How to know when your Shark Vacuum Cleaner is in need of a cleanup?
The main indicator is always going to be the loss of power – your vacuum cleaner is not going to do as good of a job as it did before. When the filters get dirty and clogged, you will notice a significant loss of suction power. Another thing to look out for is the rotating brush on the bottom is clear of any debris and material that wrap around it over time.
Signs that your Shark Vacuum Cleaner is in need of cleaning:
- There’s a loss of suction
- The vacuum gives away an unpleasant odor
- The vacuum is not getting all the debris sucked in
- The sound the machine is producing has changed
The good news is, after you’ve cleaned out the unit, it’s going to work just fine.
How to clean the rotating brush?
The first thing you should start to clean is the rotating brush. Here are the steps you need to take:
- Unplug your vacuum (if it’s plugged in)
- Make sure the unit is on solid ground. Place a plastic bag or some cover underneath, as this process, can get somewhat dirty
- Remove any hair, fiber or debris that got stuck in the brush
Cleaning plastic filters and the dirt container
The majority of Shark vacuums use a bag-less system, which means that all of the dirt you’ve vacuumed is stored in a plastic container, which is removable for easy disposal. You should clean this area regularly, in order to avoid blockage of the filter system. Take the following steps:
- Remove the dirt container and empty the accumulated dirt into the trash
- Open the container and remove the filters
- Empty any dirt or dust particles that got through to the filter by gently tapping the filter on the side of the trash can
- Once you’ve done this, you may begin with cleaning these parts with water
- When cleaning the filter system, keep doing so, until the water comes out clean
- Allow time for all the parts to dry out completely, before putting them back into the unit, as under any circumstances you shouldn’t be using the vacuum cleaner if the parts are still wet
Cleaning the HEPA filter
HEPA filter should be cleaned on a regular basis. Most vacuum cleaners come with 2 sets of HEPA filters, enabling you to continue cleaning, even if one of the filters is out of commission. Here are the steps you should take:
- Remove the HEPA filters, which are found in the container
- Rinse the HEPA filters thoroughly, until they become clean (you may use a tad of neutral detergent to maximize the effectiveness of the cleaning process)
- Squeeze the excess water, and allow time for the filters to dry out. Please note that the drying time for HEPA filters is longer than for plastic filters
Once you’ve done all of the steps mentioned above, you’re ready to assemble your Shark Vacuum Cleaner and use it again! Here’s a great video, detailing the instructions above: