How to Clean Your Dyson Vacuum in 6 Steps

Learn how to clean a Dyson vacuum, including detailed instructions for Dyson Animal Vacuums, Dyson Ball Vacuums, V15, and more.

If you own a Dyson vacuum, whether it’s a brand-new V15, a Dyson Animal Vacuum, or a Dyson Ball Vacuum, you know the exceptional cleaning power and versatility these machines offer. 

However, to keep it in good working order, you need to know how to clean your Dyson vacuum properly. In this article, we cover every aspect of cleaning a Dyson vacuum –  from emptying the dustbin, to untangling the brush bar, cleaning the filters, and more. 

What you’ll need

  • Warm water
  • A small brush
  • A bowl or bucket
  • Trash bag or bin
  • A soft brush
  • A microfiber cloth
  • Compressed air (optional)
  • Replacement filters (if needed)


How to clean a Dyson vacuum in 6 steps

To clean a Dyson vacuum, empty the dustbin canister and clean the interior with a damp microfiber towel. Clean the filters with a soft brush, rinse them under running water, and air dry. Remove tangles from the brush roller and unclog the hose. Then, wipe the exterior with a clean cloth and reassemble the vacuum.

Step 1: Unplug the vacuum

Before you begin cleaning, always unplug the vacuum from the electrical outlet. This eliminates the risk of electrical accidents and prevents accidental damage to the vacuum's internal components.

Step 2: Empty and clean the dustbin canister

Hold the dustbin canister over a trash can and press the release button to open the bottom lid and empty the collected dirt and debris. Give it a good shake to ensure all the dust is removed.

Next, use a damp microfiber towel to clean the inside of the canister. If you have any stubborn particles or dust clinging to the dustbin, you can use a small brush or compressed air to dislodge them.   

Step 3: Clean the filters

Dyson vacuums typically have both a pre-motor filter and a post-motor filter. As the name implies, the pre-motor filter is located before the motor. It is responsible for capturing larger particles, such as dust and debris, before they reach the vacuum motor. 

The post-motor filter is located after the motor and is designed to capture smaller particles, such as fine dust and allergens, that may have passed through the pre-motor filter. 

Once you’ve located and removed both filters, hold each one over a sink or trash can and gently shake it to remove any loose dust and debris. You can also use a soft brush to remove any debris stuck in the filter.

Next, rinse the filter under cold water, gently massaging it with your fingers to wash away any remaining dirt. Keep rinsing until the water runs clear. Don’t use soap for the filter, as it can damage and corrode the system.

After rinsing, shake off excess water and place it in a well-ventilated area to air dry completely before replacing it in the vacuum. Air drying typically takes 24 hours, but avoid using any heat sources to expedite the process as this could damage the filter. 

Step 4: Wash the brush roller

The brush roller, also known as the beater bar, is located on the underside of your Dyson vacuum. It collects hair, threads, and debris and can get clogged over time. To clean it, first use a small brush to carefully remove any tangled hair or debris from the brush bar. 

Next, check the end caps of the brush bar for any obstructions or clogs. Remove any debris you find. Then use a cloth dampened with warm water and mild detergent to clean the brush bar thoroughly. When you finish washing it, rinse it with clean water and let it dry completely before reinstalling it.

Step 5: Unclog the hose

Depending on the model of your Dyson vacuum, there might be a release button or a quick-release mechanism to detach your hose. Use this to detach the hose from the vacuum body and inspect for any blockages or debris. 

Use a long, flexible brush or a straightened coat hanger to gently remove the clogs if you notice any. Be careful not to damage the hose, especially if you’re using a coat hanger. You can also run water through the hose to dislodge trapped dirt.

Step 6: Wipe the vacuum exterior

Take a clean, dry cloth and wipe down the entire vacuum body, including the handle, wand, and attachments. This will remove any dust or grime accumulated during regular use.

If there are stubborn stains or marks, you can use a mixture of water and vinegar to remove them, but be cautious not to get any liquid into the electrical components.

Learn more: While we've covered detailed steps for cleaning a Dyson vacuum, if you have another brand of vacuum, here’s how to clean it for better performance.

Can I wash the inside of my Dyson?

No, you should not wash the inside of your Dyson vacuum as it contains electrical components. Instead, only wash removable parts, like the motor filters, according to the manufacturer's instructions.

How do I take apart my Dyson to clean it?

  • Detach the dustbin by pressing the release button or lever and remove debris.
  • Remove the filter by pressing the release button, twisting the end, and pulling it out. 
  • Shake off the dirt and rinse under running water.
  • Separate the brush bar by sliding it out and untangling any debris.
  • Detach the hose and unclog it.

What is the best way to clean a Dyson vacuum head?

To clean a Dyson vacuum head, first use a soft brush to remove tangled hair or debris from the brush head's bristles. Next, detach the brush head from the vacuum and rinse under cold water to remove stubborn dirt or residue. Shake off excess water and allow the brush head to air dry completely before reattaching it. 

How do you clean the inside of a Dyson cylinder?

To clean the inside of your Dyson cylinder:

  • Empty the cylinder.
  • Use a damp cloth to wipe the interior, removing any dust or debris. 
  • Rinse the cloth as needed but avoid water contact with electrical components.
  • Finally, dry the inside thoroughly before reassembling. 

Extend your Dyson vacuum lifespan with proper cleaning 

Regular maintenance and cleaning of your Dyson vacuum enhances its efficiency and contributes to a fresh and healthy living space. 

In addition, consider investing in a spare set of filters. This allows you to rotate the filters during cleaning, ensuring they have ample time to dry completely before reuse, prolonging their lifespan, and preserving the suction power of your Dyson vacuum.

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