How to Wash a Dyson Filter

Written by margaret dilloway
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Dyson vacuums are known for their reusable filtration systems. This means that you hardly ever have to replace the filters, but you do need to clean it every three to six months.

The vacuum filters are easy to clean. All you need is a sink and a place to let the parts dry, out of the reach of animals and small children.

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  1. 1

    Remove the filtration component out of the vacuum. The location will vary depending on the model you own, however, all Dyson vacuums have a picture of the filter on the outside of the part.

    The filtration component holds the filter, which consists of two parts: a hard plastic housing with a mesh filter and a sponge.

  2. 2

    Twist the hard filter housing out of the filtration component and lift to remove.

  3. 3

    Lift the sponge filter out of the hard filter housing.

  4. 4

    Rinse the sponge and the hard filter housing under cold water. Squeeze the sponge thoroughly. Rub the mesh filter from the hard filter housing with a finger, to remove hairs and large pieces of debris. Tap the hard filter housing against the sink to remove excess liquid.

  5. 5

    Place the components flat in a warm, dry area, such as a windowsill. Let them dry for at least 12 hours before reassembling.

Tips and warnings

  • If you forget how to clean the filter, directions are also written in pictures on the side of the hard filter housing.
  • Do not use soap, hot water, a washing machine or a dishwasher to clean these parts. These methods will ruin the filter components.
  • Wet or damaged parts should not be placed back into the vacuum. See a Dyson store for replacement.

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