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Shark Plus Vacuum Instructions

The Shark Plus Vacuum is a wonderful, powerful vacuum.

It provides you with powerful suction at an easy-to-handle weight.

The Shark Plus Euro-Pro comes with a HEPA canister filter so that your home remains allergen-free.

New Shark Plus Euro Pro Super Lightweight QuickClean Canister Vacuum

Below are some simple instructions for running your new vacuum to the best of its capabilities.

Basic Operation

Make sure that every setting is “Off” before connecting the cord to an electrical outlet.

Set the cord container to 180 degrees to loosen the cord. Clear the ground to ensure that no small objects are sucked into the machine as you vacuum. Do not pick up hard or small hard pieces of debris which can accidentally shoot out from the vacuum and leave injury.

Make sure that the cleaned surfaces are dry so that your machine will be protected from possible damage and there will be no risk of electric shock.

Push down the pedal near the base which allows you to adjust the telescoping handle to your most comfortable height. Adjust the the vacuum height so that it fits the surface you are going to vacuum whether it’s bare floor or carpeted. Once you have plugged the machine in, push switch to the “On” position and start vacuuming!

Inserting Attachments

The Shark Plus vacuum has some nifty attachments for easier, better cleaning. For example, if you want to use the hand-held dusting tool, take out the dusting attachment at the back of the machine. Select either the brush for fabric or the hard plastic attachment for hard surfaces.

To insert the attachment to the machine, first push the locking pin then pull up and out. Move the part to the bottom of the wand then turn the vacuum on.

Cleaning the Canister

Cleaning the canister is essential for your vacuum to enjoy optimum suction.

Remember to remove the power cord from the wall before emptying your cleaner. Press the canister release button and pull the part out.

Hold it upside down and push the release button. Place the dust into a trash can.

Final words

In conclusion, the Shark Plus Vacuum is vacuum well worth investing in.

It comes with awesome performance and is easy to operate.

We hope these instructions help you to get swiftly up and running with your Shark Plus.

How to Empty Your Shark Vacuum

Here are some very handy hints on emptying your Shark vacuum.

How to Empty a Shark Vacuum

Shark vacuums include a plastic dust bin for storing debris and dirt instead of using disposable vacuum bags like many other vacuums. This means you don’t need new bags but you will need to empty the dust bin frequently to protect the vacuum from getting clogged or losing suction.

Shark also recommends you empty your vacuum once you finish vacuuming or when the bin appears full if you have just vacuumed a large or particularly dirty area. Emptying is also necessary if you find problems a reduction in suction, dirt being left behind, weird sounds like air gasping or any unpleasant odor.

Emptying it is a simple procedure.

Rotating Brush

First, take the vacuum out.

Then, lay it down on the ground so that the rotating brush is visible. You can put a bag or towel under it to capture the dirt and debris that you’re going to remove.

If your machine is tangled up with hair or string, use a pair of scissors to cut them away. Sometimes you might need to tug a bit.


It is normal to empty the dirt collection canister following use, but sometimes, once a month perhaps, you will have to do more than that. Yes, you will have to clean it with soap and water.

Wash it in a sink filled with warm and soapy water. Use a long-handled bottle brush in order to reach every crevice. As this part doesn’t come with any electrical connections, it doesn’t matter if you submerse it in water.

As soon as the cleaning and rinsing are done, open the two ends again and pop the part outside to air dry.


When you remove the canister, you will find one or more foam rubber filters and some felt ones.

Take them out and place them in order so reassembly will be easier.

Wash both the foam and felt filters but be careful or you will damage the felt ones.

Do not install the filter(s) into the machine at this point. Make sure that they are completely dry first.

Finally, put your washed and rinsed filters outdoors to dry naturally.

When all the parts are clean and dry, reinstall the filters and canister. 

Final verdict

If you take steps to maintain and clean your vacuum properly, it will last you a long time and operate most efficiently.

