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let’s come clean about washable filters.

true or false?

AFTER WASHING, They perform just as well as non-washable filters.


Washable filters may lose their effectiveness after washing, which could impact your vacuum’s suction power and overall performance. If you have a HEPA filter, it may no longer meet HEPA filtration standards after washing.

They can be washed and reused over and over again.


These filters can only be washed and reused so many times before they start to affect your vacuum’s performance.



A washable foam filter is cut to form and looks like a sponge. A washable pleated filter is made from water-resistant material folded into tiny pleats. Though they’re designed for different applications, pleated filters generally work better, since the pleats are able to capture more particles than foam.

it’s ok if your filter is a little damp.


If you wash and reuse a washable filter, rinse with warm water (no soap) — and make sure your filter is completely dry before being used in the vacuum again. A damp filter could get caked with dirt, affect the performance of the motor or even cause mold to grow. It’s a good idea to keep a dry spare filter on hand for use while you’re washing the original.

They save money in the long run.


Washable filters don’t last forever. There’s no standard for when they lose effectiveness, but due to wear and tear, you’ll have to replace them eventually (generally every 3 to 6 months, which is the same as a non-washable filter).

To help your vacuum perform, a non-washable filter that’s replaced regularly is your best bet.