run water into the vacuum cleaner’s main unit. No matter who tells you what, never use running water to clean your vacuum cleaners clog. Unless you want to clean the plastic hose or an extension plastic pipe of the vacuum with it.

Following these simple steps can get rid of clog inside a vacuum cleaner. By maintaining and using a vacuum properly, you can increase the lifespan of your vacuum cleaner.