Vacuum hose clogged: how to unclog it?

vacuum hose clogged

A vacuum cleaner hose ensures that you can vacuum flexibly. Not all vacuum cleaners have such a flexible hose: the most famous vacuum cleaner with a vacuum cleaner hose is the canister vacuum cleaner. The vacuum cleaner hose connects the handle of the vacuum cleaner rod to the vacuum cleaner itself.

When you suddenly notice that the suction power of the vacuum cleaner is decreasing, there may be a blockage in the vacuum cleaner hose. It is necessary to clear this blockage immediately to prevent your vacuum cleaner from breaking down. In this article I’ll tell you everything you need to know about a clogged vacuum cleaner hose and how to unclog it!

How can a vacuum cleaner hose get clogged?

There are several possible causes for a blockage. For example, it may have to do with what you have vacuumed, but vacuuming with a full bag for too long can also cause a build-up in the vacuum cleaner hose. I list the most common causes:

  • Vacuuming sticky or moist dirt: For example, vacuum pine needles can cause a build-up.
  • Emptying the vacuum cleaner too late: the dirt can accumulate in the vacuum cleaner hose if the dust bag or dust container is too full.
  • Sucking up a lot of pet hair: Sucking up too much pet hair can also cause a blockage.
  • Poor maintenance of your vacuum cleaner: you can often prevent a blockage by regularly cleaning your vacuum cleaner.

How to recognize a clogged vacuum cleaner hose

The consequences of a clogged vacuum cleaner hose are often very clear. First of all, there may be a reduced suction power. The vacuum cleaner no longer sucks because the airflow is blocked. This means you can no longer vacuum up dirt. Another common problem is the noise. A vacuum cleaner makes a loud noise because the air cannot get past the dirt.

To check whether there is dirt in the vacuum cleaner hose, you can do the following: remove the vacuum cleaner hose from the vacuum cleaner rod and switch on the vacuum cleaner. Hold your hand in front of the hose and feel if the vacuum cleaner sucks. If the vacuum cleaner sucks poorly or not at all, there is probably a blockage.

Hold your hand in front of the hose and feel if the vacuum cleaner sucks. If the vacuum cleaner sucks poorly or not at all, there is probably a blockage.

Switch off the vacuum cleaner and now remove the vacuum cleaner hose from the vacuum cleaner as well. Hold the hose upright and throw in something small (such as a small coin). Doesn’t it come out at the bottom? Then there is a build-up of dirt somewhere in the hose.

Unclog vacuum cleaner hose

Is there a blockage? Then it is time to unclog the vacuum cleaner hose as soon as possible. If you do not do this, this can have a negative effect on how long a vacuum cleaner lasts. In addition, it also ensures reduced suction power or unnecessary noise.

Best way to unclog vacuum cleaner hose

Depending on where the dirt is in the vacuum cleaner hose, you can use the techniques and tools below to unclog it.

  • Bend the vacuum cleaner hose with your hands: you can often loosen the blockage by bending the vacuum cleaner hose.
  • Feather duster: is the dirt a bit more solid? Then use a soft feather duster to pry up the dirt.
  • Broomstick: if you have a stubborn blockage, you can also use a broomstick. Do this very carefully and carefully!
  • Iron wire or old clothes hanger: no broomstick or feather duster? You can also use iron wire. Do this carefully again, because we don’t want to puncture the vacuum cleaner hose!

Did you manage to unclog? Then you can click the vacuum cleaner hose back into the vacuum cleaner. Did you know that you can prevent this problem by regularly cleaning your vacuum cleaner? See the guide to cleaning a Dyson vacuum cleaner for more information.

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