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The chances are high that you use a vacuum such as a Dyson to clean your carpets in your home on a regular basis. But have you ever stopped and thought about how to clean a Dyson vacuum?If you have a Dyson vacuum, we will show you all the tips and tricks to getting a deep clean – which, in turn, ensures a better cleaning job on your carpets!

How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum

Learning how to clean a Dyson vacuum is quite simple if you follow these 10 simple steps. First, gather all the materials you will need and clear the area in which you will be cleaning your Dyson vacuum. Learning how to clean a Dyson vacuum will keep your vacuum running longer and more efficiently which will in turn keep your house cleaner for a longer duration.

READ MORE: 5 Carpet Cleaning Hacks Everyone Should Know.

Materials Needed to Clean Your Dyson Vacuum

  • Air Compressor, or a can of compressed air 
  • Water
  • Scissors or knife
  • Flathead Screwdriver 
  • Dish soap and paper towel
Ways To Clean Your Dyson Vacuum

*Steps 1-5 should be done outside*

Step One: Empty the Canister

Empty the canister of any debris. Remove the outer canister shell by pressing the button on the back between the two red pieces.

Ways To Clean Your Dyson Vacuum

Step Two: Remove Foam Filter

Open the bottom flap and remove the foam filter. Put aside for later.

Ways To Clean Your Dyson Vacuum

Step Three: Remove Roller Cover

Flip the vacuum upside down, and using a flathead screwdriver, remove the bottom roller cover. Flippin Cleaners suggests using scissors to remove any hair that may be trapped on the roller. When clean, use the compressed air to blow out any dust or dirt trapped in visible spaces. Put roller cover back on.

Ways To Clean Your Dyson Vacuum

Step Four: Use Compressed Air

Put cyclone part of the vacuum over a deep trashcan, and use the compressed air on every single tiny hole (this part is super messy! Beware!) Make sure that you turn the cyclone part over, and blow the air on the inside as well.

Ways To Clean Your Dyson Vacuum

Step Five: Clean the Canister

Clean the canister section using the compressed air.

*Gather the cyclone, canister, and sponge filter and move inside to water source.*

Ways To Clean Your Dyson Vacuum

Step Six: Clean Sponge

Run the sponge filter under water and squeeze until the water coming out is clear.

Ways To Clean Your Dyson Vacuum

Step Seven: Rinse Canister

Run water through the canister.

Ways To Clean Your Dyson Vacuum

Step Eight: Wash Canister

Wash the canister thoroughly with dish soap.

Ways To Clean Your Dyson Vacuum

Step Nine: Wipe Cyclone

Use a damp paper towel to wipe off the cyclone section, and make sure that all the tiny holes are clean, and not plugged.

Ways To Clean Your Dyson Vacuum

Step Ten: Dry

Make sure that all sections that came into contact with water are laid out to completely dry. (At least 24 hours.) Leaving any form of moisture in the canister or cyclone part will cause dirt to clump in the holes, and make routine canister emptying much more difficult. Additionally, Dyson does not recommend running the cyclone section directly under running water!

How to Clean Filters on Dyson

  1. Turn off and disconnect your machine at the wall socket.
  2. Remove your Dyson filters.
  3. Wash filters in cold water only by rinsing under the water supply then gently squeezing the water out of the filter. Repeat until the water runs clear.
  4. Dry filters by leaving them in a warm place for 24 hours until completely dry
  5. Replace the filters.

How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum Animal Cyclone Component

  1. Remove the clear bin and cyclone component, just as if you were emptying a canister of dirt.
  2. Make sure the bin is empty, and separate it from the upper cyclone component.
  3. In the sink, run warm water over the grid of the filtering holes, spinning the unit to allow rinsing of each section of holes until the water runs clear.
  4. Spray or pour water into the main hole at one end of the unit, pour it out and repeat until the water runs clear.
  5. To make sure every part is clean, fill the unit again part way, cover the large hole with one hand, and gently shake the unit to agitate water inside the cyclone. This rinses any last patches of dust or dirt from the interior. Pour it out and repeat until the water runs clear.
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We suggest deep cleaning your vacuum once every 3-4 months. It will both elongate the life of your Dyson vacuum, as well as make sure that your carpeting is getting properly cleaned. Having any part of the cyclone clogged will not allow proper air circulation, and will, in turn, not allow the maximum amount of suction for your flooring.


If you are interested in more cleaning tips, check out Spring Cleaning: Frequently Forgotten Items.

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Ways To Clean Your Dyson Vacuum

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