How to Clean a Dyson Animal

Updated November 21, 2016

The Dyson Animal is a top-quality vacuum cleaner that can last for years with the proper care and maintenance. Cleaning the vacuum is a simple task that should be done every few months. This high quality-vacuum is expensive, but if you take care of it, you will not have to buy one for a very long time.

Take the filter out of the yellow case. Empty any dust into the trash bin. Wash the filter under cold water only; do not use detergents. This may take a while, because of small dust particles that may cling to the filter. The water will run clear when it is clean. Set the filter on a towel to dry for at least 12 hours. Do not put the filter back into the vacuum until it is completely dry.

Empty the clear cylinder bin of dirt by pressing the latch release button on the handle. Remove the bin from the shroud (the piece the bin covers when assembled) of the vacuum. (Below, where the tools sit, there is another yellow release button, not to be confused with the release to empty the cylinder of dirt.) Clean the clear cylinder bin with water and a small scrub brush or toothbrush. There are little holes in the bin that need to be cleaned with a toothpick or another small object. Let dry for 24 hours before reassembling. Clean the shroud with a dry cloth.

Clean blockages from the vacuum by turning it on its side and taking off the hoses. Turn the vacuum off and unplug. Make sure the vacuum does not overheat by removing clogs immediately. Remove the wand by pulling it out from the hose completely until it clicks. Press the release and twist the hose away from the wand. Where the hose connects to the vacuum, squeeze and release to check if there is any dirt or debris. Use a coat hanger if the clog is in the middle of the hose and hard to reach. Do not pour water or chemicals into the hose.

To clean the bristles, unscrew the bristle brush casing with a coin and slide the sections out. Pluck out any fuzz or dirt. Make sure there is no string wrapped around the bristles or the bristle rod. Do not use water.


Turn off the vacuum and unplug before cleaning any part. Make sure all parts are dry before reassembling and plugging in the vacuum. Do not use any chemicals or detergents when cleaning the vacuum; doing so can cause a fire.

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