How to clean a vacuum brush?

How to clean a vacuum brush?

Even the best vacuums can collect dust and debris inside the bristles, and these particles can affect the cleaning quality of your vacuum. As they accumulate, the effectiveness of your vacuum can go down, and it may take a lot longer to clean surfaces than it did when you first got your vacuum.

Because of this, it’s important to clean your vacuum’s brush regularly. This can seem like an overwhelming task, but it’s actually very easy.

How to Clean a Vacuum Brush

  1. Removed the trapped hair. No matter what, you’ll probably have hair in your vacuum, and it has to be removed first. Depending on how tightly packed the bristles are, you can start with a fine-tooth comb or a seam ripper. If you’re using a seam ripper, then you do it just like you’re cutting threads until you can remove the trimmed hairs easily.
  2. Comb the bristles. Once the hair has been removed, you can comb the bristles with a fine-tooth comb to remove any other large chunks of dirt, lint, or debris. This step can be skipped if you find that you removed the majority of debris when you removed the hair.
  3. Wash with soap and water. Finally, it’s time to wash the brush with soap and water. If you’re able to remove the brush from your vacuum attachment, then you can completely submerge it in water and give it a good scrub. If you can’t remove it from the vacuum or you don’t feel comfortable removing it, then you can use a damp cloth to wipe each row of bristles individually until they are clean.


When the bristles have dried, you can reassemble your vacuum cleaner, and it should work as good as new. There is no hard-and-fast rule about how often you should wash your vacuum’s brush, but if you see a decline in the quality of your vacuum, then it may be time to give it a good clean.

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