How to Get Hair Out of Vacuum

Writing about tips on how to get hair out of vacuum reminds me of a joke in one of my mums’ groups. The joke was, ‘you worry about advertisement companies watching you and your vacuum cleaner has been collecting dirt on you for years.’ And it really cracked me out.

Anyway, while your vacuum is the cleaner workhorse in your home, once in a while, they also need a little care to ensure they remain effective.

If you have people with long hair in your home or fur babies, the problem of hair stuck in the vacuum cleaner isn’t new for you.

Read on to know how to deal with it.

Steps to Follow to Get the Hair Out of Your Vacuum Cleaner 

The accomplice of holding hair in vacuum cleaners is always the roller brush. Here are the steps to follow to remove the hair.

Step 1: Unplug the Vacuum Cleaner 

Before doing any maintenance practices on your vacuum, it’s always important to unplug it to avoid injuries.

Step 2: Remove the Roller Brush

roller brush of vacuum

The roller brush is located under the vacuum cleaner as it’s responsible for picking up all debris from your carpet, furniture, or floor. Simply turn the whole vacuum cleaner upside down to access the roller brush.

After you’ve spotted the roller brush, use the screwdriver to unscrew the pins holding the brush in the vacuum cleaner. The small screws easily get lost, so I recommend placing them in a small bowl.

For many vacuum cleaners, once you unscrew the roller brush, one side will pop out, allowing you to pull it from the vacuum. Every vacuum cleaner has a different design, so check the manufacturers’ instructions.

Step 3: Take Note of How the Brush Was Placed

I can’t emphasize enough how important this step is. I might be projecting my issues here, but nothing is as frustrating as disassembling a device and not being able to screw it back.

If this is your first time, I recommend recording a video using your smartphone – just in case you forget.

Step 4: Remove the Hair from the Brush 

remove hair from vacuum brush

There are a couple of ways to do this. The best method depends on how much hair is on your roller brush.

My favorite method is using a seamer reaper; it costs around $5. Since the tool is thin, it effortlessly slices through the hairs and helps pull it alongside all debris.

However, if you don’t have a seamer reaper, you can use scissors, they can be a little chunky and a safety hazard, but it gets the job done. If you have hair scissors, I highly recommend them because they’re thinner.

You may have to pull some of the hair using your hands (gross but necessary) to ensure all hair is removed.

Step 5: Clean the Housing and Screw the Brush Back 

Now that the brush is out of the casing, you may as well take this opportunity to clean its housing. You can clean it using a wet paper towel. Take the opportunity to replace your vacuum belt as well if it needs to be replaced.

Lastly, screw back the brush and ensure you do it correctly to avoid any damage to your cleaner.

Step 6: Lubricate the Bearings

This is also a great time to clean and lubricate the bearings to enhance their performance. Once you lubricate them, spin the roller with your finger to confirm the bearings are moving at ease. Make a habit of lubricating the bearings every once in a while.

Step 7: Plug Back Your Cleaner and Start Vacuuming 

At this point, your vacuum cleaner should perform perfectly. However, you can do a few things to ensure you don’t have to go through the hair removing process again soon.

One effective tip is to collect the huge chunks of hair or fur lying around before vacuuming.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why am I getting static shocks from my vacuum?

You are getting shocks from your vacuum cleaner because it is sucking up all the loose hair and fabric in the room. This material builds up a charge as it moves around, and when it comes into contact with something else (like you), the charge transfers, and you get shocked. To prevent this, try keeping it away from anything that could build up a static charge, or you can learn more tips on preventing static shock from the vacuum.

How do you remove pet hair from appliances?

To remove pet hair from appliances, use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment. Alternatively, you can use a damp cloth to wipe the surface.

What is a brushless vacuum?

A brushless vacuum is a type of vacuum cleaner that does not use brushes to clean surfaces. Instead, it uses a system of rotating blades to direct air towards the surface to be cleaned. This type of vacuum cleaner is typically quieter and more efficient than traditional vacuum cleaners.

Final Words 

I hope you learned how to get hair out of vacuum; it’s not until your roller brush is ineffective that you realize how important it is.

Remember when your roller brush is full of hair, it can’t pick up any debris. Instead, it means the motor struggles, and the vacuum suction power decreases, which snowballs to reducing the lifespan of your vacuum cleaner.

Talking about suction power, when it comes to choosing the right vacuum for your home, one important factor to consider is suction power. And you can learn how to measure suction power of vacuum cleaners from our blog. Now back to you.

How often do you clean your roller brush? Tell us in the comment section.

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