How to Use a Blower in a Vacuum Cleaner?

Vacuum cleaners with blowers now include plenty of different models, ranging from battery-powered models to bagless and cordless models. Some are also motorised, so you can use them to clean stairs, and others have a suction jet or side brush to help you clean behind the furniture.

One of the most useful gadgets on the market is a blower or air-powered cleaner. It’s compact and easy to use and is a great way to get rid of a lot of dirt from the carpet or ceiling.

You might be reluctant to use your vacuum cleaner with a blower – after all, the back of the cleaner contains bags of dirt, dust, dog hair and other clogs and debris which need to be cleaned out.

Well, here’s the good news – it’s easy to use. We’ll explain exactly how to use a blower in a vacuum cleaner.

How to use a blower

  • Find the cleaner nozzle and attach it to the tip of the vacuum cleaner hose. The blower head with the hose is located next to the motor at the back of your vacuum cleaner. The head of the blower is connected to a sensor at the bottom of the cleaner. 
  • Put the tool on top of the cleaner and clip the wires that run to the batteries in the blower into the vacuum cleaner. Power it up and remove the plug from the cleaner. Turn it on and use the vacuum cleaner with the blower set to high.
  • All the dirt, dust, hair and other mess will be sucked out of the cleaner with little effort on your part. When the cleaner is emptied, place it back into the box and take it home to be cleaned by a professional.
  • The only downside to using a blower with your vacuum cleaner is that it takes a little bit of getting used to it. Make sure you hold the blower upright – a lot of dust and hair will be sucked out, but it will be too heavy for you to hold comfortably.
  • It’s worth trying it out a few times before you put anything in there and leave it for a few weeks. You’ll probably be surprised at how little effort it takes to clean your vacuum cleaner – and you’ll save money on professional cleaning bills too.
  • Pull the vacuum cleaner out of the box with the blower on to clean the bag. Then take the blower apart and give your vacuum cleaner a good clean.

If you’re worried about inhaling dust, don’t clean the vacuum cleaner with a blower. Invest in a dusting brush instead, which is excellent for getting to the corners and nooks and crannies that the blower won’t reach. The dusting brush is a better option when cleaning a vacuum cleaner with a blower for two reasons: One, it lets you dust a little faster. Two, the dusting brush is less likely to pick up dust and debris that’s floating in the air and be blown to your face.

It’s also a smart idea to clean your blower right before using it, not letting dust build-up on the filter or housing. But it’s worth remembering that all vacuums can collect dust over time — especially when they’re not in use.

If you’re planning on buying a new vacuum cleaner shortly, check out our vacuum cleaner reviews to make sure you’re choosing one that’s worth the money.