Most vacuums show several signs that it’s time to clean them. It’s either the loss of suction or a weird noise and smells that tell you it requires some maintenance.
Luckily, it doesn’t take much effort or time to clean a Dyson vacuum cleaner. And, regular maintenance will help to prolong its life and that of its filters.
Take a few minutes to learn how to clean a Dyson vacuum cleaner using simple tips and tricks.
Do You Really Need to Clean Your Dyson Vacuum?
Dyson vacuum cleaners are known for their convenient design and powerful suction. However, much like any other machine, a Dyson vacuum cleaner requires regular maintenance in order to function correctly.
Cleaning your vacuum cleaner at least once a month will help it to perform at the highest level, making it easy to deep-clean and maintain different surfaces in your home.
Failing to clean Dyson filters, extension poles, brush bar, and other parts will eventually lead to clogging. As a result, you’ll notice reduced suction power and possibly even overheating.
Although the process might sound daunting, it’s usually quite simple to clean a Dyson vacuum.
Simple Tips on Cleaning Your Dyson Vacuum Cleaner
- Gather your tools – it’s relatively simple to clean a Dyson vacuum, but some tools can make it even easier for you to remove all the gunk and hair. Get some scissors and a flathead screwdriver, a seam ripper, a microfiber cloth, a can of compressed air, a makeup brush, water, and paper towels. You might want to have rubber gloves and a mask if you’re sensitive to dust.
- Unplug the vacuum– always check if your Dyson vacuum is unplugged before you start the cleaning process. This way, you’re much safer and unlikely to suffer an electric shock. Remove the battery if you have a cordless vacuum.
- Empty the dust bin – use the bin release button to remove the dust canister. Once it’s out, remove all dust that’s in the vacuum canister, as it’s likely to be at least half full after you’ve used the vacuum. Press the release button to empty the bin into the trash, making sure you get out as much dust as possible. Use a damp microfiber cloth to clean the inside of the bin, capturing dust, hair, and debris that are left inside. Avoid using any detergent because the residue might make the bin sticky later on.
- Clean the cyclone part – use an air compressor or a can of compressed air to clean the cyclones of any debris. Compressed air is strong enough to blast out any stuff that might be clogging the cyclones since using water isn’t recommended when cleaning this vacuum part.
- Wash the filtration – filters are in direct contact with dust and usually require frequent cleaning, but this depends on the particular Dyson vacuum you have. Still, you should remove and clean them now if you haven’t in at least a month. Locate and remove all filters to shake the dirt out. Rinse each vacuum filter with cold water, making sure you remove all dust that’s inside. Squeeze the water out and leave the filters to dry for at least 24 hours before installing them back into the vacuum. Avoid using any detergents or a tumble dryer, or you might end up with damaged filters.
- Remove the brush cover – every Dyson vacuum has a brush cover that’s easy to remove using a flathead screwdriver. In some cases, you can even remove it by using a coin, but this largely depends on the Dyson vacuum you have. Flip your Dyson vacuum upside down and remove the roller cover. Use scissors to remove any hair that might be tangled. You might also want to use a clean microfiber cloth or compressed air to remove tiny dust particles and dirt before accessing the vacuum brush.
- Clean the vacuum brush – the vacuum brush is typically the dirtiest part of your vacuum cleaner as it holds hair, dirt, and debris that can reduce its efficiency. You might have to remove the soleplate first to access and clean the brush. Once you do that, you can use scissors, a seam ripper, or a large-head screwdriver to remove hair and dirt. Cut the hair that’s twisted around the vacuum brush and use a damp microfiber cloth to clean the brush compartment. Again, ensure that everything’s completely dry before putting any parts back into the vacuum.
- Clean the vacuum hose – the hose is another vacuum part that usually fills with hair that can eventually clog it. This usually results in reduced suction power, weird noises, and overheating of your vacuum. The first step is to remove the hose by detaching it from the wand. Check the inside of the hose to see if there’s any clogging. If so, use a mop handle to push the debris out with ease. For cleaning, you can make a mixture of vinegar and water as this will kill the bacteria and germs without damaging the material. Submerge the vacuum hose in a mix of vinegar and water before using clean cold water to flush it out until the water runs clear. Again, let it dry for 24 hours so that it’s completely dry before you use the vacuum.
- Don’t forget the attachments – most Dyson vacuum cleaners come with at least two or three accessories for cleaning upholstery, car interiors, steps, and tight spaces of your home. These usually include a crevice tool, dusting brush, and possibly a mini tool. Much like all other parts, these accessories require occasional cleaning to remove all dirt stuck inside. Submerge the accessories in your water/vinegar mixture for at least an hour. Use a small toothbrush or a bottle brush to remove any debris hiding inside. Once you do that, you can rinse the accessories under the tap, leaving them to dry for 24 hours before the next use. Remember that you shouldn’t wash motorized tools this way.
- Dry cleaning – Dyson vacuum cleaners have lots of nooks and crannies where you’ll find lots of dust. You can either use an air compressor or detailing brushes depending on the exact area you’re cleaning. An air compressor can sometimes be too strong to clean delicate clips and contacts, which is where you can use a small makeup brush or a paintbrush. Clips and contacts are typically not the strongest parts, so approach them gently. Also, they should remain dry.
- Change the battery – it might be time to replace the battery if you notice reduced suction, weird noises, and funky smells. Some Dyson vacuums have several indicators that flash when the machine requires a new battery. Others rely more on you to figure out when you should do this. Removing the battery is easy since all you have to do is remove three screws before sliding it out. Once you do that, you can slide the new battery in its place before placing the scraws back.
- Be gentle – Dyson vacuums are made from plastic and have many delicate parts. You should handle most of its clips and levers carefully since they’re easy to break. Breaking any part when cleaning means you can forget the warranty, and you have to replace it at your own expense. Still, even that is sometimes impossible since not all parts are available for separate purchase. For this reason, remember to take things slowly because even the smallest broken part can mess your vacuum’s performance. This is especially important when it comes to cyclone assembly.
- Have the user manual at hand – Dyson includes a detailed instruction manual with its vacuums, so make sure to read it before cleaning your machine. Although the manual might not involve lots of information on maintenance and cleaning, it often includes all you need to know about assembling. It has several useful tips on how and when you should clean the vacuum cleaner and what parts you can remove. Make sure to read the warranty as well to ensure you’re not voiding it by removing these components.
- Avoid chemicals and washing machines – as we already mentioned, you should avoid using chemicals when washing Dyson vacuums. Wash the hose and every vacuum filter in the kitchen sink under running water. Although you can sometimes use dish soap if the filter is too dirty, it’s always recommended that you take extra steps in rinsing. Avoid placing any filter or part in a washing machine or a dishwashing machine. Tumble-drying can also damage filters, so it’s always better to leave them to air-dry for 24 hours.
- Wipe the vacuum – use a damp cloth to clean the vacuum’s outer surface, removing dust from the vacuum hose, cleaner head, dust canister, and around the bar. You can do this without any detergent, but make sure to clean until the surface is spotless.
Home cleaning is effortless and straightforward when you have a Dyson vacuum. Still, it would help if you cleaned a Dyson vacuum regularly to last a long time performing at its highest.
Hopefully, you now understand how to clean Dyson vacuum and why it’s important that you do it at least once every three months.
A Dyson vacuum is an investment that requires regular maintenance to last several years. Failing to clean the vacuum filter, brush bar, dust canister, and other parts will lead to clogging and eventual overheating.