How To Clean A Bissell Vacuum Cleaner

The issue of how to clean a Bissell vacuum cleaner is a pretty easy thing. Granted, there are steps to it and Bissell has different categories of cleaners. However, things are pretty easy as you’ll soon find out. Now, let’s get to it.

Bissell Cleanview Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Orange, 1831

How To Clean An Upright Bissell Vacuum Cleaner

Whatever kind of Bissell cleaner you want to clean, you have to be sure that it isn’t plugged in. So, if it is a rechargeable cleaner, you’ll need to remove it from its charging docket and if it isn’t, it shouldn’t be plugged in.

Next, you wipe down the cleaner with a clean cloth. Pay attention to all the corners and crevices and clean the whole thing from top to bottom. It makes sense to do this immediately after you use the cleaner.

Clean The Dirt Tank

When you’re done with the externalities, you are now ready to tear the cleaner apart. First, tackle the dirt tank. Most Bissell vacuum cleaners have a sign on the dirt container that indicates what is too full.

So, you already know to empty out the container when it gets to that point.

That said, we actually recommend that you empty out the dirt container before you store it; you sure do not want to store dirt and debris in there for forever.

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Now, while you might be emptying the trash container every day, you’ll need to do some periodic washing.

Passing it under running water is good enough. However, washing the container would actually make things that much better.

That said, make sure that the container is properly dried out before fixing it back in. If you cannot wait for the container to dry out, a paper towel could do the trick.

Watch Bissell teach you how to clear out the dirt tank:

Clean The Brush Roll

This one usually gets entangled with a lot of hairs and debris. So, try to disengage the brush roll so that you can get to all the things entangled in it.

If there are a lot of hairs in there, you might need to take a pair of scissors to those hairs. Just be careful not to cut the brush.

One tell-tale sign that the brush roll needs to be cleaned is that it doesn’t collect as much debris as it used to.

So, you could either decide to create a routine of cleaning the brush roll, say once a month, or just wait till the cleaner starts to slack in its functioning.

Clean The Filters

Now, the filters are somewhat more sensitive than the other parts, howbeit, still pretty easy to clean.

So, upright Bissell vacuum cleaners come with more than one filter and they don’t all require the same cleaning procedure.

First off though, you’ll need to remove the filters. Remember the order in which you take them out because you’ll have to restore the filters to their original order.

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That said, some of the filters (the black ones usually) are OK with going in water. So, you could run them under water and even introduce a bit of dishwashing soap for an even cleaner effect.

If, on the other hand, you are dealing with the white filters, dusting it off would be just alright. Those ones do not take well to water and as a result will have to be replaced regularly.

The basic idea is just to be sure of what kind of filter you have and the cleaning recommendations for it.

Watch Bissell teach out to wash the filters:

How To Clean A Stick And A Handheld Bissell Vacuum Cleaner

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, Corded, 33A1

It is basically the same process as the upright vacuum cleaner. The major difference has to do with size.

Stick vacuum cleaners are larger, so, you might need to do the cleaning outdoors.

Also, because of how large the brush rolls are, they will collect more dirt which might necessitate your having to clean them out more frequently.

On the other hand, handheld vacuum cleaners are the smaller models. Their dirt cups are easier to clean.

Also, handheld Bissell cleaners have just one filter and you can wash it when it needs to be washed. Just be sure to allow it dry out before fixing it back in.

That said, because handheld cleaners are small, you’ll have to be careful with pulling out the filter. Don’t force anything; there should be a button on the side that easily ejects the filter.

How To Clean A Robot Bissell Vacuum Cleaner

Bissell SmartClean Robot Vacuum, 1974, Gray Ad Blue

It is also the same cleaning procedures as the aforementioned models. That said, like the handheld models, the robot cleaners have only one filter and that filter can be washed if need be.

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After you’re done with the filter and the bin, you’ll need to clean the sensors which are on the sides. A wipe down is good enough; no water is necessary at all.

Finally, you’ll need to rinse out the side brushes. Pull them out from under the robot and then rinse them under running water.

If the brushes are slightly crooked, soaking them in hot water should set them straight. Make sure that the brushes dry out before you attach them back.

As you can see from all that has been written, cleaning a Bissell vacuum cleaner is not an issue at all.

And while there are tell-tale signs that your cleaner needs to be cleaned including a loss of suction and foul odor, it makes sense to have a sort of routine for cleaning.

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