Ed note: The following is a guest post from our good friend Jamie Chan, who does product reviews over at Top 5 Vacuums. Enjoy!
Without a bag in your vacuum cleaner, you’re probably wondering how the best way to go about getting it clean. Of course, with a plain old bagged vacuum, all you have to do is remove the bag from the canister, and empty the debris into a garbage can. But with a bagless unit, it gets a little trickier.
1. Take the entire vacuum, and bring it outside. Yep, it’s about to get a little messy. There’s no point MAKING a mess with your vacuum — it’s supposed to be doing the opposite. So please, don’t clean it inside your home; take it outside, you’ll be glad you listened.
2. Clean the dirt container. There’s probably some dirty liquid milling around in the container, if your unit has a wet/dry function. Make sure to pull that container out, and wash it real good with some warm water, getting out all of the dirty liquid.
3. Replace the filter. If it’s gotten to the point where dirt residue has built up in your vacuum, then it’s probably time for a new filter. Most people don’t actively clean or replace their filters, they simply do it when they’re no longer working. So since you’re already in the process of cleaning your entire vacuum, you might as well do the same for your filter.
And that’s pretty much it — 1, 2, 3. I own a couple of bagless vacuums myself, and this is the process I go through every time, and it’s never given me any issues.
Let me know how it works out for you in the comments!