How to Clean Your Shark Vacuum

Your Shark vacuum cleaner is essential for keeping your home clean and dust-free. Cleaning and maintaining your vacuum is IMPORTANT to ensure its optimal performance & prolong its life. In this article/Blog, we will provide a comprehensive guide on how to clean your Shark vacuum, including step-by-step instructions for cleaning its various components.

Why Regularly Clean Your Shark Vacuum?

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Benefits of Regular Cleaning

Regularly cleaning your Shark vacuum has numerous benefits, including:

  1. Improved suction power and performance
  2. Extended lifespan of the vacuum
  3. Reduced allergens and odours in the home
  4. Improved energy efficiency
  5. Prevention of clogs and other issues

The Different Parts of a Shark Vacuum

Your Shark vacuum has several components that require regular cleaning and maintenance. These include:

The Dust Cup and Filters

The dust cup collects dirt and debris, while the filters trap small particles to prevent them from being released back into the air.

The Brush Roll and Nozzle

The brush roll agitates and loosens dirt from carpets and floors while the nozzle directs the airflow and suction.

The Hose and Attachments

The hose transports dirt & debris from the nozzle to the dust cup, while the attachments help clean various surfaces and hard-to-reach areas.

How to Clean Your Shark Vacuum: Step by Step

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Now that you’re familiar with the different components of your Shark vacuum let’s dive into the cleaning process for each part.

Cleaning the Dust Cup and Filters

Emptying the Dust Cup

  1. Turn off and unplug your vacuum.
  2. Hold the vacuum over a trash can & press the release button to detach the dust cup.
  3. Empty the dust and debris into the trash can.
  4. Wipe the inside and outside of the dust cup with a dry cloth to remove any remaining dirt.

Washing the Filters

  1. Remove the filters from the vacuum according to your model’s instructions.
  2. Rinse the filters under cold water until the water runs clear.
  3. Gently squeeze out excess water and let the filters air-dry for at least 24 hours before reinstalling them.

Cleaning the Brush Roll and Nozzle

Removing the Brush Roll

  1. Turn off and unplug your vacuum.
  2. Lay the vacuum on its back to access the brush roll.
  3. Remove any screws or clips securing the brush roll cover, and lift the cover off.
  4. Gently lift out the brush roll.

Cleaning the Brush Roll

  1. Use scissors or brush to remove any hair, string, or debris wrapped around the brush roll. 
  2. Inspect the brush roll for signs of wear or damage, and replace it if necessary.
  3. Wipe the brush roll with any damp cloth to remove the remaining dirt.

Cleaning the Nozzle

  1. Use any soft brush or cloth to clean debris from the nozzle’s air channels.
  2. Inspect the nozzle for any blockages and remove them if necessary.
  3. Reassemble the brush roll and nozzle, ensuring all parts are securely in place.

Cleaning the Hose and Attachments

Checking the Hose

  1. Detach the hose from the vacuum according to your model’s instructions.
  2. Straighten the hose and inspect it for any blockages.
  3. Use a long, flexible brush or a straightened coat hanger to remove debris from the hose gently.
  4. Reattach the hose to the vacuum, making sure it’s properly connected.

Cleaning the Attachments

  1. Remove the attachments from the vacuum.
  2. Use soft brush or cloth to clean any dirt or debris from the extensions.
  3. Rinse the attachments with cold water, and let them air dry before reattaching them to the vacuum.


1. How often should I clean my Shark vacuum?

It’s generally recommended to empty the dust cup and clean the filters after every few uses or when you see any decrease in suction power. Depending on usage, the brush roll, nozzle, hose, and attachments should be cleaned as needed.

2. Can I use soap or detergent to clean the filters?

No, using only cold water when cleaning the filters is best, as soap or detergent can damage the filter material.

3. Can I use a hairdryer to dry the filters more quickly?

A hairdryer is not recommended, as the heat can damage the filters. Allow the filters to air-dry for at least 24 hours before reinstalling them.

4. What should I do if my vacuum still has poor suction after cleaning?

If your vacuum’s suction doesn’t improve after cleaning, check for hose, nozzle, and air channel blockages. If the issue persists, contact Shark customer support for assistance.

5. How often should I replace the filters and brush roll?

Shark recommends replacing the foam and felt filters every 3 months & the HEPA filter every 12 months. The brush roll should be replaced if it shows signs of wear or damage or is no longer effectively cleaning your floors.


Regular cleaning and maintenance of your Shark vacuum will ensure its optimal performance, extend its lifespan and improve the overall cleanliness of your space. Following the steps outlined in this article/blog, you can easily clean and maintain your Shark vacuum, keeping it in top condition for years.

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