How to Change a Bag in Vacuum Cleaner?

Let’s say you bought a vacuum cleaner with a bag, but do you know how to change it? You will notice that your vacuum cleaner isn’t effectively collecting dust and dirt as it should. That is your first indication to check the bag. A vacuum cleaner bag filled with dust may lead to an unsatisfactory cleaning process. It can eventually burn out the motor.

You need to be able to replace the bag to improve this process. All it takes is about five minutes, but make sure to be careful, or else you will end up creating a mess at your place. We will be discussing how to change the vacuum cleaner bags properly.

Steps for Changing Vacuum Cleaner Bags

Unplug the power

Before you start doing anything, make sure you have unplugged the vacuum cleaner. It is vital to unplug the machine to prevent unwanted accidents, shocks, and injuries.

Open the vacuum cleaner

The position of the bag will depend on the model of your vacuum cleaner. It could be on top, in the middle or at one of the sides of your vacuum cleaner. It is recommended to disconnect the hose to open up the place where the vacuum bag is placed. The process of opening the vacuum cleaner will vary with the different types of vacuum cleaners.

Checking the bag

Once you have opened the vacuum cleaner successfully, review the bag for replacement. The bag will need to replacement if it is 75% filled. Otherwise, it will affect cleaning performance drastically. Modern vacuum cleaners come with an indicator light to let you know when it is time to replace the bag.

Remove the bag:

Make sure to be careful and gentle while you remove the bag from its place. In some vacuum cleaners, it may be attached to a spring guide. You need to gently pull the string guide upward and then remove the bag. Hold the bag properly to avoid the spilling of dust on your floor. Once you have removed it, take it straight to the trash can.

Place a new bag

Place the new bag carefully into the machine and ensure that it is appropriately placed in position. When you turn on the vacuum cleaner, all the dust and dirt that it collects goes straight to the bag, so double-check everything. Close the machine after careful placement. If you have removed the hose for changing the bag, reattach it.

P.S – 

  • Make sure when you are replacing the vacuum cleaner bag, it matches the size of your model.
  • For an average user, the vacuum bags should be changed every month.

Other important considerations

For disposable bags 

First of all, take a piece of duct tape and place it over the hole through which dirt meets the bag. Then begin the bag changing procedure. Always try to replace the bags because it has been reported that emptying and reusing a disposable bag cuts cleaning efficiency by 50 percent or more. The VDTA (Vacuum Dealers Trade Association) also suggests not to use costly bags, as they will cost you more during replacement.

For reusable bags or plastic bins 

These models are quite user-friendly to use. All you need to do is take the machine outdoors, then take the dirtbag or plastic bin out from the machine. Dump the dirt from the bag and rinse it thoroughly with hot water. Let it dry out on the sun for a while before you reattach it to the vacuum cleaner. Also, you can wash them in your washing machine and let air dry.

For the over-achievers 

Check for the undercarriage of your vacuum cleaner, also known as the “brush roll” or “beater bar” is dirty, covered with hairs and other stuff, then it is time that you clean it. Remove the bottom latch (Every different model may vary between latch/plate/screws), then remove the brush roll.

Use an old brush or scissors or your fingers to remove excess debris. You will be amazed to know how this 5-minute trick can enhance the longevity of the vacuum cleaner.


A vacuum cleaner will perform well in capturing dust and allergens only when you will maintain it properly. Replacing the bags every once in a while is an important step that you must follow. The longevity of your vacuum cleaning machine is in your hands.

Megha Kothari

Megha leads the content strategy and oversees an amazing team of writers, editors, and designers, all having one goal in mind – to create brilliant content that helps people make the right purchase investment. When she is not working, you can find her enjoying making delicious food and planning her next travel.

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