Unclog the hose to improve suction
Like any other appliance in your home, a vacuum cleaner also requires regular maintenance to perform well. If neglected for too long, a vacuum might lose its suction or stop working altogether.
To prevent that, you must learn how to clean a vacuum hose as that’s the central part of the vac coming in direct contact with the dirt and debris. If you don’t clean or unclog it regularly, the hose is likely to become blocked and malfunction.
If you want to clean your home efficiently, and increase the vac’s lifespan, follow the hose cleaning guide below.
Depending on the frequency of use, you must clean the hose at least once a month. If you’ve recently used the vacuum cleaner for deep cleaning the entire home, it’s time to unclog the hose because it’s pretty messy in there.
During my housekeeping supervision days at a hotel, I instructed my team to clean the hose every two to three weeks because the vacuum cleaners were used regularly in the hotel rooms. However, if you only use your vac occasionally, you can clean the hose every two months.
Even better, check the hose manually to determine if it is clogged. The following signs indicate that your vacuum cleaner hose is in dire need of cleaning.
The most obvious sign of the hose being clogged is the loss of suction. If there are furballs or bigger dirt particles stuck in the hose’s tube, there will be a significant drop in air movement.
Also, your vacuum cleaner might start blowing out dust. If this happens, clean the hose immediately.
Secondly, bad odor is an indicator of a clogged hose. As dirt and food crumbs go up the vacuum cleaner, they may block the tube. Over time, they accumulate in the constrained space and start rotting.
That’s when the hose begins to give off a nasty odor, signaling that it’s time to get your cleaning gloves on.
However, none of these problems mean that you need to replace the hose. A simple cleaning can make it as good as new. The hose only needs replacement if there’s a rip or hole in the tube, causing air leakage.
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Now that you know the signs of a clogged hose, let’s talk about the cleaning process.
Here are the supplies you’ll need to unclog and clean the vacuum hose.
For most vacs, you have to twist the hose, and it will come apart. Some others have a button that needs to be pressed to detach the hose from the main unit.
Do not apply excessive force or pressure on the hose. That’s one thing I always told my recruits at the hotel. If disassembling something from the vacuum requires force, you’re probably doing it wrong.
That’s because vacs are designed to be easily assembled and disassembled. Thus, if you’re handling any part of the vacuum roughly, it can break apart.
Alternatively, you can use a broom handle to get rid of hair clogs and larger debris particles. Remember to be gentle, or you’ll end up ripping a hole in the hose tube with the hanger.
If the sink is too small, move the hose around to ensure that the water reaches inside the tube. Use a damp cloth to remove any visible dirt or hair you see in the accessible parts of the hose.
Do not use harsh cleaning chemicals as the hose tubing cannot withstand them. If you don’t have dish soap, use a mild detergent instead.
Make a solution with two cups of vinegar and a liter of water. Then, add half a cup of baking soda to the mix and stir the solution to dissolve the powder completely.
Pour this solution through the length of the hose. Don’t worry if there’s fizzing – that’s just the baking soda and vinegar’s acetic acid (2) in action.
The bristles on a bottle cleaning brush are thin and long, making them perfect for removing grime or dirt lingering in the tube’s folds.
Again, don’t scrub too forcefully, or you may cause a rip in the hose.
Before letting the water run out from the other side of the tube, shake it around to gather all the dirt inside the hose.
When dry, attach the hose back to the vac’s body. Turn the vacuum cleaner on, and you’ll notice an evident difference in the air movement.
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While a malfunctioning vacuum cleaner doesn’t always mean that the hose is clogged, it’s one of the possible causes. Thus, you should know how to clean a vacuum hose so that you don’t have to pay professional cleaners for something that you can do at home for free.
In this guide, I discussed an easy step by step method for cleaning your vacuum hose. Although not necessary, you can sanitize the tube using baking soda and vinegar.
More importantly, replace the vacuum hose if it’s damaged because no amount of cleaning will make it work any better. Now, it’s time for you to follow this guide and tell me:
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