Cleaning Carpet Cleaner Brushes?

Does any have any ideas for how to clean the rotating brushes on my Hoover Steam Vac carpet cleaner? I've taken them off, soaked them in the sink, put them in the dishwasher, but there is still carpet fibers and hair that is stuck in the brush heads. Is there an easy way to clean these to get the build up out of the brush heads?


By JARED DELLINGER from Columbus, OH

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April 6, 20090 found this helpful

Use a sharp pair of scissors, a knife or box cutter, and cut carefully around the bar between the rows of bristles. Then pull the hair and fibers loose after cutting through them. Try using a sharp knife,box cutter or scissors to cut thru the fibers and hair by running the blade around the roller between the bristles. Then pull them out and wash the roller. This works on my vacuum. Hope it helps.

April 7, 20090 found this helpful

An old crochet hook, or latch hook rug hook, with the closure on the hook removed, works for me.

April 7, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks for the feedback! I will try those methods. I was hoping for a little less manual solutions, like a solvent to just dissolve the fibers and hair...of course, without damaging the brush!


I guess the cut, hook and pull method will work fine. Something I can do during commercials! :) Thanks again.


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April 13, 20090 found this helpful

I use my seam ripper, kelly clamps (electronic shop) for so many things and this is just one of them.

April 14, 20090 found this helpful

You will all ways have his problem with hairs and fluff,a common problem. The build up of debris on the Hoover roller brushes will result in loss of suction as well. Fit a "Hairyhog" attachment and you should limit the build up on the roller.


Great for ingrained hairs which the rotating brushes do not remove.Tyres for the "Hairyhog"last for months and are inexpensive. Hope this solves your problem.

September 3, 20170 found this helpful

I use a cat flea comb and comb out buildup in the green brushes. But I do this when the brushes are dry.

April 9, 20180 found this helpful

Spent 30 minutes on internet never found how to remove the brushes to clean
Flea comb-OM brilliant

May 23, 20180 found this helpful

I use one of those six-inch, cheap, black men's hair combs. Takes all the fibers and hair right out when they are dry. Then I clean the brushes by soaking in Dawn dish soap.

June 3, 20180 found this helpful

Use one of those fine metal combs they use for removing knits from headlice. Knit comb. U need it to be metal and fine, works best.

March 26, 20190 found this helpful

I laughed out loud when I saw the image of the woman holding the brush assembly of her hoover carpet cleaner under running water in the sink. There you are! clean! This is a picture of my brushes after shampooing carpets. Despite vacuuming every day and before shampooing, there is always fur stuck deep down in the bristles and inside the brush shield. The same happens inside of the suction area at the front of the machine, fur is pulled up into it when sucking in the dirty water. I have to insert a long metal fingernail file and work it out.


It takes me over an hour to work out the fur with a metal comb and using tweezers and whatever else will work to remove the fur from the inside. Whoever designed the brush assembly has never had pets! It is the worst part of caring for the machine!

And we have a small (10 lb.) Rat Terrier/Chihuahua mix and two short hair cats , all three are brushed and combed twice a week. My husband is bald so he doesnt contribute.

They need to come up with a more clean friendly design! (My Hoover Max brushes after use, loaded with fur)

April 21, 20190 found this helpful

Honestly I usually just use a razor blade for this sort of thing, but if you're concerned about safety and/or damaging the agitators you may want to try a Seam Ripper. It is a tool that is designed for carefully splitting seams and removing thread/stitching when sewing.


It works well for removing hair and carpet fibers from vacuums because it allows you to "hook" the fibers/hair and cut them loose in a single motion without dragging a sharp edge on the agitator. That's how I maintain mine Shark (third here - we have a pyrenee and two long haired cats.

Also, most brushes in vacs (can't tell for your model though) are removable, so check for tutorials It might help you a lot.

December 7, 20190 found this helpful

You put it in the dishwasher?!

March 31, 20200 found this helpful

Hello. March 2020. I read this article. I was about to purchase metal lice comb on amazon for 2 dollars canadian. I decided to use the tools or my own know how.


1. I soaks my head assembly. hoover 42-3800-57 into bucket of water and i put in paint de-greasing agent (powder. Email me and i will send u pic of box). Next time i would just use regular dish soap. cinniors@gmail dott comm

2. Why am i doing this? I checked my bill... 2 yrs ago i purchase 2 units for 15.99 US and now it is 45 US just for 1 unit on the website. Also this helps reduce waste and unit going to landfill.

3. I soaked unit for 2 days. I rinse unit in water and dried it...2 days or so. Just sun light and normal vancouver spring covid 19 weather.

4. I took assembly apart. I was careful. I use plastic tools... looks like flat head but plastic instead of metal. Brush head is basically 4 parts. 2 side plastic that is clear or semi translucent... middle piece that is sorta white in color and its holds 5 round green scrubbies...

5. I use metal thin head... i took unit is snap on design and snap back on design...

6. I removed all the clogged hair and fibre looks almost new.

7. For full pics or more detail... email me at the email above...

Without this article... i would have ordered new unit and throw out my old one..

April 6, 20200 found this helpful

A garden hose with the nozzle set to jet works well. Remove the rotating brushes completely from the brush assembly. Each rotating brush has ten small individual brushes. Hit each of the ten individual brushes with the water jet until clean. This can use a good bit of water but it does the job.

March 16, 20211 found this helpful

OK Folks, I arrived here the same way you did, but I was determined to find a more practical way than the other suggestions. Just found the one that works for me and thought I'd share. I've got a couple cats and about 3000 sqf of carpeting. My brushes get worse than any of the pics I've seen. I used a long, steel bristled welding brush (very cheap) and am pretty amazed how good a job it did. I soaked the unit in soapy water first before brushing down each side, spinning the wheels a quarter turn, then repeating. Only took me a couple minutes (took me longer to find the welding brush!!! lol!) Attached is a pic of the cleaned brushes and the welding brush. Hope this helps.


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