Cleaning our houses can be hectic at times more so when cleaning end corners that can’t be reached easily. This is the reason vacuum cleaners are equipped with hose, which allows homeowners to clean places that are hard to reach. Being the pathway through which debris and dirt pass through, the hose of the vacuum is prone to blockages. And it goes without saying that any obstacle in the hose will significantly affect the vacuum’s performance. Cleaning a vacuum hose keeps it operating at its best.
Speaking of best, Shark vacuum is one of the best cleaners in the market. It offers diverse and good models at a reasonable price. However, if you don’t keep the machine clean, even the best can lose its touch. And we have already established how important of a role the hose plays in cleaning. So if your hose is clogged and you are having trouble cleaning the house as well as don’t know how to clean the hose, we are here to help. Continue reading to learn how to clean Shark vacuum hose.
Few things you will need
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Mild dish soap/detergent
- Both scrubber
Signs your Shark vacuum’s hose needs cleaning
Few good indications that your vacuum’s hose is clogged are:
- Losing the suction power
- Dust blowing out of your vacuum
- A flaming smell caused by an overworked motor
- Have trouble picking up dirt and debris
- The vacuum makes a dragging sound like it is out of air
- If you use the vacuum on hardwood floor, you may see some scratches due to the loss of suction
- And of course, the vacuum won’t be as effective at getting the job done as before.
To verify your doubt, you can unclip the hose from the attachment, hold it upright and drop a coin, a stone or any solid objects into it. If it doesn’t come out from the other side, your vacuum’s hose is clogged and vice versa.
Actually, you shouldn’t wait for these signs to clean the hose, the earlier you do it, the better for the performance and lifespan of your Shark vacuum.
Here is Step-by-step guide how to clean Shark vacuum hose:
Step – 1: Disconnect the Hose from the Vacuum.
In order to clean the hose, first, you must detach it from the rest of the vacuum. But even before the first step, be sure to unplug the vacuum from the power source. To detach the hose from the vacuum, at the bottom where the hose connects to the rest of the vacuum, press the tabs on each side of the nozzle.
Now, to remove the handle from the top of the vacuum, press the release button on the wand. This should leave you with the handle as well as the hose attached to it.
Next, grab your screwdriver and detach all the screws on the plastic housing that constitutes the handle. Detach the upper part of the plastic housing and then pull the hose out from the handle.
Step – 2: Clear Clogs.
Remove any clogs along its length and then, clean the hose with hot water. This step is important, particularly, if you mostly use it for pet hair cleaning, as it might be prone to blockages. It is recommended to insert something solid such as broom handle through one side of the vacuum and pushing the clogs stuck in between out the other side of the hose. Be gentle while you do this to avoid expanding or breaking the hose unnecessarily.
Step – 3: Wash the Hose.
Prepare a sink to clean the hose. For hygiene reasons, instead of a kitchen sink, use an outside or basement sink. Block about 5 inches of hot water in the sink then put in a tablespoon of a mild detergent.
Put the hose inside the sink and allow the water to travel inside and through the length of the hose. Use a cotton towel and gently rub the exterior parts of the pipe to eliminate any exterior gunk.
Next, mix three tablespoons of baking soda and two cups of white vinegar in a small container. Hold both ends of the hose then, pour the mixture through one end. While holding both ends of the hose, give the hose a good shake for about three minutes.
You will notice the mixture of baking soda and vinegar bubbling up or fizzing. After giving the hose a good shake, release one end of the hose on a separate sink to allow the mixture to pour out. Put back the hose into the hot water and swirl it around. Give it one more shake to remove any of the vinegar and baking powder mixture left inside.
You can drain the sink now. Then, run tap water through the hose. Keep doing this until the water coming out through the other end runs clear. Use a bottle scrub to eliminate any gunk, if any, left in the hose.
Step – 4: After-Cleaning Process.
Once you are satisfied with the cleanliness of your hose, allow the inner parts to dry properly. Use a clean dry cloth to wipe the outer part of the hose. Make sure you reach those portions where drops of water are likely to hide.
Step – 5: Dry the Hose.
Hang the hose over a rod or cloth line in a cool dry place. Avoid using a flame, direct sunlight or hair dryer (which typically comes to mind when drying any machine parts) to dry the hose. For the inner parts to dry completely, allow it to hand in that position for up to 48 hours.
Step – 6: Reassemble.
To attach the hose to the plastic house and back to the vacuum itself, follow the same steps in reverse. If the hose is not completely dry, never attach or use it as this can increase the risk of an electrical malfunction in the vacuum. Even if a situation like that never occurs, vacuuming with a wet hose will result in a distasteful odor that can be very difficult to get rid of.
Avoid using harsh detergent or boiling water, especially if your hose feels a bit fragile or old
Don’t use objects that are sharp to scrub the outer or inner parts of the hose
Allow the hose to dry for at least 24 hours before using
Knowing how to clean Shark vacuum hose is one of those small but essential maintenance routines that can have a significant impact on the performance of your vacuum.
While cleaning the hose, you should go for readily available, environment-friendly, and vacuum-safe cleaning ingredients like vinegar and baking soda.
Depending on your vacuuming needs, you might want to clean the hose as well as the other parts of your Shark vacuum at least once a month for optimal performance. This will help prevent issues such as loss of suction and bad odors.