How to Deep Clean A Dyson Vacuum. Learn how to clean a Dyson vacuum, plus the filters and canisters. Also, learn general maintenance tips for keeping your vacuum running.
Most of us run our vacuums at least every week, sometimes as often as once a day or more.
When was the last time you cleaned your vacuum, if ever? Did you know your vacuum can spread germs, dust, and even mold? Yuck!
Before you decide to get rid of your vacuum and revert to sweeping, I will show you how to clean a Dyson vacuum for general maintenance, plus how to deep clean it including the filters and canister.
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How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum
- Dyson Vacuum
- Microfiber Cloths
- Mild Detergent
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Seam Ripper or Small Scissors
- Flathead Screwdriver
- Air Compressor or Compressed Air
Disclaimer: Please read all the manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning your particular vacuum. Not following instructions could void the warranty for your vacuum. I have done all the below steps without any harm to my vacuum but follow these instructions at your own risk. You can find helpful tips for your particular Dyson at https://www.dyson.com/support/journey/overview.html.
General Maintenance for Dyson Vacuum
Perform all these general maintenance cleaning tips every 2-3 months.
First things first. Always start by unplugging your machine. In the picture, my vacuum doesn’t look too dirty but prepare for how gross things are about to get.
Empty the canister into the trash can.
Note: Empty the canister when it gets about half full to maintain good suction.
Next, remove the canister from the cyclone. Mine has a little button to push near the top.
Clean out any dirt, dust, hair, or debris that is on the cyclone and dispose of in the trash.
Rinse the canister in cold water.
Note: I use Basic H and a wet microfiber cloth to wash mine out for deep cleaning. Dyson says not to use any kind of detergent on the canister, but I haven’t found any problems with doing this.
How to Clean a Dyson Filter
Remove all the filters on your vacuum. I have a filter A and a filter B. Filter A is in the side housing. Remove the housing and pop out the filter.
Filter B is located under where the canister sits. Open the lid and take out the filter.
Helpful Tip: Wash filters every 3 months. You may want to wash them more often if you suffer from allergies or have pets. Only use cold water.
Filter A consists of two parts – a soft filter and another filter with a plastic housing. For the soft filter wash under cold water until it runs clear. It helps to run it under the cold water, squeeze it out, and repeat this process on both sides of the filter.
For the other part of the filter – rinse under cold water, turn it over, and shake it out. Do this until the water runs clear.
How to Clean Dyson Canister Filter
For Filter B, you need to run it under cold water, turn it over, and tap out the water. Repeat this 10 times.
Allow everything to dry for at least 24 hours.
I place everything out in the sun on my back porch. If you live in a humid climate you may want to allow 48 hours for the filters to dry. If you don’t dry everything thoroughly you can end up with a mildew smell in your machine.
Wipe down the outside of your vacuum with a damp microfiber cloth.
Once everything is thoroughly dry, replace the filters and canister to their original positions.
Deep Cleaning a Dyson Vacuum
About every 6 months to a year I give my Dyson a thorough deep cleaning. Start by following all the steps above for general maintenance.
Related: Deep Cleaning Checklist
Next, we are going to go a little further and take apart more of the vacuum. Remove the wand from the hose. Mine has a little button to push on the side.
Then, remove the hose from the machine. Again, there is a spot on my vacuum where I can push a lever to release the hose.
Rinse these out with cold water in the tub or shower. Mine has a little piece at the bottom on the side where the u-bend connects. Take this part out.
Also, remove the plastic u-bend.
Wash these pieces with cold water and a microfiber cloth in the sink.
Also, wash any attachments you may have for your vacuum. I use a bit of mild detergent and a microfiber cloth to scrub them off. Be sure to remove any excess hair or strings before washing.
Turn the vacuum over and use a flat-head screwdriver to remove the soleplate covering the brushbar. Use a seam ripper or pair of small scissors to remove any hair or strings that are wrapped around the brushbar.
This is a good time to inspect your belt for any signs of wear. Replace the belt, as needed. Wipe off the brushbar with a damp microfiber cloth and replace the soleplate.
Any part that touches the floor – the soleplate, the wheels, and any other parts of the vacuum on the bottom get wiped down with rubbing alcohol to sanitize them.
How to Clean the Dyson Cyclone
Do the next part outside. We have an air compressor, so this was the easiest way to clean out the cyclone part of the vacuum. If you don’t have a compressor, you can use a hairdryer or a can of compressed air. Blow out all the dust and dirt.
Wipe off the outside of the cyclone with a damp microfiber cloth.
Next, remove any scuff marks on the outside of the vacuum. A Magic Eraser is the perfect tool for the job. This is purely cosmetic so feel free to skip this step, but it keeps your vacuum looking like new.
Once everything is completely dry, (wait at least 24 -48 hours) reassemble the vacuum, making sure everything is seated correctly.
Washing the filters regularly and doing a once to twice a year deep clean will keep your machine running at top performance for years to come.
I have had my Dyson for at least 4 years and it works as well as the day we bought it. Plus, I feel safer knowing I am not spreading as many germs around my home.
Now that you have deep cleaned your vacuum, check out how to deep clean your entire home in only 31 days!
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