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 Deck or even a new Hoover Linx (Amazon and Walmart).
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 the 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 from 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.
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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!
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.
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).
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?!)
You should have three separate pieces: Dust Collector, HEPA-style filter, and filter assembly housing.
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.
This is where the electrical connection is, so make a visual note of how it is connected.
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.
Step 6: Remove the roller brush from vacuum head. Note that one side has a latch-clip. Push it forward to release.
Now you can release the latch and lift out the brush roller.
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.
Step 8. Fill a basin or bowl with warm soapy water. Time to take a bath.
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.
Next, the filter assembly …
… then the roller brush.
Followed by the Dust Collector.
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.
Clean the vacuum handle in like manner—with a damp cloth. DO NOT SUBMERGE.
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.
Close the latching making sure it clicks to lock it in.
Reassemble the filter into the housing piece and then both into the Dust Collector. Replace into the vacuum handle.
Reattach the vacuum head and the vacuum handle being careful to line up the electrical connections between the two. Easy!
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!
Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vac (Amazon and Walmart).