How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum

How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum

The Dyson vacuum cleaner is one of the best vacuum cleaners in the market today, featuring advanced functions that simplify your cleaning sessions. But here’s the thing. Over time and after several usages, your Dyson vacuum cleaner is bound to start smelling or lose suction power. Considering all the dirt, crumbs, and pet hair it collects, learning how to clean a Dyson vacuum cleaner is important. Not only will this prolong its life but also ensure it functions with maximum efficiency. This is an expensive appliance and must therefore be cleaned properly. But don’t worry. Below we share some useful tips to clean your device.

How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum Cleaner

There are a few simple steps to clean your Dyson vacuum. But first, you’ll need to gather a few materials to make your cleaning seamless.

What You’ll Need

  • Scissors

  • Screwdriver (flathead)

  • Sink or basin

  • Water

  • Air compressor or a can of compressed air (optional)

  • Dish soap

  • Paper towel

  • Distilled vinegar (optional)



The Procedure:

Now, after gathering all the materials, follow our step-by-step guide.

Step 1: Unplug the Dyson Vacuum Cleaner

Before you begin, be sure to unplug your Dyson vacuum cleaner from the power source. Not only does this make your work easier but also safer.

Step 2: Empty and Clean the Canister

All Dyson vacuums are bagless, so you’ll need to empty the canister of any debris. The canister is located underneath the cyclones. On most models, there’s a red “release” button that you must press to remove the outer canister shell. Take the canister to your trash bin and press the button to release the contents.

The next step is to separate the canister from the cyclone. If you notice any debris stuck in the holes of the cyclone, you can use an air compressor to loosen the dirt. Take the cyclone outside because blowing the dirt can be messy.

If you don’t have an air compressor, use the cold setting on your hairdryer to try to blow away the dirt. Now, using a damp microfiber cloth, wipe the inside of the canister and around the cyclone until it's sparkling.

Some models allow you to rinse the canister using cold water and use a brush or sponge to clean it. Be sure to check your manual for instructions.

Step 3: Remove and Clean the Filters

The filters on your Dyson vacuum cleaner are responsible for trapping dust, bacteria, pollen, and dirt particles from the air. That means it's crucial to keep them clean. Most Dyson models come with purple filters, usually located near the cyclone.

Some models come with more than one filter; one near the cyclone and the other within the “ball” or back of the appliance. Once you locate the filter, simply lift it out.

To clean your filter, run it under cold tap water. This will remove the dust and all debris. It's not advisable to use any detergent or chemicals. Gently squeeze the water out softly and run the water again several times until the water runs clear.

Allow the filter to dry for 24 hours in a warm place before reinserting it back into the vacuum. Don’t put it in the dryer or use any other techniques to dry it, as doing so could damage the filter.

It's recommended to clean your filters every 1-3 months, depending on how often you vacuum and how heavily soiled your floors are.


Step 4: Clean the Brush Bar

The vacuum brush bar collects all the debris, hair, and dirt from your floors and carpet. You’ll want to regularly clean it to untangle the hair, strings, or any other substances that have wrapped around it.

For this process, you’ll need the flathead screwdriver and scissors. Loosen the screws and remove the soleplate. Use the scissors to cut any hair or strings wrapped around the vacuum brush.

To complete this step, use a damp microfiber cloth to clean the brush bar and its compartment, making sure it's completely dry before placing it back onto your vacuum.

Step 5: Check the Hose

The vacuum hose sucks all the debris collected by the brush. Over time, it might get clogged, reducing the suction power, and hence its efficiency. This process simply involves inspecting the hose to see if it's clogged. 

If you notice any blockages, try pushing the debris using a broomstick or a similar device. Follow this up with a damp cloth to completely remove the clog. To thoroughly clean the hose and kill all bacteria and germs, fill your kitchen sink with warm water and add a cup of vinegar.

Soak the hose in the mixture for around 10 minutes, and then rinse it. Let it dry completely before reconnecting it to the vacuum.  

Step 6: Clean the Vacuum Attachments

Some Dyson models come with multiple cleaning attachments. In such a case, you should clean all these attachments by manually removing any large debris or hair stuck to the attachments and checking for blockages.

Use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe any remaining dust or dirt from the attachments. It's best not to use any detergent or chemicals as this could damage the attachments.

Step 7: Wipe Down the Exterior

Once you're done cleaning the filter, canister, and all other components and attachments, it's time to clean the outside of the vacuum. All you need is a damp microfiber cloth. You may want to use a solution of diluted vinegar to ensure it's squeaky clean.


As you can see, cleaning your Dyson vacuum cleaner is easier than you think. Make a point of cleaning it regularly to keep it functioning as it should. It's advisable to deep clean your vacuum every 3-4 months. Remember to let everything dry before putting them back into the vacuum.

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