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Vacuum Cleaner Information

How Does a Vacuum Work?
How to Make Your Vacuum Cleaner Smell Good
Why do Vacuum Cleaners Smell?
What Are Vacuum Cleaner Scent Tabs?
How to Keep Your Vacuum Cleaner Running Like New
How to Vacuum Heat Ducts
How is Vacuum Measured?
Who Invented the Vacuum Cleaner?
Where Are Electrolux Vacuums Made?
How to Choose a Central Vac
Vacuum Cleaner Service
How to Repair a Broken Vacuum Belt
How to Change the Belt on a Dyson
Changing a Kirby Vacuum Belt
What Are Vacuum Cleaner Bags?
What Are Vacuum Bag Types?
How to Change Bags in Bissell Powerforce
What are Allergen Filters?
How to Put an S Type Filter on a Hoover Vacuum
Cleaning Your Dyson HEPA Filter
What Does HEPA Stand For?
Where Can I Find HEPA Air Purifiers?
What are HEPA Filters?
What Are Micron Filters?
What Are Vacuum Cleaner Filters?
Emptying a Dyson Vacuum Cleaner
Cleaning Dyson Vacuum Cleaners
How to Clean My Dyson Vacuum
How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum Brush
What Are Vacuum Cleaner Brush Rollers?
How to Stop Hose Collapse in a Vacuum
How to Stop Hose Collapse on a Shop Vac
Canister Vacuum Motor Access
What Are Canister Vacuum Cleaners?
What Are Lightweight Vacuum Cleaners?
What Are Upright Vacuum Cleaners?
Replacing Hoover Valve Seal
How to Replace a Vacuum Electrical Plug
How to Change the Battery in Dirt Devil Kone
How to Use a Shop Vac
How to Shampoo a Carpet
How to Use a Hoover Steam Vac
How Do You Use a Hoover SteamVac Deluxe?
How to Use Bissell Little Green Machine
How to Use Kirby Vacuum Carpet Shampooer
Where Can I Donate a Vacuum Cleaner?
Vacuum Tube Audio
Complete Guide to Vacuum History

Buying a Vacuum Cleaner

How to Buy a Vacuum Cleaner
The Best Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Lovers
What is the Best Cordless Vacuum?
What is the Best Upright Bagless Vacuum?
What is the Best Vacuum for Wood Floors?
What is the Best Carpet Cleaner?
What is the Best Central Vacuum System?
What is the Best Shop Vac?
The Best Vacuum Cleaner for Allergy Sufferers
Should You Get a Bagless Vacuum Cleaner?
Should You Get a Canister or Upright Vacuum Cleaner?

Who do Vacuum Cleaners Smell?

Vacuum cleaners can do wonders to freshen your house, but what about when you turn one on and a revolting smell suddenly permeates the air? What causes a vacuum cleaner to give off such an odor? There are several different possibilities for the origin of that stinky air coming out of the vacuum.

If you have a dog in the house, dog hair and dander is the most likely culprit. It collects in the bag, or waste collection chamber-for bagless models, or just the internal surfaces of the vacuum cleaner, and can make the unit stink when you turn it on. The smell caused by this phenomenon is usually similar to that of a wet dog. Unfortunately, it is a fact of life for most dog owners. Minimize it by adding potpourri or scented tabs to the bag or chamber will create a pleasant aroma when it's activated by the heat of the vacuum cleaner motor while you work.

If you've used your vacuum cleaner to suck up a mess made by food, it's possible that the food has spoiled inside it. The only way to correct the problem is to take as much of the vacuum apart as you can, wiping all components with a clean rag soaked in a warm water solution of household cleaner, vinegar, or baking soda. Always unplug the unit before attempting to clean it. Make sure to check the manufacturer's instructions on how to clean the unit in the best way.

If the smell begins suddenly, while you're using the vacuum cleaner, and has the odor of burning rubber, there is probably a problem with the belt. Sometimes if the edge of a rug or other item gets hung in the roller brush, the belt will get too hot or come off its track, causing the burning smell. Unplug the unit, turn the vacuum cleaner over, and examine the belt path. Remove any obstructions you find there, or reposition the belt if it has left the track.

Another burning smell may come from the overheating of the motor. This odor may remind you of burning plastic or wiring. Occasionally, overuse of the vacuum cleaner can cause this problem, but that is more likely to happen in an older model. When dust accumulates in the motor chamber, it causes a bad smell. This particular odor is not a cause for concern, as the motor is likely burning off the grime. If it persists, a trip to your local vacuum repair shop is in order.

A musty smell emanating from the vacuum cleaner can indicate the need for a new bag. If you use a bag when it is too full, the smell of the dirt and the particles you collected during earlier cleaning sessions fills the air when you use it. Try putting a bit of baking soda into the new bag before you install it. This helps remove the smell from the tubes and hoses on the unit.

There's nothing quite as frustrating as a bad odor coming from a vacuum cleaner. When you're cleaning your house, the goal is a clean, fresh scent, not an unpleasant one. Clean the accessible surfaces of your vacuum cleaner regularly to minimize the possibility of a bad smell.


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Panasonic MC-V9644 Canister
Rainbow SE Series D4C Canister
Royal Lightweight RY6400 / MRY640 Upright
Sanitaire Precision SP7025 / SP7025A Canister

Product Information

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Filter Queen Vacuum Cleaners
GE Vacuum Cleaners
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Insterstate Vacuum Cleaners
Kenmore Vacuum Cleaners
Kirby Vacuum Cleaners
Miele Vacuum Cleaners
Nutone Vacuum Cleaners
Oreck Vacuum Cleaners
Panasonic Vacuum Cleaners
Pro-Vac Vacuum Cleaners
Rainbow Vacuum Cleaners
Regina Vacuum Cleaners
Rexair Vacuum Cleaners
Riccar Vacuum Cleaners
Royal Vacuum Cleaners
Samsung Vacuum Cleaners
Sanitaire Vacuum Cleaners
Sanyo Vacuum Cleaners
Sears Vacuum Cleaners
Sharp Vacuum Cleaners
Shop-Vac Vacuum Cleaners
Simplicity Vacuum Cleaners
Singer Vacuum Cleaners
Tristar Vacuum Cleaners
Windsor Vacuum Cleaners

Vacuum Cleaner Accessories

Bissell Vacuum Cleaner Tools and Accessories
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Electrolux Vacuum Cleaner Tools and Accessories
Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Tools and Accessories
Hoover Vacuum Cleaner Tools and Accessories
Panasonic Vacuum Cleaner Tools and Accessories
Rainbow Vacuum Cleaner Tools and Accessories
Shop-Vac Vacuum Cleaner Tools and Accessories

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