How To Clean A Shark Vacuum And Its Filters

By Gladys K. Connelly Updated December 19, 2020

Clean your shark vacuum to maintain its incredible suction quality

How To Clean A Shark Vacuum And Its Filters

Is your shark vacuum giving you less suction?

Before you freak out and call the repair company, let me assure you it’s not broken. In most cases, the vacuum simply requires proper cleaning.

How do you clean a shark vacuum and its filters?

The process is straightforward. You just need to know the basic dos and don’ts.

In this article, you’ll learn:

So, if you’re ready to go, let’s dive right in!

Table of Contents

How Often Should You Clean A Shark Vacuum?

Shark vacuums are known for their cutting-edge, ultra-powerful suction. If the suction loses its quality after a while, it won’t pick up dirt and debris like it used to.

However, as I said, you don’t need to jump the gun and buy a new vacuum. According to Consumer Report, most vacuums last up to eight years.

If it hasn’t been that long, simply check whether it’s time for a cleaning.

Here are the signs that show your shark vacuum needs a cleaning:

So, if your vacuum shows any of the signs above, you should get ready to clean it. How often this happens depends on a few things.

According to the manufacture and the owner’s manual, Shark vacuums require regular cleaning every three months or so.

However, the manual also says that if you live in a large house with multiple rooms, you may need to clean it more often.

The same goes for people who live in highly dust-prone areas or with pets and children. If that’s the case, it’s better to clean the vacuum cleaner monthly.

How To Clean Shark Vacuum?

Now, let’s see how you can clean a shark vacuum. As mentioned, the process is straightforward. You have to start by consulting your owner manual.

Why? Well, the disassembling process differs between different Shark models. The removable parts are never in the same place.

So, always check the manual to see how to take out each component safely. If you don’t have your manual, you can call the Shark customer support service.

Once that’s done, you can gather everything you need.

What You’ll Need

1. Remove Any Obvious Obstructions

After you’ve disassembled the vacuum, remove any obvious obstructions. This includes any long hair, dust bunnies, strings, gravel pieces, and so on.

These obstructions may be hindering the movement of the vacuum. Therefore, it’s essential to get them out.

However, if these obstructions are wound around something such as the roller brush, leave them be. You’ll get to that later.

2. Empty The Dirt Canister

Secondly, you must empty the dirt canister. This step is easy enough, but just make sure you toss the trash in a disposable bag. You don’t want the dirt and debris getting everywhere.

Once you’ve done this, soak the canister in warm soapy water. If there’s dirt caked on its sides, leave the canister in water for at least 10 to 15 minutes.

After this, wipe the canister with a soft cloth, making sure all dirt is gone. Rinse the cartridge in cold water and leave in a well-ventilated room.

Make sure the canister is completely dry before you put it back in the vacuum.

3. Clean Or Replace The Filters

Now, it’s time for the filters. If you’ve removed the canister, the filters should be visible.

However, before you remove them, check what type of filters you have. Shark vacuums either use felt filters or foam filters.

For foam filters, follow these three steps:

Felt filters are easy to damage, so you shouldn’t wash them. Instead, tap them gently with a brush and wipe off the dirt that comes out.

If the filters look worn out, it’s time to replace it. HEPA filters are very resilient and typically last for one to two years. If a lot of time has passed, buy a new filter from the Shark website. However, make sure the filter matches your Shark model.

Replacing filters is no trouble. You just have to take out the older filters and wipe the inner surface with a cloth (to remove leftover dirt and dust). Afterward, simply insert the new filters.

4. Snip Debris From The Rotating Brush

In this step, remove the rotating brush head and use scissors to snip off any debris clinging to it.

This is a straightforward task. However, make sure to be gentle. You don’t want to snip off the bristles with the debris.

Once you’re done, soak the brush in water and use a soft-bristled brush to scrub the bristles clean.

5. Unclog The Hose

As mentioned, a clogged hose is a classic sign your vacuum needs cleaning. You don’t have to worry, though.

A hose is easy to unclog. Use the end of the toothbrush to push the debris out. You have to carefully check each end to see whether you got everything out. If not, give the hose a good shake.

However, there’s an extra step. Hoses tend to trap bad odors. For this, mix two cups of vinegar with three tablespoons of baking soda and pour it into the hose a few times. In this way, you’ll remove the odor as well as leftover dirt and debris.

Afterward, run hot water down the hose for final rinsing.

6. Clean The Floor Nozzle

In this step, clean the floor nozzle in the same way as the central hose.

7. Reassemble The Vacuum

Now, everything’s clean, and you have a fresh Shark vacuum. Make sure to leave all items to dry for at least 24 hours before reassembling the vacuum.

For the reassembly, simply follow the owner’s manual. The process is the same as the disassembly, except it’s in reverse.

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Tips And Warnings

If you’ve gone through my step-by-step guide on cleaning vacuums, it’s time for the dos and don’ts.

Follow these tips and warnings to effectively and safely clean your Shark vacuums.

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Do Use a Scented Insert for Fresher Smells

If you’re sensitive to smell, especially if you have pets or children, inserting a scented tab is an excellent idea. Scented tabs are readily available in your nearest department stores.

You can pick your favorite scents, and the vacuum will infuse the smell in the carpets and air.

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Do Wear Dust Masks if You’re Allergic or Dust-Sensitive

Secondly, when cleaning a vacuum cleaner, a lot of dust, pollen, and pet dander are released into the air. This is dangerous for people with allergies and inflammatory conditions, such as asthma.

Therefore, it’s essential to wear a mask while cleaning a Shark vacuum.

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Don’t Forget to Wear Gloves

Vacuums are either corded or battery-operated. Either way, when you’re disassembling everything (with potentially wet hands), you should wear gloves to prevent getting shocked.
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Don’t Re-Insert Parts If They’re Still Wet

As mentioned, vacuums are electrical devices. If you place wet parts inside, it may be dangerous. Moreover, it may also damage the vacuum by causing short-circuiting.

Now It’s Your Turn…

I hope you found this step-by-step guide on how to clean a shark vacuum and its filter helpful. 

Let me know by leaving a comment down below.

About the Author

Gladys K. Connelly

As a HouseKeeping Technical Writer, Gladys actively enjoys writing guides and tips about housekeeping for Thehousewire's audience. She's a housekeeping specialist with just shy of 9 years' experience to boast. That, combined with seven years prior experience in teaching, helps her create content that is both captivating and insightful.

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