How to Clean a Brush Roll

Nov 18, 2019

How to Clean a Brush Roll

How to Clean a Brush Roll

Sometimes, when vacuum cleaners start to lose suction or just aren’t picking up as well it’s because the brush roll has too much hair wrapped around it. It is a good idea to regularly check your vacuum’s brush roll and remove hair as it builds up.

In this video, we show you how to clean almost any brush roll using our amazing technique!

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 


In this video we show two different brush rolls – one from a Kirby vacuum cleaner and the other from a Rainbow. They both have quite a bit of hair wrapped around them and we’ll be using a straight razor to remove it. A hook blade works best, but for this demonstration we’re using a straight one.

Remember: never cut toward yourself! Just take your blade and cut the hair away from yourself. It may take a few passes to get all of the hair.

When you’ve cut through the hairs you can start grabbing handfuls and pull it from the brushes.

For the Kirby brush we’ll demonstrate a new specialty tool, which will be available on our website soon. It was designed to remove hair from brush rolls!

To use it, just slide the hook under the hair and slide it along the surface of the brush roll. As you do, the hook will catch the hairs and the blade will cut through them.

Same as above – as you cut through clumps of hair you’ll be able to pull it from the brushes and discard.

If you need any parts, supplies or have any questions, email us at or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more educational videos.