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

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Updated October 29, 2021

Time to spring clean your cleaner.

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

Cordless vacuums are a staple in most homes for clearing up dust and dirt. But all that loose dust has to go somewhere. So it’s time to learn how to get your Dyson looking squeaky clean and box-fresh once again.

It can be a little scary to think about taking a vac apart and knowing how to put it all back together again. But with our handy tips, you’ll have it refreshed in no time.

We’ll talk you through all the steps for giving your Dyson a deep clean. That way, you can enjoy cleaner air and a cleaner home for the whole family.

Cleaning a Dyson Vacuum

  • Empty the bin on your Dyson vacuum and wipe it down with a damp cloth
  • Wash the filter once a month to maintain suction power
  • Clean the brush bar and remove any tangled hair
  • Check your vac for any blockages

How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum

How Often Should You Clean Your Dyson Vacuum Cleaner?

This depends on how much you use it.

At least once every 3 months is a good guide to go by. But there are a few other things to look out for:

  • Tangled brush bar
  • Clogged hose
  • Less powerful suction
  • Funny smells, like burning or musty

If any of these happen, it’s time for a deep clean. Even if it’s been less than 3 months since the last one.

As well as these, cleaning the brushes and vacuum filter once a month is good for your Dyson machine. It helps to keep it running at maximum operating efficiency.

You should also empty the dirt bin every time you use it, and clean it once a week to stop clogs from forming.

How to Maintain and Clean Your Dyson Vacuum Cleaner

These handy tips are useful to keep all Dyson models running at maximum efficiency. But check your instructions for more info on your model.

Emptying Your Bin

You should empty your bin as soon as it hits the MAX level by following these steps:

1. Take the Wand off

To remove the wand, press the release button and pull it off.

2. Empty the Dust

Hold your Dyson over a bin or dust proof bag first. Then, to open the clear bin, press the release button. The bin insert will move down and the bottom will open, so the debris and dirt inside can drop out.

3. Close the Bin

Push the base back up and into place until you hear it click

Cleaning Your Bin

Before you clean your bin, make sure you’ve emptied it first using the steps above.

1. Remove the Bin

There’s a red button on the bin runner that you need to press first. Then slide the bin off the runner.

2. Wipe it Down

Use a damp cloth to wipe the bin and remove any excess dust from the bin inlet. Do not put the clear bin in the dishwasher or use any detergents, polishes, or air fresheners. It can damage your vacuum.


Make sure all the parts are completely dry before you replace them.

3. Fit the Bin Back on

Slide the bin back onto the runner until you hear it click into place.

Clearing Blockages

Your vacuum won’t work if there’s a blockage, so you’ll need to clear it. Make sure it’s unplugged and has cooled down before you start.

1. Search the Main Unit

Take the bin off using the steps above. Look to see if there’s any debris causing a blockage, and remove anything you find.

The air inlet is on the right side just under where the bin connects. This area is often the issue, so check this spot.

2. Check the Tube and Floorhead

Remove the wand and look through it from both ends to see if there’s any debris.

Then, turn the cleaner head over and see if there’s any wrapped hair on the brush bar or stuck in the air inlet. See further down for more info on how to remove the brush bar.

3. Put Your Vacuum Back Together

When the blockage is cleared, make sure everything is fitted back together securely before you use your cordless vacuum again.

Washing Your Dyson Filter

The filter traps dust and it’s best to wash them once a month so you don’t lose suction power. These filter cleaning tips apply to all Dyson models, but check the instructions for your specific vacuum filter.

And whatever you do, stick to warm tap water. Detergents and dish soap will get stuck in the microfibers and damage your filter.

1. Remove Your Vacuum Filter

Remove your Dyson filter by giving it a twist and pulling it off. You’ll find the filter at the back of the cleaner.

2. Clean Your Vacuum Filter

First, tap the filter to remove any dust and dirt. Then rinse it under warm tap water while gently rubbing any fine dust off with your fingers.

Then, cover one end of the vacuum filter with your hand and fill the upright filter with water. Place your other hand over the open end of the filter and shake it to remove any trapped debris. Empty the water out and firmly shake it to remove excess water.

3. Dry Your Vacuum Filter

Leave your filter in a warm place for 24 hours until it’s completely dry. As tempting as it is, don’t put it in a tumble dryer, microwave, or near a naked flame to speed it up. This can damage your Dyson filters.

Clean the Brushes

Check your vacuum to see what type of brush bar it has and if it’s a bristle brush or soft roller.

You should always unplug the Dyson machine before cleaning the brush bars. Don’t use a dishwasher or any detergents, polishes, or air fresheners.

Brush Bars

These steps are best for the High Torque cleaner head. It can’t be washed like soft roller brush bars, so it’s important to carry out routine maintenance.

1. Remove the Brush Bar

First, remove the cleaner head with the button on the end of the wand and then turn it upside down. Using a coin, unlock the end cap then take it off so you can pull the main brush bar out.

2. Check for Debris

Check for dirt inside the cleaner head and remove any larger particles. Then, wipe it all over with a damp microfiber cloth to capture fine dust and get the smaller particles of dirt.

3. Refit the Brush Bar

Push the end cap into place, slide the brush bar back into the machine, and lock the cap. There’s a padlock symbol to show you the right position.

Soft Roller Cleaner Head

Follow these steps if your Dyson uses a soft roller.

1. Remove the Brush Bar

Press the button on the end of the wand to release the cleaner head. Turn the whole head upside down and push the end cap up. You can then pull the entire brush bar out.

2. Clean the Brush Bar

Rinse the brush bar under cold water and wipe excess dust off.

For drying, shake off excess water and stand the brush bars upright with the closed-end pointing up. It will take at least 24 hours to completely dry.

3. Put it Back Together

Check the brush bar is dry, then reattach the end cap. Pop the brush back into the cleaner head and push the end cap to the closed position.

Sanitize Dyson Brushes

For extra clean brush bars, why not try sanitizing them with vinegar? It’s made from acetic acid, so it’s a great disinfectant(1). And it helps to tackle bad odors.

You can wipe your brush roll with a damp cloth mixed with water and vinegar. Or you can wash the whole brush roll in the mixture if it’s removable and washable. You could even go one step further and add some baking soda. It helps to remove stubborn stains because it’s a natural mineral abrasive (2).

Just make sure your brushes are completely dry before you replace them!

Clean the Hose

If your Dyson has a hose, follow these tips to keep it blockage-free. Always make sure it’s turned off first.

1. Check for Blockages

Remove the hose and use a flashlight to look down the hose for any clogs.

2. Clear the Hose

Use a broomstick, wire hanger, or anything that will fit down the hose and push out any blockages.

You might want to put it in the kitchen sink and give it a clean. You can use cold water or sanitize it with a vinegar and baking soda mix.

3. Reassemble the Vac

When the hose has dried out, replace it on the cleaner before turning it on.

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Keep the Suction Power, Ditch the Dirt

Keeping on top of cleaning your Dyson cordless vacuum will make life easier in the long run. It helps it run at maximum efficiency, so it will last longer and you can tackle your floors with ease.

Remember to empty the bin after cleaning sessions, and wipe it down with a damp microfiber cloth. The filter needs a quick scrub each month to maintain suction, too.

Finally, the brush bars wash well with vinegar to banish odors. So keep an eye on these for a super clean home with cleaner air, too.

If you found these Dyson cleaning tips helpful, let us know in the comments below.

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