We rely on our bagless vacuum cleaners to keep our home clean, and even if we use them frequently we can forget to look after them. It’s especially important to clean bagless vacuum cleaners, but how do you do it? Read on for some tips.
1. Soak the filter
One of the first things that you can involves emptying the canister (where all the fluff and dust is stored). Now take the filter out and give it a good soak in some soapy water for at least half an hour. Once the filter has had a good soak, allow it to dry completely before you put it back in the vacuum cleaner. If your filter is still a little damp when you insert it into the vacuum cleaner it’s likely that it will still smell.
2. Use orange extract
A great way to freshen up your vacuum cleaner is to use a bit of orange extract to get it smelling great again. The trick is to sprinkle a few drops of the extract onto a bit of paper towel before tearing the paper towel up into small pieces. Once you’ve torn the paper towel up, vacuum it up and it will help your bagless vacuum cleaner to smell fresh once more.
If you don’t want to use orange extract or you simply don’t have it in stock you can also use ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, or even a bit of ground pot pourri! The beauty of this trick is that no matter what room you vacuum in, the extract will leave a hint of orange or vanilla behind.
3. Get rid of those pesky pet hairs!
If you have some four-legged friends living in your home, chances are that your vacuum cleaner could be slightly clogged up with pet hair. No matter how much we brush our pets in the hope that they shed less hair everywhere, they still end up leaving traces of hair behind.
If you can get access to the intake valves, you may find a few pet hairs in there. Unclogging those valves could help to freshen your vacuum cleaner up quite nicely. If you’re not sure how to get to the valves, please refer to your user manual before you do anything. If it looks like you can’t access the intake valves consider using another method to freshen up your bagless vacuum cleaner.
4. Orange peel to the rescue!
If you have used all of the above suggestions to freshen up your vacuum cleaner but there are a few unpleasant smells lingering you still have a few options to consider. One of these options involves using orange peel to breathe new life into your vacuum. Simply chop some orange peel up into small to medium size pieces and place them into the canister. The orange peel will help to block out any lingering smells whilst making your home smell nice and fresh.
5. Thoroughly clean your vacuum cleaner
Your vacuum cleaner has worked hard to keep your home clean, and now it’s your turn to keep your vacuum cleaner clean. Pour some bicarbonate of soda and water into a large bowl, take a cloth and clean every single reachable part of your vacuum with it. You may have to remove some parts of the vacuum cleaner, such as the canister and the filter so you can reach them.
The bicarbonate of soda acts as an abrasive and it will remove small bits of dirt and other particles. It’s this action that can help to get rid of any nasty smells, making your vacuum smell fresh and clean once more. Don’t forget to allow the vacuum to dry thoroughly before you put it back together as it’s likely to smell if it’s still a little damp.
By now your vacuum cleaner should be smelling nice and fresh, which means it will be more of a pleasure to use, leaving your home looking and smelling cleaner than ever before.
Top Tip! Sprinkle some carpet deodoriser on your carpet or spray some air freshener, allowing it to fall onto your carpet. Vacuum your carpet so that the air freshener or deodoriser freshens your vacuum up from the outside in!
Get into the habit of freshening up your bagless vacuum cleaner at least once a month. The more you look after it, the better your vacuum cleaner will be at looking after your home!
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