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How To Fix A Smelly Vacuum

How To Fix A Smelly Vacuum Cleaner

A vacuum's job is obviously to help leave your house spotless, dirt free and fresh. So, naturally it may start to smell if anything bad has found it's way inside. Usually, the worst culprits are animals, with their fur, and even if they've had an accident in the house and their urine or other fouls finds its way into the machine. This can then be a difficult job getting your vacuum back to smelling normal once more. However, below you will find some tips that can make the task a lot easier.

Bag Models

Is The Dust Bag Full?

The most common and obvious reason for unpleasant odors from your vacuum is that the dust bag is full. Usually, you only replace the vacuum bag once it's full (evident also when the power of the machine's suction is reduced as well). However, if there is a foul smell when you use your vacuum, first try replacing the vacuum bag to hopefully get rid of the source of the smell.

If you are unsure about which bag you need for your make and model, then we are here to help. Firstly, you will need to find your type (model) number to find the right bag that is compatible with your particular vacuum cleaner. Then simply search with this type number in our selection of bags here to make sure you buy the right bag meant for your vacuum.

Changing The Bag

Sometimes a messy job, changing the bag can vary model to model. However, instructions are usually included on the packaging of the vacuum cleaner bag, as well as in the user manual of the machine. After taking out the old bag - but before placing in the new one - it is advisable to remove any dust residue from the cleaner itself and spray disinfectant detergent into the vacuum cleaner. This is to prevent bacteria and fungi further spreading bad odours later on. Now you can place in the new bag with a fresh, clean vacuum ready to use.

Bag and Bagless Models

Use A Filter

Some vacuum cleaners offer the possibility to place an odour filter (micro filter) in the machine. It is also advisable to replace this if the vacuum begins to smell. Sometimes, you can also add perfumed bottles, but these can quickly run out so again it's advisable to keep on top of these small products, and replace them regularly when needed.

Clean All Components

Most people don't think to also check the hose and the mouth of the vacuum. If the hose is plastic, then it is possible to soak it in warm, soapy water overnight to completely clean this part. However, if these are metal parts on your vacuum and this is not possible, you can use a disinfectant spray to clean the parts. Thoroughly clean the mouth and other components of the machine, checking for any sources of unpleasant odours.

What Not To Use?

It's important not to use any deodorising items in the vacuum like flea collars. These have chemicals that are hazardous and will be dispersed into the air when the vacuum is being used. Eliminating the source of the odor is the most important and best permanent solution, so focus on killing any bacteria, mould, or spores that might be growing in the vacuum cleaner.

To find the spare parts compatible with your specific vacuum cleaner, you will need the model (type) number. Usually, this is made up of a combination of numbers and letters and can be found on the type plate or sticker found on the bottom or the side of the machine. On our site, if you search with this number, then you will find all the parts we have available that are suitable for your machine.

Get In Touch

Let us know if this has helped you solve your problems on our Facebook page. If you have any questions or queries about the spare parts you might need, then feel free to send us an email at, or get in touch with us via our contact form. Remember to include your model (type) number so we can make sure we're searching for the right part for you.

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