How to Replace Vacuum Bags

Vacuum cleaners either come with bags that collect the dirt and dust, or with bagless canisters that you empty regularly. Bagged vacuum cleaners will stop working properly once the bags are full, and some also come with indicator lights that alert you that it is time to change the bag. Replacing a vacuum cleaner bag is a simple process.

Vacuum bags have a hole for the vacuum hose.
  1. Turn off the vacuum and unplug it from the wall.

  2. Unzip the bag cover, or remove the canister cover that sits over the bag compartment. There can be dust trapped in the bag compartment, so open it slowly to prevent dust from flying in your eyes.

  3. Pull the full vacuum bag down slowly to release it from the vacuum hose. Pull the bag out of the canister or cover and throw it away.

  4. Wipe down the interior of the cover, including the end of the vacuum hose, with a damp cloth to remove any accumulated dust.

  5. Insert the new vacuum bag into the canister or cover. If the bag is compressed, pull gently on the bottom of it to stretch it out.

  6. Insert the vacuum hose through the hole in the top of the vacuum bag until the bag is snugly secured to the hose. Replace the canister cover, or zip the cover shut.

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