You need to take your vacuum apart once in a while to clean it. You also need to empty its cup, or to remove its clog. So, this article discusses the steps involved in each of the tasks.
They are essential to every user since they determine how long the vacuum will last and how effective it’ll be. So, without further ado, here are the steps involved in taking apart a Shark Professional Vacuum.
How to Empty the Dust Cup of the Vacuum:
The dust cup holds all the cleaned dirt and debris. Always empty the cup after every use of the vacuum. Hence, it is logical to check the cup before any vacuuming session as you may have forgotten to empty it after the previous vacuuming session.
As an alternative, if you can’t meet up with emptying the canister after every use, you must empty it when the debris reaches the MAX FILL line.
That is the maximum dust the cup can take. If you don’t empty it then, it may begin to malfunction. The first thing to do is to turn off the vacuum and unplug it.
Remove the dust canister from the vacuum and take it to the trash can.
Hold the cup over the trash, and press the release button on the cup. It will open and release all the debris into the trash can. You can tap it gently to make sure all the debris goes out. After that, you can close it back until it clicks into place.
Turn the cup upside down, press the top button to open it at the top, and tap it gently again. The remaining debris (if any) will pour into the trash can. Press it until it clicks into place.
Wipe the interior of the cup with a soft piece of cloth. After that, return the cup to its place in the vacuum. Ensure it clicks into place.
How to Clean the Vacuum Filters
When dirt covers the filter of the vacuum, some of the following may occur.
- It may stop picking dirt when you use it. This will lower its performance drastically.
- The airflow in it may be restricted.
- There may be reduced or no suction at all.
When you notice any of these situations, you should hold the filters over the trash can between cleaning sessions. Tap it gently to remove the debris that has built up.
This helps a lot. However, deeper cleaning is required once in a while to keep the vacuum going. There are two types of filters in a Shark Professional Vacuum.
The first type is the pre-motor felt filters, and the second type is post-motor HEPA filters.
Pre-motor foam and felt filters
You should rinse these filters at least every three months. To rinse, you need to start by removing the dust cup. This will make it easy for you to take out the filters.
After taking out the filters, rinse them with only water. Leave them somewhere to dry off completely before reinstalling them on your vacuum.
Reinstall the felt filter first before you install the foam filter. Fix the dust cup back. You should notice an improvement in the performance of your vacuum after cleaning the filters.
Post-motor HEPA filter
This filter doesn’t work like the pre-motor filters so you can rinse it less often. Rinse it at least once every 12 months. To do that, you should press the tab on top of the filter cover and lift up the cover.
Run a tap on the filter or drop it in a bucket of clean water. Do not use any soap or detergent. You need only water.
Then, you can air-dry it. Make it is completely dry before you install it back on the vacuum. Attach the cover, and your vacuum is ready to go again.
How to clean the brush roll
Once in a while, the brush roll of your vacuum could get clogged with hair. When this happens, the indicator light will turn red. It is an indication that the vacuum is clogged.
In that situation, you need to pull the vacuum apart, access the brush roll, and manually remove the hair clogging the brush roll. Of course, you have to start by unplugging the vacuum.
After that, you need to detach the pod from the floor nozzle by just pressing the lift-away button. The button is at the side of the pod. Lift and set the pod aside before turning it the other way to make the brush roll face up.
Remove the screws on the brush roll cover with either a coin or a screwdriver. Remove the cover, and you’ll have the brush roll staring at you.
Cut off all the hair and other things wrapped around the brush roll. Don’t do this in a hurry. Apply some caution to avoid cutting the bristles of the brush roll or damaging it.
Now, your vacuum should be fine. Cover the brush roll back and screw the cover. Connect it back. The indicator light should turn green now.
1. The first thing to do after buying this vacuum is to study its user manual. The manual is very detailed. This will help you avoid a lot of issues. Besides, you’ll understand the vacuum better when you take the time to study its manual.
2. Always empty the dust cup after every use.
3. Rinse the filters as often as possible.
4. Never use soap or detergent on the filters.
5. Check and clean the brush roll regularly. Don’t always wait until you see the red light.
6. Wash the hose too.
7. Once you are through with it, turn it off, unplug it, and store it properly.
In summary, this article has given you necessary information on how to take apart a Shark Professional Vacuum, how to empty its dust cup, how to clean its filters, and how to unclog its brush roll. Ensure you carry out the tasks regularly to extend the lifespan of your vacuum.