This weekend will likely involve some housecleaning. The tools you use to clean need to be cleaned themselves from time to time, including your vacuum. Wash the filter. To clean your vacuum cleaner, you’ll begin with the things that are easiest to take out. If you have a washable filter, remove that, wash it, and leave it out to dry in the sun if you can. Clean your roller brush. The easiest way to do this is with a seam ripper. The task is easy and the results are immediately apparent. Plus pulling giant globs of hair out from around that roller bar is satisfying. Clean out the hoses with baking soda and vinegar. Detach the hose from the vacuum, sprinkle some baking soda down into the tubes, and then follow with a vinegar chaser. The fizzing will help push out the grime that clings to the inside walls of your hoses and tubes. Rinse thoroughly with water. Make sure everything dries completely before you replace it. Not only will your vacuum look better, it should run efficiently. This means it’ll clean better and you and it won’t have to work as hard, which in turn means that it’ll last longer and that you’ll get the most bang for your buck.