How To Clean a Vacuum Brush

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Have you ever considered that your vacuum brush may be collecting dirt? Do you want to know how to properly clean it?

A brush is a common accessory that attaches to the hose extension of most vacuum cleaners. However, the design of each model may differ. It might be circular or rectangular, for example.

The stiff and lengthy bristles are the only thing they have in common. Scrub and remove filth, hair, and tenacious dirt with the brush attachment so it can be vacuumed away.

Of course, everything that can be used to remove dirt may contain dirt as well. So, in order to avoid spreading germs and filth throughout your home, you need to understand how to clean a vacuum brush.

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Do You Need to Clean Your Vacuum Brush

Why Do You Need to Clean Your Vacuum Brush?

While I all want to believe that your houses are spotless, this isn’t always the truth. In reality, you can’t see a lot of ordinary household bacteria and microorganisms.

MRSA, E. coli 0157, norovirus, and Clostridium difficile are all examples of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

This means staying on top of domestic duties and cleaning on a regular basis is critical.

The vacuum is, of course, one of the most frequent tools you’ll use around the house. Using your vacuum brush is part of this. Dirt and bacteria can be transferred from your home’s furnishings to your brush.

Horsehair or synthetic bristles that are firm for cleaning are commonly used in brushes.

How To Clean Your Vacuum Brush

How To Clean Your Vacuum Brush

Detach Vacuum Brush

First and foremost, disconnect the brush from your vacuum. The majority of designs may be easily disconnected by twisting and pushing them away from the hose extension. There may be a button to release in some situations. Ultimately, though, it should not necessitate excessive force.

Wash Bristles

Fill your sink halfway with hot water. Add a little detergent to the water to clean the interior of the vacuum brush and the bristles.

This may assist in loosening any dirt that has clung to the plastic or bristles. You might be shocked at how much dirt comes off the vacuum brush if you haven’t cleaned it previously.

It’s ideal if the brush is completely submerged in the water. For cleaning the attachment tool, you may also use the water pressure from the faucet.

Scrub The Brush

Water alone isn’t always enough to get rid of ground-in and dried debris from the vacuum brush. These can quickly build up in hard-to-reach areas at the bristle’s base. So this is where you might have to put in a little more work.

Scrub the bristles to get rid of caked-on dirt. This will come in useful if you have an old bristle brush or a washing-up brush. Scrub it against the bristles to loosen the dirt and remove any stubborn filth.

Wipe With Vinegar

You may sterilize the vacuum brush with diluted vinegar for a more thorough clean.

Acetic acid, which is found in vinegar, is your bactericidal disinfectant. It can destroy bacteria that have clung to the brush bristles. According to studies, it can even kill Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Just be sure to dilute your vinegar mixed with water to avoid damaging the bristles. Additionally, try to stay away from any rubber parts on your vacuum brush for as long as possible. They might degrade with time.

Dry The Brush

It’s time to let the vacuum brush dry once you’ve finished cleaning. Using a handkerchief to remove excess water is an excellent option. Microfiber is an excellent material for absorbing moisture.

Water can hold up to seven times its light in this synthetic substance. As a result, it may be preferable to cotton rags or paper towels for drying the vacuum brush bristles.

Microfiber is also useful for collecting any remaining oils, grease, bacteria, or dirt particles.

To begin, wipe the bristles with a microfiber towel to eliminate any extra moisture. If you’ve used vinegar, this is a smart idea because you don’t want it to harm your surfaces.

You may also dry the brush before reconnecting it to your vacuum by placing it on a flat surface. Allow it to dry completely for one to two hours before needing it again. After you’ve cleaned the bristles with the microfiber cloth, be sure to wash it so it’ll be ready for the next time.

Separately wash the microfiber cloth. Microfiber should be washed separately from regular laundry to maintain its quality and extend its longevity.

Bleach should also be avoided since it might harm the fibers. Fabric softener should also be avoided since it includes oil, which might clog the material.

Comb Bristles

Using an old comb to remove any debris remaining stuck to your vacuum brush is an excellent idea. Even after all of the cleaning processes, hair and dirt may become tangled; a comb can help disentangle them. To complete this process, just run the comb through the bristles.

Cleaning the Vacuum Brush FAQ

Cleaning the Vacuum Brush FAQ

Bottom Line – Cleaning the Vacuum Brush

A vacuum brush comes in handy for cleaning upholstery, window sills, and other surfaces. It may, however, store dirt and bacteria just like anything else. Cleaning on a regular basis helps to keep germs at bay.

After removing it from the vacuum, wash the bristles and clean them with a different brush. To destroy any germs, just wipe them with vinegar. Simply blot it dry and comb it to ensure that all dirt has been removed.

Do you have any tips for cleaning a vacuum brush effectively? Let me know in the comments section below!

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