7 Common Vacuuming Mistakes to Avoid


Vacuuming is an essential part of cleaning the house. It not only keeps your house looking sharp but can also help to keep potentially harmful allergens to a minimum.

It seems simple to vacuum but make sure to avoid these rudimentary mistakes.

1. Don’t Vacuum In Every Direction

Many users vacuum their carpets in one linear way like they are mowing a lawn. This makes it impossible to dislodge dust completely, especially the dirt and allergens which sit deep in the fibers of your carpet. Vacuum instead in all directions. The purpose of this is to minimum the often invisible nasties which can lurk in deep pile

2. Don’t Forget To Empty The Vacuum Bin Frequently

Your vacuum can only work at its very best when its removable cylinder or bag is less than half full, so remember to empty your vacuum regularly. This is not complicated at all but contributes considerably to your machine’s working efficiency. You just need to press a button and empty a cylindrical dust chamber. Remember to check how much dust and dirt is in your cleaner frequently so that you can have the optimum emptying action and you will not waste your time and energy repairing your cleaner

3. Rushing The Job

Many users race around their rooms with a vacuum cleaner without allowing enough suction time. This is a serious mistake. So to avoid it, move your vacuum slowly and intentionally and let the motorized brush agitate the fibers in your carpet and remove any dust and dirt lodged deep in the pile

4. Don’t Use Improper Attachments

A real vacuum cleaner often comes with different tools to clean every area in your house. Unfortunately, many people don’t know to make use of the attachments or make use of them incorrectly; as a result, the edges of a room are often neglected during the vacuuming process

5. Don’t Forget To Adjust The Settings 

Vacuum cleaners are available with different settings for hard floors or for carpets. So, as you move from cleaning carpet to cleaning floors, make sure that the setting has been adjusted for best results

6. Take A Reactive Approach

A really clean house is cleaned day by day even if it doesn’t look like it needs cleaning. Instead of waiting until your floors are visibly dirty or covered in dust, clean every day as a precautionary measure

7. Prepare Before Cleaning

If there is too much clutter, debris and furniture in your house, you cannot thoroughly vacuum it. Move any likely obstacles. Also, clear away the dust before vacuuming to avoid covering your carpets in dust from the fixtures and surfaces you clean. This advice is also sound for rugs and mats which should be taken outside for an airing before getting vacuumed.

Avoid these schoolboy errors and make vacuuming a simple, seamless procedure.

How To Choose the Best Vacuum

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There are now a huge number of vacuum cleaners on the market and it can be confusing if you simply want to choose the best vacuum for your needs.

Here is a useful 12-step guide walking you through what you should consider if you want to make the right choice.

1. Types of vacuum cleaners

This article deals with two types of vacuum cleaners, uprights and canisters.

Uprights have traditionally been among the favorite vacuum cleaners in the U.S. and Great Britain. In Europe and the rest of the world, most people prefer canisters.

Uprights often include a revolving brush roll. Sometimes they have just one motor to provide the suction and turn the agitator brush. Other models have two motors, one for providing suction and the other for driving the brush.

What about canisters? They are by far the most flexible vacuum cleaner design. They introduce great performance on carpet, smooth floors and above-the-floor surfaces as well. The cleaning tools that this vacuum cleaner types offer are used with a hose and wand so they are more maneuverable than uprights and you can easily access areas under furniture as well as tight spaces.

There are three types of canister vacuum cleaners. All of these types include a hose, wands and tool attachments floor tools. The difference lies on the floor tools.

The first canister type, the straight suction vacuum cleaner, has a floor tool of a simple, non-revolving brush to clean hard floors and flat carpets.

The second type of canister makes use of a turbo or turbine floor tool. It also has a revolving brush power-driven by the airflow produced by the canister’s suction motor.

The third type of canister has a power brush floor tool which is often found in upright vacuum cleaners. A separate electric motor makes the power brush revolve brush roll. This type of canister is often referred to as a power team.

