How to Clean Shark Vacuum and its Filter in 8 Easy Steps

Shark Vacuum

Have you noticed a decrease in suction power in your Shark vacuum cleaner? Is there a noxious stench coming from it? The failure to clean vacuums regularly is a common contributor to these problems.

This is no longer necessary. You won’t need to shell out any money for fixes or upgrades. Regular upkeep is all that’s required. With the help of our comprehensive instructions, your Shark vacuum will be as effective as new in no time.

When Should You Clean Your Shark Vacuum and How?

The user handbook recommends that the filters must be cleaned every three months. The HEPA high-efficiency particle air filter will work without a hitch for two years. However, if you notice a decline in performance, you may wish to clean or change it sooner rather than later.

In short, your Shark vacuum will only perform as effectively as you remember to clean it four times a year. However, as a reminder, you need to place a day or two, even with Google Calendar. Fortunately, your Shark vacuum will warn you when it needs to be cleaned. Among them are:

  • The vacuum has an unpleasant odour.
  • Sounds similar to gasps created by the vacuum.
  • When using the vacuum, crumbs and dust are left behind.

The manufacturer guarantees shark vacuums never lose suction; if you do clean them.

Instructions for Cleaning a Shark Vacuum

There are possible variations in the location of the replaceable parts across the several Shark models available. To locate these components and learn how to remove them, you’ll need to refer to the handbook for your model.

However, the cleaning method is universal and may be used in various models. Okay, so let’s begin.


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  • Tertiary

1. Separate the Parts and Unplug

Turn off the power to your vacuum first. Since dirt is involved, vacuum cleaning is best done in the open air. When using a vacuum cleaner, it’s a good idea to put a sheet or some other cover beneath it, so the debris doesn’t end up in a mound.

                                                              Never Forget  
Be sure to take mental notes while disassembling the main vacuuming component. Then, you will only have to guess which piece fits where.

2. Clean out the Waste Bin

The next step is to take the canister out of the device and put the grime into a trash bag. Put the container in a sink full of soapy water, then use your microfiber cloth to clean it. Use cold water to wash it, and then let it dry naturally.

Before reassembling the canister, make sure it is thoroughly dry. This may take up to 24 hours.

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Mould growth may be encouraged if the vacuum is reassembled while the cleaned components are still damp. As a result, this might trigger asthma attacks and other allergic responses.

3. Clean the Filters

Shark vacuums offer an excellent filtration system that includes a HEPA filter, a filter made of thick foam, a filter made of felt, and one or two more foam filters.

  • Felt and Foam Filters

Carefully wash the foam and felt filters in cold, soap-free water (as directed by the manufacturer).

Cleaning the foam filter requires a significant amount of squeezing and scrubbing. As a result, it’s possible but not guaranteed that the filter(s) will regain their original white coloration after thoroughly cleaning and rinsing. But there’s nothing to be concerned about. They will be all right, even if they stay soiled, as long as they are not ripped, shattered, or otherwise degraded.

The manufacturer does not recommend that the felt filter be washed. However, we don’t like wearing unclean felt; therefore, I wash it by hand and have done it successfully many times. Attempt this at your peril.
  • High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filter

An additional HEPA filter is standard on most Shark vacuum models. Behind the filter grill on the machine’s bottom front is where you’ll find this (door). To access the HEPA filter, open the door and remove it with some force. The filter should be washed thoroughly in clean water and dried completely.

At this time, you should not put the filter or filters back into the vacuum. They need to dry out first since moisture may encourage the growth of mould and mildew, which you don’t want to see inside your vacuum. Instead, place the wet filter or filters on the countertop to dry off. An overnight stay could be necessary.

4. Maintain the Brush Roller

Debris, such as hair, threads, and dirt, caught on the spinning brush and get the bulk of the cleaning effort.

Start by detaching the floor head from the brush handle before attempting any cleaning. Buttons operate floor attachments on most versions on each end. Simply releasing the head of the brush will allow for more thorough cleaning if you press these buttons.

Cut through the mess in the bushes with your shears. Then, carefully avoid damaging the bristles as you carefully use your hands to remove all the debris.

To clean a brush that has become particularly grimy, try soaking it in water and scrubbing it with a soft brush. Please wait at least 24 hours for the meeting to dry before reattaching it.

5. Empty and Clean the Nozzle

If the hose isn’t moving, you should inspect it for blockages. Then, raise the hose and pull it apart. Look at both ends and the whole hose’s length to ensure it’s in good shape.

If the hoover hose becomes clogged, you may unclog it by running hot water. First, take the hose off the faucet, shut one end with your hand, and then do the same with the other. Start by shaking the hose vigorously.

Then, add vinegar to the baking soda in a saucepan and pour the solution into the hose. Like before, you’ll need to shield both ends from the scalding liquid. Vigorously shake for at least a few minutes.

Allow the liquid to drain, then flush the hose with warm and cold water to stop the reaction. The combination of baking soda and vinegar eliminates smells and loosens any obstructions in the hose. And the filth is easier to wash away when the water is warm.

The hose should be laid flat to dry. Attach it back to the vacuum when the hose is completely dry.

6. Clean the Automatic Floor Cleaner

When you take the hose out of the fitting, you may examine the port to ensure it is clear. The floor nozzle should be inverted. Lightly tapping it will loosen any dirt, which may be brushed away with an old toothbrush.

When cleaning, it’s easy to overlook the duct tube connecting the motorized floor nozzle to the machine’s base. Taking it apart to look for obstructions is a good idea. Check for obstructions in the ventilation areas as well. Brush down the apertures much as you would the central hose above.

7. Fix the Vacuum

We’re nearly finished cleaning. Again, carefully reassemble everything, this time making sure nothing is damp. You can’t stress this enough. After ensuring everything is secure, give the whole vacuum a complete cleaning to look as lovely as it works.

8. Add Some New Fragrance

Is it frustrating that you can still smell the dog or other scents after cleaning the floor? Mildly scented tabs can be placed in the vacuum just before use to disseminate a clean aroma. You may get a similar result by consuming ground cinnamon or coffee.

You can try the Refreshing Breeze Vac Freshener Beads if you think other smells are too intense for your tastes. These beads will leave both your house and your Shark vacuum smelling clean and fresh.


How do you get the filter out of the shark vacuum?

Shark vacuums have two filters; to access them, you must lay the cleaner on its back and look behind the dust container. The filter housing may be taken off by pressing the filter release button. The filters that you see are the foam and the felt ones. To clean or change the filters, you’ll need to take them out of their frame.

How can I get the dog scent out of my shark vacuum?

Keep the dust bin empty and the Shark vacuum clean to prevent dog odours. The filters should be cleaned or replaced as directed by the manufacturer. Air freshener pills are another option for masking that doggie odour.

Why my  Shark vacuum keeps getting jammed?

You probably need to frequently clean your Shark vacuum, which is why it keeps becoming clogged. When the filters become dirty, airflow is impeded. That’s bad since a loss of suction may significantly impact performance.

For what reason is the dirt being blown out of my shark vacuum?

The obstruction in your Shark vacuum is causing it to spew dirt out. If the dust canister is allowed to fill, the dust will be forced back out of the vacuum.


As you can see, it is not difficult to clean your shark vacuum and its filter. Following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily keep your vacuum cleaner running smoothly and your home’s air quality high.

Richman Aurthur

Hey, it's me, Richman Arthur - your cleaning guru with 18 years of vacuum wizardry under my belt. Let's chase away those pesky dust tumbleweeds and make cleaning fun

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