My carpet stuffed up my vacuum!
May 22, 2010 4:56 AM Subscribe
How do I clean out a vacuum hose that has been blocked by light carpet fibers left over from carpet installation?
posted by khelvan to home & garden (10 answers total)
I have a Bissell Powerforce vacuum cleaner that is having a hell of a time with the carpet at the apartment we have lived in for several months now. It turns out that the carpet is brand new, and whoever installed it prior to us renting this place apparently did not do a good job of vacuuming up the loose carpet fiber after laying it down, if they even used a vacuum at all.
So now, whenever I try to vacuum the carpet, I have to watch out for blockages. Unfortunately I forgot about this and after a good vacuuming, both the hose to the carpet attachment and the internal hose are completely blocked by soft yet compacted carpet fibers. Now these aren't the threads that you might pull out of a carpet, they are the individual fibers that are woven together to form each strand. Almost like thousands of tiny hairs blocking my hose.
So using a bent clothes hanger has been useless. I have been unable to pull out more than a few inches of the stuff, and that only because it was close enough to manipulate easily. Otherwise I can't get a hold of the fibers enough to pull them out. On the other hand, nothing I've been able to push in is large or strong enough to push the fibers out the other end, as even though they have compacted they give easily and things I push in just seem to push into the fibers and then go nowhere. I tend to have a very hard time pushing anything in reliably because of the peaks and valleys along the hose (the ones that allow it to stretch/compress like an accordion).
So I'm at a loss as to how to proceed. Does anyone have any experience with this, or have any ideas on how I can get this crap out of the hose? (And, possibly, how to prevent it from accumulating again in the future)