How to Replace the Brush Strips on a Riccar or Simplicity Vacuum

Riccar and Simplicity Brush Strip Replacement

The brush strips in your Riccar vacuum play a crucial role in efficiently lifting dirt and debris from various surfaces. Over time, these brush strips may wear down, affecting the vacuum’s performance. Fortunately, replacing them is a straightforward task that can be done at home with a few simple tools. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll walk you through the process of replacing the brush strips on your Riccar vacuum.

This repair guide also applies to Simplicity vacuums and CleanMax vacuum cleaners. So if you have one of those, keep reading!

Riccar and Simplicity Brush Strip Tutorial

Before you begin replacing your vacuum’s brush strips, you’ll want to gather the following materials and tools:

  1. Replacement brush strips compatible with your Riccar vacuum model
  2. Screwdriver
  3. A pair of pliers
  4. Isopropyl alcohol or some other cleaning agent
  5. A felt seal (this is not always necessary to replace so check yours first)
  6. Clean cloth or towel

Here are some of the most common Riccar, Simplicity, and CleanMax brushstrips that you may need:

If none of those brush strips are correct for your model, click here to be directed to our schematics / parts list page where you can search your Riccar, Simplicity, or CleanMax model to find the right strips you need.

Below is a full video tutorial with our authorized Riccar, Simplicity, and CleanMax technician where he shows you how to complete this repair.

Brush Strip Replacement Step by Step

Step 1: Preparation

Ensure that your Riccar or Simplicity vacuum is turned off and unplugged from the power source to ensure your safety during the replacement process.

Step 2: Accessing the Brush Strips

Locate the brush strips on the underside of your Riccar vacuum. They are typically positioned in a row, parallel to each other, around the rotating brush. Use a screwdriver to remove any screws or clips securing the brush end caps in place.

Step 3: Removing the Old Brush Strips

Using a pair of pliers or your fingers, slide the old brush strips from their housing. Take note of the orientation and arrangement of the brush strips for easy installation of the replacements.

Step 4: Cleaning the Brush Housing

Before installing the new brush strips, take a moment to clean the brush housing. Remove any accumulated debris, hair, or dust that may have collected in this area. A clean brush roll ensures optimal performance from the new brush strips.

Step 5: Installing the Replacement Brush Strips

Unpack the replacement brush strips and align them with the slots or grooves in the brush housing. Slide them firmly to secure them in place, ensuring that they are evenly spaced and properly seated.

Step 6: Securing the Brush Cover

Carefully reposition the brush end caps over the brush roll. Use the screwdriver to reinsert and tighten any screws or clips that secure the cover in place. This step is essential to maintain the alignment and stability of the brush strips during operation.

Step 7: Testing the Vacuum

Plug in your Riccar, Simplicity, or CleanMax vacuum, turn it on, and test the brush strips on various surfaces. Ensure that they rotate smoothly and make proper contact with the floor. Listen for any unusual sounds that might indicate misalignment.

Step 8: Final Steps

Wipe down the vacuum with a clean cloth or towel to remove any residual dust or debris. Dispose of the old brush strips responsibly, and store any remaining replacement strips for future use.


By following these simple steps, you can successfully replace the brush strips on your Riccar vacuum, ensuring that it continues to deliver optimal cleaning performance. Regular maintenance, including the replacement of worn components, is key to prolonging the life of your vacuum and keeping your living spaces clean and healthy.