Smelly Miele Vacuum – What Can Be Done?

Before we had children of our own, my husband and I volunteered in our church nursery. Being young and naive, we took the helm of the 2-year old class with ideas of cute crafts and lots of laughs. Obviously, that was foolish. When you’re thrown into the trenches with fifteen toddlers screaming for their mommies, it’s simply a matter of survival. And so, the finger-painting projects were replaced with something incredibly more powerful; the one thing that gave us an upper hand over even the unruliest of anklebiter; the animal cookie.

When that snack cart made its way to our room each Sunday, we found our salvation, all right. It turns out you can get a tot to do almost anything with the lure of those sugar-filled, playfully shaped, wheat crackers. And so we fed them, possibly to the chagrin of their parents, and we continued to feed them until that blessed stroke of the clock that released their mommy from service. The benefit: a manageable, happy classroom experience. The drawback: hundreds of crushed and crusted cookie bits that had to be vacuumed up from the carpeting. And that leads me to today’s topic: stinky vacuums.

Why Do Vacuums Smell?

Miele vacuum hepa filterThe air that is suctioned in as you vacuum carries with it the dust, dirt, hair, and fur from your surfaces. Larger items are captured in the dirt bag and smaller items are captured by the filter – until they’re eventual removed. But the absolute smallest particles can leak through and, ultimately, settle within the unit itself. These tiny bits begin to build over time and will eventually start to smell. When you turn on your vacuum for an errand, that stink will leak into your home through the vacuum’s exhaust.

Essentially, all vacuums smell. Even if you change your bag and filter regularly, a vacuum that has been in use for a few years will begin to stink. Some smell more than others – especially when pets are involved. The vacuumed fur and dander can grow to be quite unbearable. Every time you power on your vacuum the whole house smells like a wet dog. Yuck.

But Aren’t Miele Vacuums The Best?

miele_group_for_heroYes, your Miele is a superior vacuum cleaner, however, that doesn’t mean it’s immune to odors. Miele vacuums feature some of the most prestigious filtration systems available. They exceed the quality of commonly-found cleaners by leaps and bounds. But the fact remains, if you’re vacuuming up waste in your home, it will eventually take a stinky toll on any appliance. In other words, if your Miele is stinky – just imagine how gross a cheap vacuum must smell!

Another key difference between your Miele and someone else’s big-box store vacuum is that you actually have high-quality options to correct the issue…

How Can I Refresh My Stinky Miele?

Miele vacuum cleaners feature a dirt bag and an exhaust filter. Both of these items are designed to be changed regularly, depending on use. Miele offers an array of bags and filters to suit different needs. To combat odors, Miele introduced their line of Active AirClean Charcoal filters.

0085993_miele-sf-aa50-active-airclean-charcoal-filter.jpegCharcoal is widely known for its odor absorption. Unlike a scented solution, charcoal doesn’t just cover up a smell. It actually absorbs odors and stores them within its molecular make-up. The brains at Miele understood this makes for an ideal and natural filtration method. And so, they incorporated active charcoal into their already stellar AirClean filter line and created the Active AirClean Charcoal Filters.

To find the correct charcoal filter for your Miele, check out the lists below.

SF-AA30 Active AirClean Charcoal Filter

0088785_miele-sf-aa30-active-airclean-charcoal-filterThe correct filter for the following models:

  • S300 Series
  • S400 Series
  • S500 Series
  • S600 Series
  • S700 Series
  • S2000 Series
  • S7000 Series
  • Classic C1 Series
  • Dynamic U1 Series

SF-AA50 Active AirClean Charcoal Filter

0085521_miele-sf-aa50-active-airclean-charcoal-filterThe correct filter for the following models:

  • S4000 Series
  • S5000 Series
  • S6000 Series
  • S8000 Series
  • Compact C1 Series
  • Compact C2 Series
  • Complete C3 Series
  • Complete C2 Limited

SF-AA 10 Active AirClean Charcoal Filter

0088761_miele-sf-aa-10-active-airclean-charcoal-filter_200The correct filter for the following models:

  • S142 Universal Upright
  • S143 Universal Upright
  • S146 Universal Upright
  • S147 Universal Upright
  • S148 Universal Upright
  • S157 Universal Upright Little Giant
  • S163 Universal Upright
  • S168 Universal Upright
  • S194 Quickstep Upright
  • Swing H1

But What About HEPA?

For many Miele owners, one of the key aspects they loved about Miele vacuums was their exceptional HEPA bags and filters. In fact, if you battle asthma, allergies, or other respiratory issues, then a HEPA filter is a must. Unfortunately, Miele’s HEPA filters do not include active charcoal. So it may feel like you have to choose between your health and a stinky vacuum.

Not so!

0080110_rustys-cure-vacuum-odor-eliminator.pngIf you require the superior filtration of the HEPA system, there is still a solution to treat the odors in your vacuum. In fact, Rusty’s Cure was developed for that very reason.

Rusty’s Cure is a patent pending solution available only at The idea came from Central Vacuum Stores’ owner and novice inventor, Roger Ambrose. After a beloved family pet, Rusty, passed away, he was surprised to discover that the lingering odor in his dirt canister didn’t pass with him. No matter how often he changed the receptacle, the vacuum continued to smell like wet dog with every use.

0088337_rustys-cure-vacuum-odor-eliminatorAnd so, Roger sought out a solution using odor-eliminating activated charcoal directly within a vacuum dirtbag or dirt canister. He came up with Rusty’s Cure: small granules of pure activated charcoal infused with Lavender, Rosemary, and Lemongrass Essential Oils. 

Simply vacuum up a handful of these granules into your Miele dirt bag and let them do their powerful work! The charcoal and essential oils will absorb, eliminate, and fight odors from the inside. And, best of all, you can still use your HEPA filter that is so key to the respiratory health of you and your family.

Whether you opt for a new ActiveAir Charcoal Filter or a canister of Rusty’s Cure, you do not have to accept a stinky Miele. Your Miele is a quality vacuum cleaner and a real investment. Keep it happy and healthy by eliminating odors and smells with the natural results of charcoal.

4 thoughts on “Smelly Miele Vacuum – What Can Be Done?

  1. hello, so its normal for my vacuums air output to have a smell after some month of use then, even though the bag is not full and I have a hepa filter, I was concerned that the smell was dust leaking out even though my particle dust counter doesn’t count up. I dont have a miele but a central back with hepa bags and hepa filters

    1. Hi Jay – Thanks for your comment. Yes, it is VERY common for vacuum exhaust to have an odor. In fact, if you have pets it’s absolutely unavoidable.
      To clarify, you have a central VAC? I’m guessing your autocorrect spelled “back.” If yes, the best option is to see if your power unit can be exhausted to the exterior. This is our recommendation for all central vacuum systems. It eliminates odors and the tiniest of particles from being exhausted back into your clean home. Your HEPA bags and filters are working hard, I’m sure. But there are always some residual debris and odors that will escape even their grasp. Hope this is helpful!

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