How to Unclog a Vacuum Hose

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By Mary A. Williamson | Last Updated: May 12, 2022

A vacuum cleaner might look rugged and tough on the exterior. But internally, it isn’t that rugged. It comes with some minor and major faults, especially when not maintained well. The importance of maintenance cannot be overemphasized; it is one way to decrease the frequency of such a pleasant occurrence.

The most common indication of a clogged vacuum is it losing suction. Loss in the suction power will require more work to be done before cleaning. A clogged hose can make the vacuum overheat which can lead to more problems with the machine.

The different parts of the vacuum can get clogged with use. The clog can be in the vacuum’s head, its hoses, or the actual vacuum. This article will be talking extensively about how to unclog a vacuum hose. The model and maker of each vacuum vary and step to unclogging might slightly vary too. But with the steps below you should be able to unclog any hose in no time.

7 Easy Steps To Unclog A Vacuum Hose

Step one:

Unplug the vacuum from the power source. This is basically to prevent electrical shock since you will be touching some components of the machine. It is important you don’t skip this step.

Step two:

This step will require a physical inspection of the horse. This is to be sure the hose is really clogged. The problem could be from other components of the machine.

Here is a simple way of inspecting a hose:

  • Remove the hose from the vacuum where it is attached. Do this gently so as not to cause physical damage to the hose or other components.
  • If it’s a short hose, you can use visual inspection. Do this in a well-lit room and check for long.
  • A visual method is not always accurate especially if the hose is long. For such a hose, get a small object with a smaller diameter than the hose.
  • Use let’s say a coin and pass it through one end of the hose. If the coin doesn’t come out through the other end then the hose is definitely clogged.

After this, you can proceed to the next step.

Step three:

In this step, you have to detach the tube from the vacuum cleaner. This is not a complicated step and it is very easy to carry out.

Step four:

  • This is where most bulk of the work lies. It is where you remove the clog from the hose.
  • Just make sure the tool does not pierce the hose or cause any injury to you. The most common and easily accessible tool at home is the cold or wire hanger.
  • You will have to straighten the wire hanger so you can trust it. While thrusting make sure to hit all the surface of the hose forcing the clog done.
  • Some clogs require a tougher mechanical stimulation to remove, be careful not to puncture the hose or hit yourself.

Step five:

  • This requires cleaning with an object with a larger diameter. For this, use a broom or any similar object.
  • This tool has a larger diameter and can hit all surfaces forcing the clog out. Caution should be taken while using this so as not to damage the hose.
  • Always remember to be gentle and be sleek with the movement of your wrist while cleaning.

Step six:

  • This is the last step. It involves you sanitizing the hose.
  • Clogged material can give out some really foul smell especially when they come in contact with moisture.
  • Vinegar is a very effective sanitizing agent and is also readily available. Make a vinegar solution then, wrap your broom with any absorbent material. Dip in the vinegar solution and clean through the hose as gently as possible.

Step seven:

  • Fix the hose back to the vacuum and you’re ready to go!

Questions and Answers – (FAQ)

I have followed all these steps but the problem still persist, what can I do?

If after following this step and your machine does not suction well, the problem then is not with the hose. Other components might affect the machine’s ability to suction such as a clogged vacuum or head. The best shot in this scenario is to call for technical help either from the manufacturer or the store.

Is the sanitizing part of the step really necessary?

No, it is not a compulsory step to get the hose running again. But it is definitely useful in eliminating the bad smell that the clogged material might have caused.


A clogged hose is one of the most common problems with a vacuum. Every user should know how to unclog. And that’s why I recommend this article with the best way on how to unclog a vacuum. I will also suggest proper maintenance of the hose and the vacuum entirely to reduce clogging. Learn to keep the machine in good shape always. Avoid vacuuming wet and tiny particles as they are the leading cause of clogs.

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