Knowing how to properly care for a Dyson vacuum will not only help it last longer, but it will also get your dependable cleaner back in working order quickly.
It’s simple to overlook the fact that the greatest washing machines and dishwashers, as well as the majority of cleaning equipment, sometimes want a little TLC.
The best vacuums are no different.
You will notice a difference in your Dyson’s performance if you don’t take the time to clean it.
The basic pick-up and suction will begin to lag.
Additionally, if your vacuum has trouble venting, it can produce an odd noise or possibly stop working altogether.
But don’t worry; in this article, we’ll explain in detail how to clean any Dyson vacuum, including stick, cylinder, and upright models.
Check out our comparison of bagged vs. bagless vacuums if you’re unsure whether to buy a bagless Dyson model or a bagged canister type.
Cleaning a Dyson Vacuum
Requisites for cleaning a Dyson vacuum
- A microfiber fabric
- Hand soap
- White vinegar, distilled (optional)
- Unplug the appliance – As a safety precaution, double-check to see that the device has been unplugged.
- Pour the canister – When the dust canister is full, remove it as normal and empty out any leftover material. Since all Dyson vacuum cleaners are bagless, if you can, vacuum outdoors to avoid allergens and a mess. Make careful to thoroughly shake the canister and hook out any apparent clogs.
The red trigger or button located near the handle on the majority of cordless devices may be used to release the canisters; however, if you’re uncertain, see your handbook.
- Wash and clean the canister – Now you may use a moist microfiber cloth to wipe the interior of the canister. Use no detergent or other cleaning agents, and avoid submerging the canister in water. However, you may use compressed air to get into any tight spaces; just be sure you do it outdoors.
- Remove the filter – It’s time to take care of the filter while the canister dries. The vacuum filter is a crucial element of the vacuum because it effectively collects any big particles, such dust and pollen, and keeps them contained within the vacuum to protect the motor and prevent them from being discharged into the air. This filter will need to be cleaned since it will surely get coated and obstructed with dust with continued usage.
Typically, if you’re using a cordless model, the filter is located on the end closest to the handle.
If you have an upright type, you will likely have one on top of the canister and maybe another in the ball of the floor head.
Both of these need to be cleaned.
A canister model’s filter is situated in the top of the trash.
Consult your handbook if you’re uncertain.
- Wash and dry the filter — Once separated, carefully take the filter outdoors and remove any immediate dust over a bin — you may gently tap it to release the bulk of it. After doing this, take the filter inside and rinse it under cold, running water while gently rubbing it by hand to get rid of any remaining dust.
Then, give it a last washing by adding warm water, covering the apertures with your hands, and shaking it gently.
Tip the water out again, and so on until the water is clear.
After shaking the filter to get rid of the extra, let it air dry for at least 24 hours.
Before you replace the filter, make sure it is totally dry.
- Untangle the brush roll – This is the moment to deal with any long hairs that have coiled around the brush roll. To remove the bar, get a pair of scissors (preferably manicure scissors). Cut along the bar. Make cautious not to tug or push any hairs out of place since doing so might harm the vacuum. As you trim, take care not to harm the bristles.
To reach the brush roll on certain Dyson vacuum cleaners, you may need to remove the soleplate.
Use a flat head screwdriver or a coin to do this.
Just be sure you store the screws securely for the time being.
While you’re here, clean the brush roll chamber with a moist microfiber cloth.
- Inspect the hose for clogs – A blockage may be to blame if your Dyson vacuum just stopped working properly. If that’s the case, remove the hose and give it a close look. You can push anything long and narrow, like a mop handle, through an obstruction if you have one.
If it doesn’t work, you may soak the hose in warm water with some white distilled vinegar for ten minutes before washing.
This should release the obstruction.
Allow it to air dry entirely.
If you have a stick vacuum, it’s also important to ensure sure the aperture between the canister and the hose is clear.
- Clean the attachments – Don’t forget to check all of your attachments. Your crevice tool and/or small motorized tool may require maintenance if you use them often.
As with the main brush roll, immediately clear the tools of any dust and hairs that may have been stuck.
The attachments with a moist microfiber cloth after that.
- Clean the outside – As a finishing touch, use a moist microfiber cloth to clean the outside of your Dyson vacuum.
- Allow everything to dry before reassembling – Allow at least 24 hours for everything to dry before reassembling.
That’s all – your Dyson vacuum cleaner should be ready to use again.
Over time, bear in mind to stay on top of its upkeep.
How Often Should My Dyson Vacuum Be Cleaned?
As a general rule, the filter should be cleaned once a month, however this may vary depending on how often you use your vacuum.
Some of the more sophisticated Dyson stick vacuums even include sensors that can alert you through the display when it’s time to clean the filter.
The Dyson vacuum’s other components should be cleaned as needed.
To avoid a clog, be careful to empty the canister as soon as it’s full.
Another indication that your vacuum needs cleaning is if you find it stops functioning even if the canister is empty.