How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum (Step-By-Step Guide)

By Jeneva Aaron Updated January 18, 2021

Keep your Dyson vacuum clean for efficient cleaning

How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum (Step-By-Step Guide)

Is your Dyson vacuum starting to no longer function optimally? Do you feel that it is no longer as efficient?

Maybe it’s time to clean your Dyson. Before you start saving for a replacement vac, try cleaning your existing machine. In fact, maintaining your vacuum will ensure longevity. And some models – like the Dyson V11 – even warn when it’s time to clean it.

On the other hand, you surely had to invest to buy your Dyson vacuum. You are certainly afraid that you will not clean it the right way, or even damage it.

In this guide, I’ll explain how to clean your Dyson vacuum. Let’s get started.

How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum?

It’s quite simple to clean your Dyson vacuum, considering the company’s designs are easy to disassemble. Follow this step by step guide to have a spotless Dyson vacuum, inside out.

1.Unplug the vacuum

Whenever you’re cleaning your Dyson vacuum cleaner, make sure it’s unplugged. Doing so eliminates the risk of an electric shock, keeping you safe during the cleaning process.

Please note

This step only applies if you have a corded model.

2.Clean the Dust Canister

Start by cleaning the dust canister since this is where all the dirt and debris goes. You’ll find the dust canister under the cyclones. Check for the location of the dust canister for your model in the user’s manual.

Like the Dyson V8, you’ll find a ‘bin release’ button on the vac’s unit in most models. Press it to disassemble the dust canister from the main body.

First off, empty the canister. Then, use a damp cloth for cleaning the internal section.

You can use a microfiber cloth for this step as it’s best for cleaning. Also, microfiber is a positively-charged material. Therefore, it attracts dust particles and does not let them stick back to the canister’s surface.

As per Dyson’s instructions, you should not use harsh chemicals for cleaning the inside of the canister. You can also remove this by using a compressed air device.

After cleaning the canister, let it dry. Do not use a wet canister as it can cause mold to grow.

3.Clean the Filters

Dyson recommends cleaning the filters at least once a month. On the V11 model, you can clean the filter as soon as the message “Filter needs cleaning” appears.

To do so, remove the filters from your Dyson vacuum and take them to the kitchen sink.

Wash filters under cold water only from the tap. You can also use an old toothbrush to eliminate any dust. Squeeze the filters to remove the extra moisture and repeat the washing process until they are thoroughly clean.

Make sure the filters are completely dry before you put them back in the vacuum. The best way to dry them is to keep them outside for 24 hours.

Be careful

Dyson strictly prohibits drying the filters in a microwave or tumble dryer (2).

4.Clean the Brush Bar

To access the brush bar, take off the soleplate from your Dyson vacuum cleaner. In some cases, you may need a screwdriver to disassemble this part. Before you do that, check if a coin works for unscrewing the component.

Next, start cleaning your Dyson brush bar by manually removing bigger dirt particles. For the stuck hair, use a pair of scissors to cut them off.

As for the plate, use a damp cloth to clean it. Let the components dry completely before putting them back in the vacuum cleaner.

5.Clean the Hose

The hose collects dirt and hair directly from the ground, so it may get clogged with dust and debris.

Remove the hose from the vacuum’s central unit and look for any debris stuck inside it. If you can’t see anything, use a wire hanger or a mop handle to push the trash out.

Then, put the hose in the sink and let the water run through it. If possible and depending on your model, hold the tube in a U-shape. Let the water come in from one side, and leave through the other. Dry the hose entirely before assembling it back into the central unit.

Do not use commercial cleaners for the hose as they can eat through the material, damaging it beyond repair.

Instead, if the hose is extremely dirty, you can make a vinegar and water solution for cleaning it. Alternatively, if the tube is smelly, sprinkle baking soda to remove the smell. Baking soda is a deodorizer(3) and will remove nasty odors from the hose.

Make sure it’s completely dry before using it.

6.Clean the Outer Body

The last step in cleaning your Dyson vac is to wipe down the external parts. Use a damp microfiber cloth to clean the vacuum’s body.

Do not use too much water as it may seep inside and damage the internal components. You can also sanitize the vac every month to keep your family healthy.

After cleaning your vacuum, dry it for a day, and then use it again.

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Jeneva Aaron

Jeneva has over years of passion for home decorating and cleaning. She is the founder and CEO of where she provides honest and objective reviews on home and cleaning products.

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