Learn how to clean a Dyson vacuum in this updated tutorial.

Cleaning a Dyson vacuum cleaner is an important part of how often should you clean a Dyson vacuum.

A lot of people don't know how to do it, and end up doing more work than needed.

This blog post will teach you the proper way to clean your Dyson so that your investment lasts longer!

Read more: How To Clean A Vacuum Cleaner

This video will show you exactly how to clean a Dyson vacuum.

How Often Should You Clean A Dyson Vacuum?

The general rule of thumb is to clean your Dyson every two months.

However, if you're using it a lot or have pets, you may need to clean it more often.

It's also important to clean the filters and dustbin on a regular basis - at least once a week. Dyson suggests you clean your Dyson filter at least once a month to keep your machine running at maximum efficiency.

What You'll Need To Clean A Dyson Vacuum

In order to clean a Dyson vacuum, you'll need the following supplies:

  1. Phillips head screwdriver
  2. Small brush or old toothbrush
  3. Vacuum cleaner hose attachment
  4. Compressed air canister (optional)
  5. Dish detergent

How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum: 6 Steps

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Step 1: Unplug Your Dyson Vacuum

First, unplug your Dyson vacuum cleaner from the wall. This is very important as it ensures that you don't get shocked while cleaning!

Step 2: Empty & Scrub The Dust Canister

The next step is to empty and scrub the dust canister. In this step, you'll empty the contents of your dust canister into a garbage bag or outside.

Then, you'll need to scrub it with dish detergent and water before rinsing off with fresh water until all soap is gone.

You may also want to use compressed air on the filtration unit if there are any clumps in it.

Step 3: Remove & Wash The Filters

Dyson suggests you clean your filter at least once a month to keep your machine running at maximum efficiency. 

The video below will teach you how to clean a Dyson filter, step-by-step:

Step 3A: Remove Your Dyson Filter(s)
Step 3B: Remove Excess Dust

Dyson recommends you tap your filter(s) lightly on the side of the sink or in the bin, to remove any loose dust and debris.

Step 3C: Rinse Filter(s)

Don't use detergents to rinse your filters, just wash your filter with cold tap water – gently rubbing it with your hands.

Step 3D: Firmly Shake The Filter(s)

The next step is to fill your filter(s) with warm tap water. You should cover the open ends with your hands, and firmly shake the filter(s) to remove any dirt or dust.

Repeat this step until the water looks clear, then firmly shake the filter to remove all of the excess water that built up inside of it.

Step 3E: Leave The Filter(s) To Dry For 24+ Hours

After washing the filter(s) thoroughly, leave to dry for at least 24 hours in an rea with lots of airflow. Some areas you could leave them to dry are:

  1. Near a fan
  2. Near an open window

The filter(s) must be completely dry before they're put back into the vacuum. The reason is because it could damage the motor if they aren't.

Dyson's tutorial says "Don't dry in a tumble dryer, microwave or near a naked flame."

Step 4: Untangle The Brush Bar

It’s the brush bar that collects all the hair, dirt, and debris from your floors. After a while, this builds up and gets tangled around it, reducing its cleaning efficiency. In this step you'll need to grab a pair of scissors and a flat head screwdriver.

You'll then need to slowly cut out all the tangles from around the brush bar.

Once you've done that, use a small brush or an old toothbrush and vacuum cleaner hose attachment in order to clean it thoroughly.

Step 5: Unclog The Hose

To unclog the hose in your Dyson vacuum, you'll need to use a hose attachment and compressed air canister.

You'll first need to disconnect the hose from the vacuum cleaner, attach your hose attachment or extension wand, then spray down all parts of it with canned air until it's completely clean inside. This may take several sprays - do not stop before it is completely clear!

Let it dry before reconnecting the hose to your Dyson. This could take around 24 hours — don’t take any risks here!

Step 6: Wipe Down The Vacuum

Don’t forget to wipe down the outer portions of your Dyson vacuum.

Use a clean cloth and cleaning solution to wipe down the housing, handle, buttons - anywhere that doesn’t require disassembly.

Make sure you wipe down the entire vacuum without skipping any parts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I clean my Dyson vacuum?

Cleaning your Dyson vacuum will ensure that it continues to work properly and lasts a long time.

It's also important because the longer dirt, dust, debris, and pet hair is allowed to build up in your machine - the more chance there is for them to clog up essential parts inside of it. This reduces its suction power and can eventually cause it to break down.

Can you clean the inside of a Dyson vacuum?

No, you cannot clean the inside of a Dyson vacuum. The only parts that can be safely cleaned are the filters and brush bar. Anything else must be disassembled which is not recommended unless you're experienced with doing so.

Can I use bleach to clean my Dyson?

Bleach should never be used when cleaning a Dyson vacuum. It can damage the plastic parts and filters, rendering them ineffective. Only use dish detergent and water - or compressed air if needed.

Do I need to disassemble my Dyson vacuum every time I clean it?

No, you do not have to disassemble your Dyson vacuum every time you clean it. You can clean the entire vacuum without disassembly as long as you make sure to remove tangled hair from around the brush bar and unclog your hose with some canned air (or a compressed air canister).

How do you deodorize a Dyson vacuum?

To deodorize a Dyson vacuum, you can leave an open box of baking soda in the closet where it's stored. Alternatively, there are several DIY tricks you could use to get rid of any smells - for example, cleaning with vinegar or opening up all windows while vacuuming.

Can I clean the cyclone part of my Dyson?

No, you cannot clean the cyclone part of your Dyson. The only parts that can be safely cleaned are the filters and brush bar. Anything else must be disassembled which is not recommended unless you're experienced with doing so.

How do I open my Dyson vacuum?

There are several ways to open a Dyson vacuum. The most common way is by pressing the button on the handle and pulling the housing apart.

You can also use a screwdriver to remove the four screws on the bottom of the vacuum cleaner. There's also a latch on each side that you can press inwards to release it.

How do you get a Dyson filter out?

To get a Dyson filter out, you'll need to remove the cyclone part of the vacuum. The filters are located at the bottom and can be easily accessed and replaced.


In conclusion, knowing how to clean a Dyson vacuum is an important part of taking care of your investment.

Make sure you do it every two months (or more often if needed) and that you are using the proper supplies in order to get the job done right.

Happy cleaning! :)

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