2. Bag or Bagless – Which Vacuum Is Better

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Besides upright or canister, the other main difference between vacuum cleaners is whether it’s bagless or has a dust bag. For most people, this issue depends on personal preference. If any of your family members have allergies or asthma or if you care about your indoor air quality, a vacuum with a dust bag is generally the better option.

Of course, there’s nothing naturally wrong with bagless vacuums. The better ones are able to clean better. But allergy and asthma sufferers should consider all the dust first because they will be easily exposed to if they use a bagless vacuum.

In addition, most bagless vacuum cleaner can remove dust, allergens and crud which you then need to remove from your house and put into something before throwing it away.

Many bagless vacuums come with filters. The allergens and dirt that you have just removed can be put back into your home due to these filters.

Dirt travels through the whole vacuum cleaner system. The nature of bagless design makes it virtually impossible to seal a bagless vacuum for dirty air leakage through non-filtered openings.

3. Choose the Best Vacuum Cleaner Based On Your Own Cleaning Needs

Assess the surfaces that you are going to clean.

If your floor cleaning includes anything like high ceilings, elaborate light fixtures or ceiling fans, you will need some specialized attachments. Make sure that the vacuum cleaner comes with the reach, flexibility and proper tools to do those jobs.

But the major use of the vacuum is to clean flooring. If your house has stairs, you should consider a canister because uprights are not designed to clean stairs efficiently. Even with attachments, trying to clean stairs with an upright is tricky. Of course, it can perform, but the results will not as good as your expectation because you upright’s revolving brush is not designed to clean stair treads or areas of high traffic.

If you have no stairs in your house and your house is largely synthetic fiber (nylon, olefin or polyester) wall-to-wall carpeting, an upright with smooth floor cleaning capability and the basic attachments to clean above the floor surfaces is recommended.

However, many houses nowadays have a smooth floor with combination of a range of materials, area rugs and even some wall-to-wall carpeting. So if you own a house like this, a canister will be ideal for carpet cleaning.

4. Traffic and Carpet Soiling

The amount of traffic and the type of carpet soiling in your house are also important factors when you are about to choose a vacuum cleaner.

Most carpet soiling is from the shoes of people or the feet of pets.

If your house has synthetic fiber carpeting and/or rugs and high traffic, consider a vacuum cleaner with destructive bristles on the revolving brush. Vacuum cleaners with dense, stiff bristles are great for removing these dry soils from the carpet pile where they can be brushed from the surface of the carpet and cleaned away.

Another dry soil which won’t abrade your fiber but is one of the most pervasive is dog or cat hair. Pet hair is most effectively removed with a revolving brush with stiff, densely packed brushes.

If you don’t have much traffic and no special soiling conditions in your house, you can opt for a less aggressive vacuum cleaner. However, the general rule of thumb is to choose the most hostile vacuum cleaner that your carpet and rug fibers can safely stand.

5. Carpet Fibers

Most carpets today are made of synthetic fibers.

Synthetic fibers are very durable so you can choose the most fesity household vacuum cleaner without fear of fiber damage.

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Natural fibers, however, need to be treated more gently. The most popular natural fiber used in wall-to-wall carpeting is wool.

Wool is a very sturdy fiber but it still needs to be vacuumed carefully. A revolving brush can be a good choice in this case but the bristles must be flexible and not densely backed on the brush roll so that they won’t fuzz the yarns and wear the carpet out prematurely.

Last but not least, remember to always check the manufacturer’s recommended instructions before buying a new vacuum cleaner and here are some rules of thumb to follow:

  • If you own a synthetic fiber carpet and/or rugs, you can chose the most aggressive vacuum cleaner. Upright or canister are both suitable options. If your carpets or rugs are made of wool or other natural fibers, a power brush with flexible and forgiving bristles is a smart choice because you can vacuum without damaging the fibers. The softer, more flexible bristles are available primarily on power team canisters but there are also some uprights with less aggressive bristles
  • Most houses have just one or two types of carpet but if yours includes many different carpets and bare floor varieties, consider a vacuum which offers these tools

Here’s a small recommendation for the styles of carpets and the type of vacuum best suitable for them, you can refer to it then pick the best item for yourself.

