How to Unclog And Clean A Vacuum Hose?

by Oct 5, 2020Cleaning

How to Unclog And Clean A Vacuum Hose?


Like any other appliance in your home, a vacuum cleaner is required as well regular maintenance to do well. If neglected for too long, a vacuum may lose its suction or stop working completely.

To prevent this, you need to learn how to clean a vacuum hose as it is the central part of the vacuum that comes in direct contact with dirt and grime. If you do not clean or clean it regularly, the hose will probably become clogged and malfunction.

To clean your home efficiently and increase the life of the vacuum, follow the hose cleaning instructions below.

How often is a vacuum hose cleaned?

Depending on the frequency of use, clean the hose at at least once a month. If you have recently used the vacuum cleaner for deep cleaning of the entire home, it is time to clean the hose because it is quite messy in there.

During my daily housekeeping days at a hotel, I instructed my team to clean the hose every two to three weeks because the vacuum cleaners were used regularly in the hotel rooms. However, if you only use your vacuum occasionally, you can clean the hose every two months.

Even better, check the hose manually to determine if it is clogged. The following signs indicate that your vacuum cleaner hose is in great need of cleaning.

Loss of suction

The most obvious sign that the hose is clogged is the loss of suction. If there are fur balls or larger dirt particles in the tube of the hose, there will be a marked decrease in the air movement.

Your vacuum cleaner can also start blowing dust out. If this happens, clean the hose immediately.

Bad smell

Second, bad smell is an indicator of a clogged hose. As dirt and food crumbs rise the vacuum cleaner can block the pipe. Over time, they accumulate in the confined space and begin to rot.

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This is when the hose begins to give off an unpleasant odor and signals that it is time to put on your cleaning gloves.

However, none of these problems mean that you have to replace the hose. A simple cleaning can make it as good as new. The hose should only be replaced if there is a rip or hole in the pipe that is causing air leakage.

How to clean a vacuum hose?

Now that you know the signs of a clogged snake, let’s talk about cleaning process.

What you need

Here are the supplies you need to clean the vacuum hose and clean it.

It is better to take the hose to your bathroom or kitchen after taking it from the vacuum cleaner as you need a sink for cleaning.

1.Remove the vacuum hose

Before separating the hose, pull out the vacuum cleaner. Now follow the instructions in your user manual or manual for detach the hose from the vacuum cleaner.

For most vacs, turn the hose and it will come apart. Some others have a button that needs to be pressed to release the hose from the main unit.

Do not use excessive force or pressure on the hose. That’s one thing I’ve always told my recruits at the hotel. If disassembling something from the vacuum requires power, you are probably doing it wrong.

This is because vacs are designed to be easily assembled and disassembled. Thus, if you handle any part of the vacuum roughly, it may break.

2.Remove the lumps

Now, visually inspect the hose opening for larger lumps or clogs. Place the hose on a table or countertop and use a wire hanger to remove any visible blockages.

Alternatively, you can use a broom handle to get rid of clogs and larger dirt particles. Remember to be careful, otherwise you will end up tearing a hole in the hose pipe with the bracket.

1.Wash the hose

Fill your kitchen or sink with warm water and add a few drops of dish soap to it. Place the hose in the water and make sure it is completely immersed.

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If the sink is too small, move the hose around to ensure that the water reaches the pipe. Use a damp cloth to remove visible dirt or hair you see in the accessible parts of the hose.

Do not use harsh cleaners as the hose hose will not be able to withstand them. If you do not have dishwashing detergent, use a mild detergent instead.

4.Clean the hose

If you want to disinfect the hose, you can use household products for the job. For example, vinegar is effective against many foodborne pathogenic bacteria. (1)

Make a solution with two cups of vinegar and one liter of water. Then add half a cup baking soda to the mixture and stir the solution to dissolve the powder completely.

Pour this solution through the length of the hose. Don’t worry if there is fizzing – it’s just baking soda and acetic acid (2) in action.

5.Remove Grime

If there is hard dirt in the hose, remove it with a bottle cleaning brush. Insert the brush into the slots on the tube and scrub gently.

The brushes on a bottle cleaning brush are thin and long, making them perfect for removing dirt or grime that lingers in the folds of the pipe.

Again, do not scrub too hard, otherwise you may cause rip in the hose.

6.Rinse off

All dirt that you have removed using a cleaning brush or a wire hanger must have fallen inside the pipe. Rinse the hose by holding it in a ‘U’ shape under a tap with strong water pressure.

Before the water runs dry from the other side of the pipe, shake it around to collect all the dirt inside the hose.


Finally, dry the hose before reassembling it in the vacuum cleaner. Hang the hose on the shower curtain rod to drain the excess water. Alternatively, you can hang it on a clothesline or any raised surface.

When dry, attach the hose back to the vacuum body. Turn on the vacuum cleaner and you will notice a clear difference in air movement.

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Tips and warnings

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  • If the suction is still low after cleaning the hose, the problem lies in another part of the vacuum. Try cleaning the filters and brush roller to improve airflow.
  • If there is a rip or tear in the suction hose, replace it. Aside from lowering the suction, a damaged hose also lets dirt and hair get out into the room you are cleaning.
  • If you cannot buy a replacement hose right away, cover the cracked area with strong tape until further notice.
  • Do not use harsh cleaners to remove clogging of a hose. Such chemicals contain corrosive compounds that can eat away the hose material.
  • When cleaning the hose, switch off the vacuum cleaner and remove the plug from the socket.
  • Rub a damp cloth on the outside surface of the hose to clean visible dirt.
  • If you suffer from allergies, cover your face when cleaning the vacuum hose.


Closing words

While a failing vacuum cleaner does not always mean that the hose is clogged, that is one of the possible causes. Thus, you need to know how to clean a vacuum hose so that you do not have to pay professional cleaners for something you can do at home for free.

In this guide, I discussed an easy step by step method for cleaning your vacuum hose. Although not necessary, you can disinfect the tube using baking soda and vinegar.

More importantly, replace the vacuum hose if it is damaged because no amount of cleaning will make it work better. Now it’s time for you to follow this guide and tell me:

  • Was this guide helpful?
  • Have you ever cleaned your hose before?
  • If so, how often do you clean it?

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