How To Clean a Vacuum Brush

By Jeneva Aaron Updated December 20, 2020

What to do when cleaning your roller brush

How To Clean a Vacuum Brush

This is a step by step guide on how to clean your vacuum brush.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to:

In short: if you’re curious about the complete process (and do not want to do any mistakes like damaging your vacuum), you’ll love my guide.

Let’s get started.


Steps on cleaning your vacuum brush.

In this section, I’ll show you the steps to take when cleaning your vacuum brush.

1.Dismantle the Vacuum Brush

Start by removing the brush from the vacuum cleaner.

You can do this by turning over your vacuum cleaner while you unscrewed your vacuum brush. Next, you can pull out the vacuum brush. One end of the roller brush to pop out first, then the other would follow through.

However, several designed models can easily be disconnected by turning and pulling them out of the hose extension. In many other models, you can simply remove the brush with the push of a button.

Ultimately, it shouldn’t need so much exertion.

2.Take out the hairs, dust, and debris.

The brush is now out, and most have some hair or debris in it. To get the hair out, get yourself a seam ripper or scissors to cut out the hair.

By the way, if you need do not have a seam ripper or scissors, you can use your fingers. Keep pulling out until the roller brush is free from hair and debris.

Taking out the hair and debris might take a bulk of your time, but it is required to achieve the next step.

3.Clean out the bristles and brush

Here, you are to get some warm water into the sink. To wash the interior compartments of your bristles and vacuum brush, add a tender detergent for a soapy solution.

This should help ease any debris that is stuck onto the plastic or bristles. If you have never tried cleaning your vacuum brush before, then be sure you are in for a lot of dirt.

It is advised that you immerse the brush into the soapy solution. As an option, you can exploit the pressurized water coming from the tap to cleanse the other accessories.

For roller brush designs that are non-tolerant to water, it can be quite tricky. Instead of immersing in water, I’d recommend you get a cleaning cloth. Preferably, a damp microfiber material would do the trick.

4.Scour with a Brush

Sometimes, water just isn’t sufficient to do the job. Some of the caked in and dry dirt still lingers on your vacuum cleaner. This dirt has a way of attaching themselves to unreachable spots at the bottom of your bristles.

So, to achieve the goal of this step, you may be required to exert more effort.

However, try scrubbing the roller brush to remove hair and debris. If you have an old cleaning brush stored somewhere, they could save the day. Use it in scrubbing against your bristles to ease the debris and eliminate any filth left.

5.Wipe with deconcentrated vinegar

The Harvard’s School of Public Health, recommends the Vinegar as a solution that can play the role of both a food ingredient and a regular cleaning agent. So yeah, for your vacuum cleaner, I’d suggest you consider adding some deconcentrated vinegar when cleaning the brush.

However, just ensure you add some water to the vinegar solution to prevent it from damaging the bristles. To be clear, try you not to leave it for a lengthy period in contact with any plastic parts of your vacuum cleaner. They might develop fault over time.

6.Let it out to dry

Consequently, once the cleaning process is done, you should let that roller brush out to dry.

You might be wondering how to remove the excess water.

Well, find fabric!

Microfiber is a material I’d recommended for taking in water.

The synthetic component of the Microfiber cloth can contain way more than its size in water. This makes it way better for cleaning water from your vacuum cleaner bristles than regular cleaning cloths or rags.

Furthermore, Microfiber fabrics are also great for apprehending germs, grease, oil, and dirt particles that could still be present on your roller brush.

To finish up your cleaning, sweep the microfiber fabric across the bristles to dry up excess water. This is quite dire if you used vinegar while cleaning the brush, as you don’t want any residue ruining your vacuum cleaner.

For a good reason, you can leave the vacuum brush on a platform to dry out before reinstalling it to your vacuum cleaner. I recommend you leave it for at least 24 hours.

6.Use a Seam Ripper on the Bristles

An advisable way to eradicate any form of dirt still glued to your roller brush is by using a comb or seam ripper.

Any hair or debris still left at this stage should not be as much when you started.

To remove hair and debris that may be glued despite all you have cleaned, put your seam ripper to it. The seam ripper is sharp enough to go into those tiny places in your roller brush that no one else can go. If they are only tangled up then you might go for a comb through.

Tips and Warning

Here, I’ll show you what to consider during and after cleaning your vacuum brush.

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  • Always check how the vacuum brush was placed when dismantling it. It is important to remember its position when you are reassembling.
  • If your vacuum brush has screws, ensure you keep them in one place. You can find a small bowl to contain them all.
  • Ensure your vinegar solution is diluted as it could damage any plastic parts of your vacuum brush. Even when diluted, do not leave for too long.
  • After cleaning, remember to wash the microfiber material after use, as it might come in handy some other time. Also, endeavor you wash it separately from another laundry, to sustain its quality and extend its life span. Washing them separately will preserve its quality and extend its usage time.
  • Avoid using bleach as it has a reputation for running microfiber fabrics. You also want to stay away from fabric softeners as they contain oil that can clog the material. For more on this, check our article on How to Clean Your Cleaning Supplies.

Now it’s your turn…

I hope you enjoyed my guide on how to clean your roller brush.

Now, I’d like to hear your opinions:

Did you encounter any issues while cleaning your vacuum brush?

Are there steps you weren’t clear about?

Either way, share your thoughts with me in the comment section.

About the Author

Jeneva Aaron

Jeneva has over years of passion for home decorating and cleaning. She is the founder and CEO of where she provides honest and objective reviews on home and cleaning products.

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