How to clean a vacuum hose

Tips on how to clean a vacuum hose.

All the dirt and debris that your vacuum cleaner sucks up first travels through the hose, so it’s normal for it to collect and gather all types of dirt. Cleaning out your vacuum hose from time to time is therefore strongly recommended and vital for your vacuum cleaner to function as it should. Here we will show you how to do just that.

Topics covered
  • How do you know when it’s time for a clean?
  • How to clean a vacuum hose step by step
  • How often should you clean your vacuum hose?




How do you know when it’s time for a clean?

Several tell-tale signs will serve as a clear indication that it’s time for a clean. It’s important not to ignore any of these following signs because doing so could cause damage to the vacuum motor.

Loss of suction power: If your vacuum cleaner suddenly loses suction power then it could mean that the hose has become clogged. There are other reasons for a loss of power too such as an air leak from a rip or a hole in the actual hose itself.

Bad smells: If there is an odor coming from the hose, then it’s more than likely that old rotting food has become stuck in it – all the more reason for cleaning!

Noisy motor: If you notice the motor making more noise than usual, or if it’s blowing out dust then it’s almost guaranteed to be because of a blockage in the hose. Another possible reason could be that the vacuum filters are too dirty and need to be cleaned out or replaced.


How to clean a vacuum hose step by step

Ready to clean your vacuum hose?

What you will need: A broomstick, gloves, dishwashing liquid, white vinegar, baking soda, and a long bottle brush.

Step 1: Unplug and detach

Unplug and detach the hose from the vacuum cleaner.

Step 2: Unblock

Hold the hose out straight and do a visual inspection. You are more than likely to see all kinds of dirt, hair, etc, but what you’re looking for is anything large like a sock that is causing a major blockage. If there are no large blockages, proceed to step 3.

If there is a blockage, you will have to remove it by sticking something like a broom handle in there so that you can push it out.

Step 3: Wash

Now for the fun part – washing! Either fill your kitchen sink or a wide low bucket with about 4 to 5 inches of warm water.

You will have several options for your main cleaning detergent. Many will recommend bleach, which is perfectly fine, as it kills all known bacteria and viruses. But its only drawback is its toxicity and corrosiveness. If you opt to use bleach then be sure to not mix anything else with it because it can create toxic fumes.

A far better method is a combination of white vinegar and baking soda. Vinegar does a great job at killing bacteria and viruses while cleaning and the baking soda, not only strengthens the cleaning power of the vinegar but also deodorizes and eliminates bad odors coming from the vacuum hose.

Pour one cup of white vinegar into the sink/bucket and half a cup of baking soda. Add a couple of squirts of dishwashing liquid for good measure. Swirl it all around so that everything mixes properly.

Now place the vacuum hose inside the mixture and allow it to run through the length of the hose. Next, take a bottle brush and stick it as far as it can go while thoroughly brushing – on both ends.

Step 4: Dry

Ensuring that your vacuum hose is 100% dry is important before using it again. Using it while wet will cause dirt and dust to stick to the house – the very thing you don’t want.

To dry it properly, just hang the hose from somewhere for a couple of hours.


How often should you clean your vacuum hose?

It all depends on how frequently you vacuum. If you vacuum once or twice a week, then a monthly clean will be sufficient. However, do not wait until it starts stinking or getting clogged.




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