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How to Keep Your Vacuum Smelling Fresh

Posted on: May 11, 2017

How to Keep Your Vacuum Smelling Fresh!

The one things in our homes that are constantly subjected to dirt and grime are our carpets and rugs. It’s no wonder that after picking up all of that dirt and grime our vacuum cleaners start to smell a little past their prime. While standard maintenance keeps your vacuum in working order and picking up the filth, what can we do to keep things smelling fresh? Follow these simple tips to keep the vacuum cleaner smelling fresh and forgetting it ever picked up all that dirt.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Damp Cloth
  • Dishwashing Soap
  • Warm Water
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Lemon Verbena Spice
  • Baking Soda
  • Fabric Softener Sheet (ex: Bounce)
  • Disinfectant Spray (ex: Lysol)

Tip #1: Change the interior vacuum bag and wash the exterior bag. Odors from dust, dirt, and pet dander can make the bag start to smell. Some exterior bags are machine washable; but if yours isn’t, simply wipe down the bag with a damp cloth, using warm water.

Tip #2: If you have a bagless vacuum cleaner (which CLEAN Choice does not recommend), wash out the plastic dirst canister with dish soap and warm water. The dirt and grim can stick to the sides of the canister, giving it a foul odor. Do this on a regular basis to keep things from getting caked up inside the canister.

Tip #3: Sprinkle a fragrant spice, like Cinnamon or Lemon Verbena, inside the vacuum bag. If you have dark-colored carpets or rugs, you can sprinkle the spices directly on the floor and simply vacuum away. This will help infuse the bag with a nice fragrance for a few uses.

Tip #4: Before using your vacuum, add a tablespoon of baking soda to the bag. If you have a bagless vacuum, sprinkle several tablespoons of baking soda directly onto the floor and vacuum it up. We use baking soda to absorb and eliminate odors in our refrigerators, so why not use it on our carpets and vacuums?

Tip #5: Place a fabric softener sheet inside the bag or plastic compartment of your vacuum. Each time you turn on the vacuum you will activate the sheet and release the smell. The fabric softener will permeate the bag or compartment, giving you a fresh smell each time you turn on your vacuum.

Tip #6: Get rid of the buildup of dirt and grime by wiping the exterior of you vacuum with dishwashing soap and warm water. After a thorough wipe down, spray a disinfectant spray to eliminate any lingering germs and odors.

“Clean Choice is the only way to go. I went through several companies before I found them. They do a fantastic job every time.”

Tim Savalina in Pasadena, MD

“Clean Choice has cleaned the carpets in two of my houses and I have been amazed at how great they look. The carpets, both over 10 years old, look brand new. I was sure I was going to have to replace them but decided to try and have them cleaned first and I am so glad I did. Keith is extremely passionate about his job and very dedicated to providing the best service possible. I have already referred them to several of my friends and will continue to do so in the future.”

Elizabeth Bare in Columbia, MD
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