Your Cordless Stick Vac Needs a Bath—Photo Tutorial

Rarely do I gush. But gush I do over my Eufy Cordless Stick Vac*. Can’t help it. Eufy is so handy, easy to use and serves us so well in our home, office, garage and alas, my husband’s woodworking shop.

Eufy HomeVac Lightweight Cordless Upright-Style Vacuum Cleaner (NOT to be confused with the Eufy Duo 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, of which I am not such a fan) is not a broom, not a mop and not even a substitute for a good vacuum cleaner.

*Update: As of Jan. 2019, Eufy Cordless Stick Vac has been discontinued. We have replaced it in our Best Inexpensive line-up with Deik Cordless Stick Vac which had a short life until it too was discontinued. I know … crazy. But not to worry. The Hoover Linx has both of them beat and it is fantastic. This Tutorial is applicable to all of these vacs in case you have a Eufy, a Deik or even a new Hoover Linx (Amazon and Walmart). 

Deik Cordless Stick Vac


A stick vac is sorta’ (kinda’) like an electric broom that picks up dust, dirt, hair, fur, cat litter and all manner of debris from hard surface floors and from the surface of low-pile carpet.

Hoover Linx (Amazon and Walmart) is cordless, super lightweight with a swivel head and sports a Lithium-ion battery that holds a charge like … forever!

These stick vacs are unique in that they stand up alone, unlike most of their competitors that must be laid on the floor or hung from a hook. Hoover Linx is especially awesome. And inexpensive. But even Hoover Linx cannot go very long without a decent cleaning and a good bath.

Linx needs to be emptied and cleaned often or she will stop picking up all the stuff you need to be picked up. If your Linx isn’t working as well as it did in the beginning, this photo tutorial is for you. If you do not own a cordless stick vac, you will soon once you see how easy this is. Just 20 minutes start to finish.

I empty the dirt cup on my Linx every time I use it, which is almost daily. Easy. I give Linx a “bath” every few weeks or when it is looking particularly grungy. Like yesterday when I also took photos of the process.

Keep in mind that my husband sneaks Linx out of the house and into his woodworking shop to clean up sawdust, which means sawdust, tiny chunks of wood and even small nails. Yikes! I’m not sure Linx was created for his kinds of tasks, but so far, with routine maintenance, she cleans as well for us as she did on the day she arrived more than a year ago.

Heads up: Not every part of Linx can be submerged in warm, soapy water. I will point out the two sections that should be cleaned with a damp cloth only.

Here’s my Eufy in serious need of a good cleaning (which I still use and enjoy along with my venerable Deik!), and it’s been only a week since the last cleaning. Clearly, she’s been in the woodshop. Note: These same directives will apply to Hoover Linx.

Full and dirty stick vac


Dirty stick vac


Full stick vac

Step 1: Press the RELEASE button to remove the dust collector. Hang on to it with one hand so it doesn’t fall out once released!

Release button to empty stick vac

Release button to empty stick vac

Step 2: Carefully twist the HEPA-style filter that sits at the top and inside the Dust Collector and pull it out. Shake it off over a trash can to keep the mess at a minimum.

Taking the filter out of the stick vac


Dirty filter on the stick vac

Step 3: Open the latch at the bottom of the Dust Collector so you can dump out all of the contents (into a trash can would be better than a piece of parchment paper as shown for photography purposes).

Dirty filter on counter with canister still full of dirt


Canster empty on counter

Step 4. Pull out the filter assembly piece from the top. This has a tight fit, but can be easily coaxed out. (Seriously, Eufy … where have you been?!)



Pulling the empty canaster apart to clean

You should have three separate pieces: Dust Collector, HEPA-style filter, and filter assembly housing.

Hands showing canaster empty with contents on counter

Step 5: Disassemble the vacuum by locating the release button as shown. This may take a little muscle if you have not taken this apart previously.

Takeing apart stick vac to clean

This is where the electrical connection is, so make a visual note of how it is connected.

Takeing apart stick vac to clean

The long handle piece has two holes you need to check, making sure there’s nothing stuck between the two. I’ve had this completely jammed packed in the past when something like a grocery receipt got in there and backed everything up. I needed a wire coat hanger to get all of it to surrender. No wonder Eufy had stopped picking up anything.

