How to Revive Your Swivel Sweeper

Use this procedure for cleaning your swivel sweeper if you are considering tossing it out because it has stopped working.

Many times the sweeper stops working not because the battery is no longer viable but because there is so much hair twisted inside the unit that the battery appears to go on stop.  Under most circumstances you can revive the sweeper by simply giving it a good cleaning then apply some Vaseline to keep the cogs well oiled.

This is not difficult to do but it requires a bit of patience.  The following steps will show you how to dismantle the sweeper.  You must keep track of how the parts came off and put them back in exactly the same way.  This is really important.  Also, some pieces will seem not to fit.  They will fit, but you may have to giggle them around a bit.

Tools you will need:

Small Philips screw driver
Paining knife
Q tips
Vaseline jelly

Photo of Tools

Step 1:  Remove the dirt catcher. There are two clips on the reverse side which allow removal.

Step 2:  This is a photo of the sweeper with the dirt catcher removed.  Notice the white glides on each corner.  These need to be removed (see step 3).

Step 3  Remove the glides off of each corner.  You do this by inserting the pointed end of the pairing knife under the glide (there is a small open space for this) and then pop the glide off.

Step 4. Remove all cog wheel covers.  There is a  cog wheel cover in each corner held in place by two Philips screws.  There is an additional cog wheel cover covering the small motor that runs the unit.  Remove the cover of the small motor and remove the entire brush assembly (DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE MOTOR see step 7 for a picture of this.)  Use the Philips screw driver to do this.  As you remove each cover you must keep track of what position it came from.  Place everything you remove on the table in the same order and position.

 Step 5 On three corners  you will see the following setup. Lift out the entire brush system and place on the table in exactly the same position it came out of. Note: one corner will not have cogs see step 6 for view of corner without cogs.

Step 6 Once the entire system is laid out on the table, gently remove the cog (one at a time) and clean out wound up hair.  It is the hair that is preventing the brushes from turning.  The following picture shows the corner that does not have cogs to clean but it does have hair wrapped around it…clean it off.  When you are done cleaning this corner it should be closed up last. 

 Step 7 The picture below shows the cog system as it attaches to the small motor. Do not attempt to remove the motor.  Just lift out the brush assembly with the cogs attached.  Notice how the large cog fits up to the small cog of the motor…make sure you replace it that way.

All of the brush assemblies will lift up and out very easily.  They are made up of many small parts so be careful in how you take them apart so you know exactly how they go back together.  After all pieces have been cleaned and place back into their proper position you can can apply the Vaseline jelly onto each set of cogs using the Qtips (use a liberal amount).  Do not put oil on the fabric wheel that closes off the cog housing.   Remember that the last assembly end to go into place is the corner that does not have the cogs.  Replace each corner cover and tighten down the screws.  WARNING! This is plastic not wood, so when you tighten the screws do not wrench down.  Just tighten till you feel the screw get snug. Do not tighten beyond that: if you do you will strip the plastic housing.

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