Shark robot vacuums have revolutionized the way we maintain our homes. It has made the tedious task of cleaning the floors of our homes more convenient and efficient. One of the tools that makes it work best is its HEPA filter. Unfortunately, its HEPA filter needs to be cleaned over time, as many of our customers don’t know. Happily, we’ve brought you 6 easy steps to the best quality cleaning.
In this detailed guide, we walk you through every step, from knowing what a HEPA filter is to clean it.
First, you will know about the HEPA filter.
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Do You Know What Is a HEPA Filter?
Understanding what a HEPA filter is and why it’s so important before we get into cleaning it. HEPA is an abbreviation for “High-Efficiency Particulate Air.” HEPA filters are specifically designed to remove microscopic airborne pollutants. The HEPA filter has many benefits. These filters are incredibly efficient, capable of capturing particles as small as 0.3 microns, including:
- Dust mites,
- Pet dander and even
- Some bacteria.
The HEPA filter in your vacuum cleaner is very important for ensuring that the air it blows out is clean and free of allergens and pollutants. This makes it a must-have for allergy sufferers’ houses.
Next, you will know about really HEPA filter washable.
Are HEPA filters washable?
A common question on many people’s minds is, can (how) I really clean my HEPA filter? The simple answer is yes. However, depending on the type of HEPA filter on your Shark robot vacuum, the answer to this question may differ. The reason is that some HEPA filters are washable, while some filters are not.
You might be wondering how do I know the status of my filter. The simple idea is that you must read the vacuum user manual.
You must read the vacuum’s user manual to determine if your model has a HEPA filter that can be cleaned. If it is washable, follow our instructions below or follow the manufacturer’s instructions. And if follow the steps for dry cleaning. And follow the steps for dry cleaning if needed.
Then, you’ll know how to clean your shark robot vacuum’s HEPA filter the right way.
Clean the Shark Robot Vacuum HEPA Filter in Just 6 Steps
Follow the 6 steps below to clean your Shark robot vacuum’s HEPA filter.
Step 1: Preparation
Before you start, make sure your Shark robot vacuum is turned off and unplugged. Also, get ready with the following:
- Screwdriver (if necessary)
- Clean, dry cloth or (side) brush
- Mild detergent (if your filter is washable)
- Access to a sink or basin (if your filter is washable)
Step 2: Remove the HEPA Filter
Most of the time, the HEPA filter is near the dustbin or in the filtering system of the vacuum. Carefully take off your Shark robot vacuum’s HEPA filter. Some filters may require you to use a screwdriver to access them, so be prepared for this if required. Once the filter is (changed) out of the way, check it for any dirt or debris you can see.
Step 3: Dry Cleaning
Hold the HEPA filter over a trash can or a clean surface. Start by giving the filter a few soft taps with your fingers. This tapping helps eliminate loose dust, dirt, and other things that may have gathered on the surface of the filter. If tapping doesn’t get rid of all the dirt, you can gently brush the surface of the filter with a soft-bristled brush.
Make light, wide strokes with the brush, covering the whole filter. Be gentle to avoid damaging the delicate filter material. Tap and brush the HEPA filter until you have cleared as much dirt and debris as possible from both sides. Pay attention to any spots that seem to have more dirt.
Step 4: Washing (If Applicable)
Place the HEPA filter into the soapy water, and be sure it is fully submerged. Gently agitate the filter to help dislodge dirt and debris. Let the filter soak for a short period of time (3-5) to make sure it’s clean. After soaking, don’t forget to remove the filter from the soapy water as well as rinse it under clean, cold running water. Continue rinsing until all detergent residues are entirely washed away. Be careful during this step so you don’t hurt the filter’s fine fibers.
Step 5: Drying
Even if you didn’t wash the filter, you must let it dry completely before putting it back in your Shark robot vacuum. For drying, you should follow the below guides:
If you’re air-drying the HEPA filter, it takes around 12 to 24 hours for the filter to dry completely.
If you can access direct sunlight, you can place the filter outdoors in a sunny spot. Sunlight can help dry the filter more quickly, usually within a few hours.
Note: Avoid leaving the filter in direct sunlight for an extended period. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can degrade the filter’s materials.
Using Fans or Air Circulation
Using a fan or placing the filter in an area with good air circulation can reduce drying time. With the help of a fan, it may take 6 to 12 hours for the filter to dry thoroughly.
Note that these are our own practical drying times, which we researched primarily to inform you. Actual drying times may vary depending on the specific conditions in your location.
Step 6: Reinstall the HEPA Filter
Follow the steps from the manufacturer to carefully put (Set up ) the clean, dry HEPA filter back into your Shark robot vacuum. Make sure it stays in place well.
So, hopefully, you are now completely clear. Let’s now know some common questions and their answers.
FAQs on clean shark robot vacuum HEPA filter
How Often Do You Need to Clean a HEPA Filter in a Vacuum?
As a general rule, you should check your HEPA filter once a month and clean it if it needs to. If you have pets or use your cleaner often, you need to clean the filter. If your vacuum’s filter is jammed or dirty, it won’t work as well and won’t be able to catch allergens as well.
How Long Do Shark HEPA Filters Last?
The lifespan and performance of a Shark HEPA filter can vary based on usage and maintenance. A well-kept HEPA filter can last anywhere from six months to two years on average. Filters can last longer if they are cleaned and cared for properly.
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Finally, we are going to the Final say
Keeping the HEPA filter in your Shark robot vacuum clean and working well is essential for both the life and the quality of the air in your home. If you clean or replace the filter as suggested by the manufacturer, your vacuum will continue to work well. And trap allergens and other small particles well.
By using the tips in this article, you can clean your floors and make the air in your home smell better. Don’t forget that a well-maintained HEPA filter is the key to a healthy place to live.
Hello, I’m Ethan Mitchell. I studied Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Florida. I want to share with you the light of my learning and the beautiful benefits of research. When it comes to cleanliness, the home comes first, so I started my journey out of a personal interest in keeping a house clean.