The pathway between these two openings must be completely clear and free of debris.

Showing where to clean the stick vac

Showing where to clean the stick vac

Step 6: Remove the roller brush from vacuum head. Note that one side has a latch-clip. Push it forward to release.

Show how to take the roller brush out

Now you can release the latch and lift out the brush roller.

Show how to take the roller brush out

Step 7. Clean the roller brush of everything that’s gotten tangled around it—hair, thread, fur, whatever. Use scissors to cut the debris rather trying to unroll. Pull and dispose of everything that’s gotten attached to the brush roller.

Taking hair out of the roller brush

Step 8. Fill a basin or bowl with warm soapy water. Time to take a bath.

Cleaning the filter of the stick vac

Start with the HEPA-style filter. It’s made of heavy paper, but washes well and will last for many of this kind of cleaning. (Replacements available HERE.) I even take a soft brush to it. Once rinsed, set aside to dry. I blot it well with a towel, then set it in the sun to dry. Takes a few hours or overnight. This is why it’s nice to have two filters.

Cleaning the filter of the stick vac

Next, the filter assembly …

Cleaning the filter of the stick vac

… then the roller brush.

Cleaning the roller brush

Followed by the Dust Collector.

Washing canister of the stick vac


Washing the canister in the sink


Drying the canister

Step 9: Clean the vacuum head (the part that runs on the floor) … BUT DO NOT SUBMERGE it in water. Clean it thoroughly with a damp cloth—inside and out.

Finshed cleaning the stick vac

Clean the vacuum handle in like manner—with a damp cloth. DO NOT SUBMERGE.

Wwiping down the stick vac


Wwiping down the stick vac

Step 10: Once the filter is completely dry, it’s time to put Eufy back together again. Start by putting the roller brush back into the vacuum head making sure it is fully engaged.

Roller being placed back into the stick vac

Close the latching making sure it clicks to lock it in.

Sticking the roller back into the stick vac

Reassemble the filter into the housing piece and then both into the Dust Collector. Replace into the vacuum handle.

Putting the filter back together

Reattach the vacuum head and the vacuum handle being careful to line up the electrical connections between the two. Easy!

Putting the stick vac back together

Press the power button to make sure Eufy is all put back together and ready to get dirty again. Then stand back and admire your work. So pretty!

Stick vac all clean


Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vac (Amazon and Walmart).

Yesterday’s post: How to Get Rid of Stubborn Household Odors 

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9 replies
  1. Deena Costley
    Deena Costley says:

    I didn’t know you could clean a hepa filter like that. Think the little filter in the Eufy robo vac is cleanable that way too?

    • Mary Hunt
      Mary Hunt says:

      Yes! At least I clean mine from Eufy robot. It’s very heavy paper and cleans up easily. I’ve even cleaned furnace filters and the filters in my Sharks. Guess I’m just a filter-cleanin’ fool! Just make sure you let it dry thoroughly. If its wet, stuff will really stick and get hardened. And that would also open up the possibility of growing mold/mildew in there. Stinky and not too healthy 🙂

  2. InterestedParty
    InterestedParty says:

    It seems as if the Eufy cleans well if your mess is in the middle of the room. However, how well does it work at the edges of the room, against baseboards, furniture, etc. (places where you usually need the hose of a regular vacuum to effectively clean)?

  3. Sandie Anderson
    Sandie Anderson says:

    Amazon has a link to a newer model of the Eufy you are recommending. It is only $80. Would you recommend that model??

    • InterestedParty
      InterestedParty says:

      Amazon has since raised the price of the white newer model to $109.99, whereas the black older model is still $99.99. You can apply a $10 Amazon coupon to either (not sure how long that will last). I hesitated and didn’t purchase at the $80 price. However, still concerned how well it cleans against edges.

    • Mary Hunt
      Mary Hunt says:

      The model you refer to is the white version—otherwise it is the same machine! Good find for those who enjoy a white option!

      • Sandie Anderson
        Sandie Anderson says:

        Great!! Since I went to Amazon from your link, I think you will get the credit even though I bought a different model. Thanks so much for sharing about great products.

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