How to remove vacuum cleaner odour

Overtime your vacuum cleaner can build up a bad odour. The last thing we want is to use an appliance that is meant to clean but results in creating a not so pleasant scent around the room.

The most common place to find a smell will either be the canister, filters, hose or brush roll.


Filters– usually 2 in a bag-less vacuum:

Pre and post motor filter

  • Stops harmful dust and particles getting into machine, which prevents bad smells circulating back into the room when the vacuum cleaner is in use.

Cleaning process for bag-less vacuum:

  • Remove pre motor housing from vacuum cleaner and take out the filter inside. Rinse filter sponge and case under cold water and leave to dry for at least 24 hours. Make sure that no moisture is left present. Remove the post motor from its compartment and clean in the same way.
  • Remove the canister and wash in warm soapy water.
  • The hose and attachments are the first parts of the vacuum to come into contact with dirt. Remove the hose completely from the body of the vacuum and clean in warm soapy water. If there are metal parts present, clean the hose and attachments with a cloth and disinfectant cleaner to avoid rusting.
  • The brush roll has a tendency to gather large amounts of hair and carpet fibres. Remove the cover for the brush roll and clean by cutting off trapped hair. Spray and wipe down with a disinfectant cleaner.

Cleaning process for bagged vacuum:

The most common reason for a bagged vacuum to create a bad odour is due to a full bag.

There are two types of bags, disposable paper and reusable plastic.

  • Make sure that you replace the bag with the correct model number type. You can find the model number on a data sticker which is usually placed somewhere on the outside of the vacuum.
  • Clean the inside of the hoover with a disinfectant cleaner.
  • Replace all of the filters.
  • Clean the hose and attachments in the same way as above.

To prevent the return of bad odours make sure that you follow the above steps every 3- 6 months (depending on how often you use your vacuum cleaner).

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