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How to Clean My Dyson Upright Vacuum

A Dyson vacuum cleaner is supposed to be a lifelong investment – or at least, to help you keep your home clean for years to come.

But if you want this to happen, you will need to show your Dyson upright vacuum some tender love and care.

Wash the filters, wipe the surfaces, and make sure the canister is clear: this will instantly return your vacuum cleaner to pristine, freshly bought condition.

On the other hand, you may end up seeing it progressively losing its suction power.

Cleaning a Dyson Vacuum Cleaner: Step by Step

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Do you remember when the last time you cleaned your vacuum cleaner was? If not, you should probably schedule a cleaning soon. If that’s the case, follow the steps below.


Gather your materials before starting. You will need:

  • An air compressor or brush
  • A sponge
  • Cold water
  • Scissors
  • Paper towel
  • Microfiber cloth

Take the machine outside

Cleaning a Dyson is usually a seamless and easy process. However, accidents do happen. It’s best to perform the entire operation outside, where any released dust can get lost in the breeze.

So take your upright vacuum cleaner to your garage or patio. Make sure the base is unplugged and that everything has been turned off properly.

Open the canister

Dyson vacuum cleaners are all bagless. Instead of a disposable bag, dust is trapped inside a small canister located underneath the cyclones. Most models V6 and above have a “bin release” button right next to the canister.

Press the button to unlock the hinges holding the canister and remove it.

Empty the filters

If your Dyson model comes with a HEPA filter, you will probably find a great deal of pollen, bacteria, dust, and even animal air trapped inside that filter.

Filters don’t need to be washed as often as canisters, but they should still be cleaned regularly.

Most filters are located near the cyclone, opposite the canister. You will spot the removable panel or tube easily. Lift them a bit before pulling them out of the machine.

Clean the canister

There are two ways to empty the canister: using compressed air or a brush and damp microfiber cloth.

First, you should shake the canister away from you. This will get rid of most of the dust inside.

If you are using an air compressor, blow air directly towards every tiny hole around the canister on both sides.

If you don’t have one, gently scrub the outside of the canister. Then, use the damp cloth to catch any dust that‘s stuck to its walls.

Leave the cylinder open and facing up. This will give it a chance to dry completely.

Wash filters

The next step is to remove all dirt and debris trapped on the filters. For this step, you should use cold water only. A brush could accidentally damage it, while soap could leave a greasy residue that could damage your vacuum cleaner.

Just put the filter under your tap and let it run through the filter.

Wipe the sink and all working surfaces after you finish.

Let filters dry

Before you put the filters back into the vacuum, you should make sure they are completely dry. Otherwise, the damp could damage the electrical wiring inside your vacuum cleaner.

Even if it doesn’t harm the appliance, even a little bit of moisture will foster mould growth.

Try gently squeezing the water from the filter or shaking them. Then, leave the filters somewhere well ventilated for at least 24 hours.

Clean the accessories

Next, it’s the turn for all the extra accessories that come with your vacuum. This includes the brush bar and any corner or corner accessories.

These often collect a lot of hair and larger pieces of debris.

You will probably need a pair of screwdrivers to remove the brush bar and any other head attachments.

Once it’s out, use the scissors to cut any knots or clumps to hair stuck on the surface. Then, rinse it in water only.

Check the hose

Your Dyson’s central hose connects the canister and engine with the wand and the head. Because of this, it’s essential to ensure the hose lets all air flow freely.

The hose will rarely become fully clogged, but this is an excellent opportunity to check if you are already cleaning the whole machine.

Locate the “hose release” button, which is likely next to the wand. Disconnect the hose and take a look inside it. You should be able to see the light on the other side of it.

You can also try passing some water through it to detect any smaller clogs. If water runs smoothly, there’s no problem

If you find one, try submerging the hose in warm water with half a cup of baking soda. Leave it there for 10 minutes before rinsing it thoroughly.

Reattach all the parts

The next day, reattach the hose, the canister and the filters back into place. Make sure they are properly dry.

Wipe the exterior

Once everything is back into place, and before turning the vacuum cleaner back on, take a couple of extra minutes to make sure everything looks neat.

Just dust the exterior surfaces and wipe them with a microfiber cloth. If you share your vacuum cleaner with other people, try spraying a disinfectant spray on any high-contact areas.

This includes the handles, wand, and any buttons.

Final Thoughts

A Dyson upright vacuum is an excellent investment for anyone who wants to keep their home clean without much of a fuss. However, if you don’t clean it regularly, the vacuum cleaner may clog or lose power quickly.

The steps above outline a pretty long process – but it doesn’t actually take much work. Give it a try!

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