Imagine all the dirt, dust, hair and debris your vacuum brush picks up every time you use it… Better not to think about it, right?
Well, it’s no secret that brushes need to be cleaned regularly. Especially if you want your vacuum to work correctly and not spread all over your house again all the germs you’ve picked up before.
Now, while cleaning the canister o replacing a vacuum bag is widely know, many of us struggle with the vacuum brush. How do you do it? Can you remove it? Can you wash it?
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Continue reading to learn how to clean a vacuum brush in no time. And if you're interested, here are a couple of posts that could be helpful to you too:
You probably already know this, but just to clear things out… when I talk about the vacuum brush a mean the attachment that goes on the end of the hose and has stiff and long bristles. Its main purpose is to scrub and loosen all the dirt and grime that’s stuck in your carpets and rugs, making it easier for the vacuum to suck it all up.
But I also refer to the other attachments that come with your vacuum cleaner that have bristles but have their specific function for removing pet hair or to clean your upholstery.
You need to keep them all clean and in good conditions. So all the tips you have hear apply to all.
Now, some people may think their homes are pretty clean but even if their brushes don’t have hair tangled all around, they need to be regularly cleaned.
Brushes don’t only pick up hair. As I said before, they also pick up dirt and germs you can’t see when scrubbing the floors.
That’s why it’s so important for you to keep your vacuum brush clean. Even if it doesn’t seem like it might need some cleaning.
You might think you’ve got it all covered with some scissors but the truth is, sometimes the hair gets too tangled and getting those scissors into some places might be a bit tricky…
So, here’s the one tool that will definitely make your life easier when cleaning your vacuum brush: a seam ripper.
You’ve heard it! And it only cost like 5 bucks on Amazon. See it for yourself:
And how does it work? Well, you just have to introduce it slowly in the tangled hair and debris and pull it out.
But don’t start yet! Follow the steps described below to leave your vacuum brush looking brand new and clean.
Cleaning your vacuum brush on a regular basis will keep your house all clean and hygienic.
See how easy it is to get it done with these steps!
Safety always comes first.
Keep a bin near you to throw all the excess of dirt and hair. This way you’ll avoid leaving it laying around your house again.
Now, this may be easy or difficult depending on the model of vacuum you have. Here are some options (remember how you pulled it off to place it back again correctly!):
- You can simply take it out by twisting and pulling it off the hose extension.
- You have to press a button that will leave the brush free to be pulled out.
- You’ll need a screw driver to remove all the screws. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to remove a plate and then you’ll be able to take the brush out.
Keep all the screws together. You don’t want to lose them!
Hold the brush firmly with one hand and with the other use the seam ripper to pull the hair away section by section. Be sure to make the movements away from your body.
Make your way through all the layers until you get to the end and touch the roller.
You’ll need to grasp and pull from the cut end of the hair to untangle it from the brush. Try to remove as much dirt as possible all along the process.
For extra cleaning, pop the ends of the roller brush (if your vacuum model allows it) and remove the extra hair that might have gotten stuck there.
Once you’ve removed all the dirt and debris you could, it’s time to wash it.
Use a bucket and fill it with warm water and mild soap. Take another hard bristle brush and sink it in the water and use it to scrub the vacuum brush you’re holding on the other hand. Make sure you get deep down into the vacuum brush.
Once you feel like all the dirt and grime is gone, take the vacuum brush to the sink and rinse off the excess of soap under cold water.
If you want to extra sanitize it use diluted vinegar (to avoid damaging the bristles and plastic) to clean it.
Tap the brush bristles on a hard surface remove the excess of water and use a cloth to a absorb the remaining moisture. Paper towels will only get your vacuum brush dirty again.
Let it rest on a surface for at least 4 to 5 hours to make sure it dries completely.
Now, this is optional but combing the bristles once they dry helps to remove any dirt and debris that might have made it through the whole process.
You’ve made it!
You just need to place the vacuum brush back where it belongs!
Before doing so, take a damp paper towel and clean the surface where the brush goes.
Now take the brush and orient it the same way it was before when pulling it out (that’s why I told you to remember how you did it!). And repeat the process you followed but this time, the other way around.
And you’re done!
We sometimes forget how important it is to keep our vacuum brush all clean. We roll it all over our carpets, upholstery… and maybe we don’t realize we haven’t cleaned it in a long time. So mage all the dirt and germs that you might be spreading all over your house again!
Regular cleaning of your vacuum brush will prevent this from happening. And will most certainly keep your vacuum cleaner safe form other types of problems too.
My name is Mary and I'm a mother of 3! I worked for a big company for 10 years until I decided to stay at home to take care of my family. Every since cleaning has become sort of my hobby and profession at the same time. I write about vacuum cleaners, steam cleaners, etc. I just find it a lot of fun!