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How to Clean Kirby Vacuum Cleaner? Step-by-Step

Published by: Katherine Frame

How to Clean Kirby Vacuum

No matter which Kirby vacuum cleaner you have, you’ll need to clean the vacuum cleaner at regular intervals to ensure that it performs optimally. You cannot expect your vacuum cleaner to pick up all the dirt and dust particles in your home if it has clogged filters or hoses, among other hampered parts. 

This article will specify the reasons why you should clean Kirby vacuum and how often you should clean it, followed by a step-by-step guide on how to clean your Kirby vacuum cleaner. 

Let’s get started…

Why Should You Clean Your Kirby Vacuum Cleaner 

When you vacuum your rugs, floors, carpets, and all the other things around your house, the Kirby vacuum cleaner collects the debris in its bag. However, some dust particles and allergens can get left behind in your vacuum cleaner’s filters and the beater bar. 

Moreover, it would be best if you cleaned your vacuum cleaner now and then to ensure that you get rid of allergens, dirt, microorganisms, and bacteria that may be sitting in your vacuum cleaner. Cleaning your Kirby will also ensure that your vacuum cleaner works efficiently. 

The efficiency of your vacuum can get hampered if the beater bar’s brushes get filled with dirt, fur and hair. Clogged filters can also become a problem. Cleaning the vacuum cleaner whenever necessary will add years to your vacuum cleaner and make it last longer. 

Things You’ll Need to Clean Kirby Vacuum

  • Scissors 
  • Basin or a small bucket 
  • Hot water
  • Dishwashing liquid soap
  • Compressed air
  • Microfiber cloth

The Process to Clean Kirby Vacuum

  1. The first step calls for unplugging the vacuum cleaner to ensure that it doesn’t harm you or damage anything during the cleaning process. 
  2. Once you’re done unplugging the vacuum, empty the vacuum bag and detach all the other detachable parts. If you need help with this step, you can take the owner manual’s help.
  3. Now, it is time to make the cleaning solution. Take a basin or a bucket and fill it with hot water. To this, add 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap. 
  4. Submerge the vacuum bin inside this solution and let it sit there for a minimum of 10 minutes. Use a microfiber cloth to clean the bin inside out. Then, rinse it well and let it air-dry. 
  5. After you’re done cleaning the bin, it’s time to take a look at the filters. Check all the filters present in the vacuum cleaner and see if they need to be cleaned or replaced. 
  6. Some filters are washable while others aren’t. Remove the washable filters and shake them to get everything out. Then, run the filters under cold water to flush out dust and dirt stuck to them. Once cleaned, lay them flat and let them dry. It should not take more than 24 hours for the filters to dry up. 
  7. After the filters, it’s time to clean the vacuum housing. To do so, take a damp cloth and wipe the housing with it. You’ll have to use compressed air to get rid of dust stuck in crevices. 
  8. It would also help to look at the vacuum’s motor belt and beater bar. To clean the beater bar, use scissors to cut through the tangled hair, threads, dust, and dirt stuck to it. 
  9. If the vacuum’s brushes look worn out, replacing them would be your best option. 
  10. Use a damp cloth to clean the motor belt and replace it if it looks cracked or loose. 
  11. Now, clean all the attachments and the vacuum’s hose by submerging them in a hot soapy solution for 10-15 minutes. Then, hang them to drip dry. 
  12. Once you’re done cleaning everything and all the parts, have dried up, reassemble the Kirby vacuum cleaner and start using it. 

You can also watch this video to see how you can clean Kirby vacuum cleaners…

Disinfecting Your Kirby Vacuum Cleaner

To disinfect your Kirby, you’ll have to remove all its attachments and rinse them in hot soapy water. Then, take a spray water bottle and add a tablespoon of bleach.

Spray this solution on all the parts of your vacuum to disinfect them properly. Once done, let the attachments air dry before you reassemble the vacuum cleaner. 

You should take the time out to disinfect the vacuum regularly, especially if you use it in crowded rooms filled with dust, dirt, and germs. Moreover, you should also disinfect the vacuum if someone in your house has recovered from an illness. 

Things to Keep in Mind Before Cleaning Your Vacuum Cleaner

Here’s a list of things that you should keep in mind before starting the vacuum cleaning process:

  • Make sure that the vacuum cleaner is off and unplugged. If not, the vacuum cleaner can cause an injury or damage your hair and clothes. 
  • You should not pull the vacuum cleaner by the cord as it may damage Kirby’s cord and lead to an electrical fault. 
  • Don’t clean the vacuum cleaner if it has worn out or faulty wires. In this case, get the vacuum’s wires fixed before you use or clean it. 

Final Thoughts 

The process of vacuum cleaning is an art, and it is vital to learn how to clean your vacuum the right way to ensure that it performs well and lasts for years to come. You should take a look at the vacuum’s dust bag and filter regularly to check for clogs or buildup. 

Collecting all the required materials for the cleaning process beforehand will save you a lot of time and energy. We hope you clean and maintain your vacuum cleaner at regular intervals. 


Is it possible to disinfect a Kirby vacuum cleaner?

To do so, remove all the vacuum’s attachments and rinse them using hot water. Make a solution using a tablespoon of bleach and water in a spray bottle. Spray this solution on all the parts and let them air dry. And you’re done.

Why is my Kirby vacuum cleaner giving out a burning smell?

This could be simply due to debris clog. Your vacuum cleaner will usually give out a burning smell when it gets stuck to an object or the rug while vacuuming it. Turn the vacuum off and unplug it immediately to get rid of the smell. Then, take the object or rug and pull it from the vacuum slowly and steadily.

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Katherine Frame

Katherine Frame is a professional writer and reviewer who worked in higher education for eight years before working on The Hardware Hub. She has written for multiple home magazines and blogs.

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