Carpet TypeRecommended Vacuum Type
Loop (knotted yarn)Upright or Canister w/ extra soft bristle brush
Cut Pile (cut yarn)Cut Pile (cut yarn) Upright or Canister w/ heavy-duty motorized brush
Frisee (twisted yarn)Upright or Canister w/ adjustable height
Woven (needlepoint)Canister w/ suction only rug tool
Wool LoopCanister w/ suction only rug tool
Wool PileUpright or Canister w/ extra soft-bristle brush
SilkCanister w/ suction-only rug tool
SisalCanister w/ specialty tool
Shag (2 inches or more)Canister w/ shag rake tool

6. Vacuum Cleaner Performance

The most important elements in terms of performance are water lift, suction and airflow.

Many manufacturers advertise the watts or amps of their vacuum cleaners. These reveal the power of the vacuum motor but this style of advertising has made customers confused between “power” and “performance.” Watts and amps show you how much electrical power the vacuum cleaner’s motor is going to use, not how much suction power the machine produces to trap dirt and soil. So you need to know the vacuum suction. In most cases, a 10-amp motor allows for more suction power than a 12-amp one.

The key ratings are airflow and sealed suction. With canister vacuum cleaners, an airflow of 100 CFM or more is recommended.

7. Filtration

One more important but often overlooked part of cleaning is the capability of the vacuum cleaner to hold in dirt and fine particulates.

If a vacuum cleaner doesn’t come with high levels of filtration, these particles will simply travel through the vacuum cleaner and then back into the air in the room.

Most quality vacuum cleaners will do the job of filtering properly. If any of your family members are allergy or asthma sufferers or have any other health condition which is aggravated by fine particles or allergens in the indoor air, a high filtration or HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filtration vacuum cleaner is a good option.

8. Quality and Durability

The quality of your vacuum cleaner is also a vital factor that determines how long your vacuum can serve you: a year, many years or decades?

To evaluate durability, look at the build quality.

Look for solid components with a good fit and finish but no rough edges. The seals should be heavy duty.

Watch out for the length and specifics of the warranty. A longer warranty, especially on the motor, is a good sign.

9. Ease of Use

No matter how great a vacuum cleaner is in terms of specifications, it also needs to be easy to use.

No matter what your specific situation is, make sure that the vacuum cleaner you choose will feel good in your hand and don’t need too much effort to operate.

You should be able to get under furniture or around corners easily.

10. Noise Level

Noise is also a significant factor to consider.

Some vacuum cleaners are so noisy that they are almost unbearable to use. Conversely, good vacuums can operate quite comfortably and quietly and you can even hear the phone or doorbell ring while cleaning.

Think about how important noise levels are and choose accordingly.

11. Capacity

The capacity of a vacuum cleaner is reflected by the size of the dust bag or cup. The bigger it is, the less often you need to change a new one.

If you have a large home with a lot of traffic, like kids and pets, you’ll of course have greater amounts to vacuum. so opt for one fit for purpose.

12. Attachments

Most quality vacuum cleaners provide a set of accessory tools that help to perfect your vacuuming job by covering most floor and above-floor vacuuming needs.

But there are some jobs that require special tools to make the job possible or easier.

Consider the versatile crevice tool. In fact, the standard crevice tool can works fine for most normal situation, but it struggles reaching corners or behind appliances. A flexible crevice tool is the solution. It’s longer than a standard one and has a nozzle that is gently bendable to access behind furniture and appliances and reach awkward corners.

Another awesome tool is the soft-bristle dusting brush. It’s bigger than a regular brush and comes with softer bristles for gently cleaning knick-knacks, lampshades and other fragile items. There’s also a model which allows you to adjust the angle of the brush making it easier to clean items such as high shelves or ceiling fans.

Final Words

Think about all of the above factors which play a crucial role in choosing the best vacuum.

Consider your personal cleaning requirements, do your research and read plenty of user reviews.


Do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any further queries.