If your vacuum cleaner has really started to suck lately — and not in a good way — it could be a simple issue. Don’t run out and spend the money on a new vacuum until you’ve exhausted the possibility that yours just might be dirty. Here’s how to clean your bagless vacuum and get it running like new again. Chances are, cleaning it up will go a long way to restoring the cleaning power it once had.
1. The Dirt Bin
This is what you empty regularly anyway — or at least you should. Remove the dirt bit and empty it into the trash can, just like you normally would. Then instead of putting it back into your vacuum, take it right to the sink and wash it. If you have a larger laundry sink use that, but your kitchen sink will also do. Make sure you remove any inner containers that you can. Basically take it apart as far as it’ll go, and give every piece of it a good hot rinse. If needed, use a mild soap or all-purpose cleaner. Scrub with a rag or brush if you need to to loosen anything that’s stuck. Once it’s clean, set the bin and its parts aside to dry.