The bagless canister vacuum cleaner uses a set of filter that helps in separating the dirt and dust particles that the vacuum sucks in. This way your bagless canister vacuum cleaner needs to work efficiently, so it’s equally important you clean and maintain it regularly. Because if you don’t clean it regularly, it may result in a dirty filter, and a dirty filter can cause complications in the vacuum’s motor.
The motor of your bagless vacuum should be taken seriously because, if the motor dies eventually replacing it can be very costly. This is why a simple cleaning process is very much important.
In order to clean your bagless canister vacuum cleaner, there are certain tools you would need for this cleaning task. Gathering these supplies would be the first step to cleaning your bagless canister vacuum.
Steps to Cleaning your Bagless Canister Vacuum Cleaner
First  Step: Gather all the necessary tools
The tools listed below are paramount to the cleaning task
• Dry cloth
• Washing soap
• Elbow grease for lubrication
• New filter (optional)
• Small brush
• The manufacturer’s manual
Second  Step: Unplug your vacuum and set for cleaning
Normally bagless canister vacuum cleaner stores the dirt particles and other debris in a cup-like container. This is really helpful in the sense that, whatever the vacuum sucks in you can easily see. This means if you vacuumed something of importance mistakenly, you can retrieve it easily.
Although this design has its advantage, it also has its disadvantages, the problem arises when you want to dispose of the dirt, a great percent of it goes back into your surroundings and settles, this can be terrible for your home, especially asthma or allergy victims. This is why I do not recommend you clean your bagless canister vacuum cleaner where you just finished cleaning.
You should take it to an open space, your garage is preferable. Or your bathroom, this way you can remove the cup-like container in your bathtub and wash it easily
You should have unplugged your vacuum before even starting, because of electricity damage.
Third  Step: Remove the necessary parts
To start what you’d do is simply removing all the part that can be washed and replaced in your bagless canister vacuum cleaner. This can be applied to any model that comes with the cup-like container, the pre-motor filter, HEPA post-motor filter, and other necessary attachments.
Fourth  Step: Wash the dirt (cup-like) container
If your bagless canister vacuum cleaner offers a dry and wet function, then it means the container can hold dirty liquid vacuumed from the floor surface.
To clean the dirt container simply do the following:
• First and foremost, dispose of the liquid from the container.
• After disposing of the liquid from the container, wash it thoroughly with lukewarm water.
• If you find any stubborn stain on your container still, you can use some soap with water to wash it properly.
Fifth  Step: Wash every other part attached to your vacuum
So after washing the container, the next thing you can do is to remove every part in your bagless canister vacuum cleaner that can be washed, (if you’re not sure of the parts, you can consult your manufacturer’s manual) into a sink filled with soapy water. Most parts of your bagless canister vacuum cleaner can be washed with soap and water. Although there are parts that can only be wiped with a dry cloth (please consult your manual for these parts).
Sixth  Step: Wash or replace the filters
Do you use a disposable filter? If you use one, then you should have one set for replacement. To replace your filter, you simply do the following:
• Remove the old filter and dispose of it, don’t leave in your house especially if you own pets.
• Then insert the new filter in your bagless canister vacuum cleaner.
But if you use a reusable filter, then you can easily clean and reuse it. To do that, simply follow the steps below:
• Remove the filter then take it to the trash can and tap it gently inside the trash can, so all the dirt particles leave the filter.
• Then you use a small brush, to remove stubborn dirt that might have been clogged.
Note: Before you start cleaning your filter, please consult your manual to be sure it is reusable. If not, you should replace your filter every 6 months.
Seventh  Step: Dry the filter before placing it back in your vacuum
Before placing the filter back in your vacuum, please ensure you dry the filter thoroughly. It can take some time before it dries completely, probably in little time. There are ways you can speed up the drying process
• To hasten the drying process, you can wipe the filter with a soft cloth, or better still you can use a hair dryer (if you have one).
• After the filter gets dried, ensure you replace the filter and cup-like container properly. Because if you put these items the wrong way, it may cause the dirt piling up in the motor region, which can cause serious damage.
• After cleaning, endeavor to check the vacuum rollers and brush to be sure they are working perfectly, if you notice stands of hair entangled, quickly remove it.
Eight  Step: Dust the inside components of the vacuum
One other disadvantage of owning a bagless canister vacuum is that the cup-like dust bag isn’t sealed most times, this means the inner components of the vacuum would always get dusty.
Although there’s a way out of this mess, don’t think only using a dust cloth would do the work. If you really want to get rid of the dust, you need a good push of compressed air on the components involved.
A word of caution: This method can trigger the dust particles flying around, which isn’t good for allergy or asthma victims, the dust particles can also settle on the furniture nearby.
So to use this method safely you would have to do this outside. If you remember it’s one of the initial steps required.
Note: You should do this method fast because your cup-like container can get cold fast if exposed to air for a long time. You don’t want your waste container getting cold.
Ninth  Step: Reassemble all the parts together
Now you have finished cleaning all the parts it’s time you reassemble them back together.
After you reassemble your vacuum, I recommend you clean the outer part of your vacuum, and you’re set. Now you can clean your home!
Did you enjoy this post? If you follow the steps explained above you should have no problem cleaning your bagless canister vacuum cleaner.
Regular checkup and maintenance on your bagless canister vacuum cleaner keeps it in a perfect condition, gives it an excellent suction power and prolong its operating life. I recommend you clean your vacuum and its parts at least every 6 months in a year. This depends on how frequent you clean with it.
For little safety, form the habit of checking major parts in your vacuum, like, the drive belt, rotating brush and especially the hose. A clogged hose can cause your vacuum to malfunction.
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