How to fix a smelly vacuum – Bagless

How to fix a smelly vacuum – Bagless

Hi, I’m Josh from eSpares. Now, if you’ve got a smelly vacuum, I’m going
to show you how to fix it and the most common places you can find the smell. The smell can
be in the canister, the filters, the hose and the brushroll. Safety first make sure you unplug your vacuum
before performing any maintenance work on it. The first thing we’re going to look at are
the filters. This Dyson DC33 has two filters a pre-motor and a post-motor and this is largely
the same for all manufacturers of bagless vacuum cleaners. The filters are designed
to perform two functions. The first is to stop harmful dust and particles from getting
into your machine and causing problems with the internal workings of it such as with the
motor. The second reason is to stop bad smells from re-circulating back into the room while
you’re using your vacuum cleaner. So, to access the pre-motor filter, realease
the housing from the vacuum cleaner- like so. Inside we find the pre-motor filter. This
comes in two parts: the filter sponge and the filter case. Most manufacturers recommend
cleaning these at least ever six months but Dyson recommends every three months. To clean
the filter sponge, simply rinse it out under cold water and give it a good squeeze to remove
any excess moisture. Similarly with the filter case, wash it under cold water and give it
a good tap to remove any trapped dirt. Then leave them both to dry for at least 24 hours
so there’s no moisture remaining. While these are designed to be washed, there will be a
time when they’ll need to be replaced altogether and here we have a replacement pre-motor filter.
Although it does look slightly different to the one that came with your machine, it performs
exactly the same function. We can replace this by simply putting it back in the housing
and replacing the housing back in your vacuum cleaner. Next we have the post-motor filter. In most
bagless vacuum cleaners the post-motor filter is usually housed near to the canister or
underneath it. In this DC33 we can access the post-motor filter by pressing this canister
release button here and removing it altogether, before lifting this catch and lifting the
lid. Underneath we have the post-motor filter. This is an all in one unit and can be cleaned
in broadly the same way as the pre-motor filter by washing it under cold water and giving
it a good tap to remove any dust and dirt before leaving it until it’s completely bone
dry. While it is designed to be washed, if it’s starting to become less effective it’s
probably a good idea to replace it with a new one. As this one’s okay, I’m going to
pop it back in. Next, we have the canister. As this is the
part of the vacuum where the dirt is stored it’s a very likely place for smells to build
up. Before you perform any cleaning on your canister, it’s a good idea to remove any electrical
or mechanical parts from it first. To separate the canister on this DC33, press the button
at the top before pressing this bin-release assembly here. The canister can be washed
in warm soapy water or sprayed and wiped down with disinfectant but if it’s really scratched
or quite old it’s probably more likely to harbour bacteria and therefore it’s a good
idea to replace it with a new one. The cyclone unit can be tapped very gently to remove any
trapped dust, you can also check any crevices for any trapped dust as well. Brush down to
clean the venting holes as much as possible. Once you’ve done this the entire unit can
be reassembled- like so- before being replaced on your Dyson. The next places we’re going to look at are
the hose and the attachments. As these are the first parts of your vacuum to come into
contact with dirt, they’re very likely places for smells to build up. Most bagless vacuum
cleaners are designed to have the hose removed- either for cleaning or replacement and on
this Dyson this is achieved by doing the following. First, press this catch on the top which pulls
the hose away from the body of the vacuum cleaner and turn it round and press this button
on the back to remove the wand from the hose. Then we can remove the canister in the usual
way, before finally pressing this little button behind to remove the hose from the body altogether. Once you’ve removed the hose and the attachments
these can be cleaned in exactly the same way as with the canister, by leaving them to soak
in some warm soapy water. However, if any of them do contain any metal parts it’s probably
a better idea to wipe them down with some disinfectant to prevent any rusting. Once
you’ve done this make sure they’re completely dry before replacing back in your machine. The final part we’re going to look at is the
brush roller. The brush roll has a tendency to gather up bits of hair and carpet fibers
which can get wrapped round it and in turn trap additional amounts of dust and dirt.
So, I’m just going to remove the cover for the brushroll by undoing these three screws
here. The best way to clean the brushroll is by cutting off any of the hair or trapped
materials which may have been wrapped around it before giving it a quick spray and a wipe
down with some disinfectant. Once you’ve done all of these things with
your vacuum cleaner there are a variety of products available to keep both your machine
and your home smelling clean and fresh. Ranging from products such as these which you place
directly in the vacuum cleaner itself to powders which you sprinkle on the carpet before you
vacuum it. eSpares stocks a range of these products as
well as spares for Dyson and a variety of other bagless vacuum models. Thanks for watching.

17 comments on “How to fix a smelly vacuum – Bagless

  1. deezelbum Post author

    Good video – thanks for the tips. I was distracted by Josh as I waited him to break into 'Always Look on The Bright Side of Life'. Looks like a young Eric Idle imho!

  2. ΔΘΛΞΠΣΦΨΩ Post author

    Hi, wondering if you could help me with my problem. I have a black &
    decker dustbuster flexi 12v and recently I rinsed the filter and didnt
    let it dry completely before putting it back into the unit. Few days later when I turn
    it on, the fan would blow a foul wet smelling odor. I removed the filter
    and soaked it in soap water but somehow the odor seeped into the motor
    and fan part.
    Is there a way for me to get rid of the odor from said motor and fan? Would be grateful if you have any solutions.

  3. Leslie Piper Post author

    Thank you, very clear, educational and even entertaining. Unfortunately I'll be doing my shopping in spain where I live.

  4. deep thinker Post author

    Vacuum up a big handful of Downy Unstopables after you empty the container. Great smelling air coming out of your vacuum!

  5. Destiny Burton Post author

    How do you recommend letting the hose dry? I know the nasty smell my vacuum is making is coming from the hose but since it has ridges(so that it can stretch) its not drying properly and the smell is getting worse. Any tips?

  6. strayiggyTV Post author

    This is an awesome video! I've salvaged 8 vacuums of various models from my towns local dump site and all of them were up in running order after a thorough cleaning and filter replacement. One way I've found to deoderize the canister is to dump a box of baking soda in it and leave it for a few days ( WRITE A NOTE SO YOU REMEMBER ITS IN THERE AND DON'T TURN ON THE VACUUM) then dump it out wipe down the canister and the smell is gone. You can also put baking soda in a hose that smells bad, leave it, and rinse it out for bad smell removal.


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