How to Clean a Miele Art Vacuum

Written by irene a. blake
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The design of the Art Vacuum by German manufacturer Miele, as the name suggests, combines artistry and functionality in a slim, upright package with no unnecessary attachments or pieces. As a result of this compact design, the Miele Art Vacuum isn't difficult to clean---requiring only that you regularly maintain the unit by replacing dust bags and filters as recommended or as needed, removing blockages as they occur and disposing of dirt, dust, hair or other debris that can reduce the vacuum's efficiency.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Water
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Dust bags
  • Brush and dustpan
  • Second vacuum (optional)
  • Miele filters
  • Mild detergent
  • Miele-approved plastic cleaner (optional)
  • Clothes hanger

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  1. 1

    Unplug the Miele Art Vacuum.

  2. 2

    Dispose of the old dust bag. Open the dust compartment door, grasp the Miele dust bag "grip," slide the bag from the holder and throw the bag away.

  3. 3

    Clean the dust compartment. Gently brush any dust, dirt or debris into a dustpan or vacuum. In addition, clean the "air channel" because a dirty channel can cause loss of suction. To access the channel, grasp the two channel cover tabs and pull to remove the cover. Dislodge and remove debris with your brush or vacuum. When finished, push the cover firmly into place.

  4. 4

    Replace the dust compartment filter---per Miele instructions for your model (typically when starting a new bag of dust bags) or because of a lack of filtration. To replace, grasp the "filter frame" tab to reveal the filter. Remove and throw away the old filter. Insert the new one into the frame and firmly snap the frame back into place.

  5. 5

    Change the exhaust filter---per Miele instructions for your exhaust filter type or because of a lack of odour absorption. Miele recommends changing a "Super" filter when starting a new bag of dust bags and changing HEPA or "Active" filters at least once a year. To change, open the exhaust filter lid to expose the handle of the "filter grille" that contains the filter. Grasp the handle and slide the grille from the vacuum. Dispose of the filter and then wash the grill with a mild detergent and microfiber cloth. Rinse away any residue and air-dry completely before installing a new filter and replacing into the vacuum.

  6. 6

    Check the combination nozzle for hair, debris or other material that can cause blockage and loss of suction. Wipe the attached crevice head with a damp microfiber cloth to remove any dirt. Pull and slide the attached brush head along the combination nozzle and brush any hair from it. When finished, wipe the bristles and inside the head with a damp microfiber cloth as well if dirty.

  7. 7

    Wipe the adaptor, unattached crevice nozzle and upholstery nozzle with a damp microfiber cloth. If the upholstery nozzle is extremely dirty, wash with a mild detergent and rinse. Air-dry completely before use.

  8. 8

    Finish cleaning by wiping the outside of the vacuum with a damp microfiber cloth and/or Miele-approved plastic cleaner.

Tips and warnings

  • If the telescopic tube has a blockage, straighten a vinyl or plastic-coated clothes hanger and slide it gently into the tube to push it out.
  • Never use a damp or wet cloth inside the dust compartment--the moisture can damage the vacuum and possibly cause circuitry overload/electric shock.
  • Always dispose the dust bag after each use, or sooner as indicated by the "dust bag change indicator," as reusing a bag or using a full bag reduces the bag's ability to store fine dust and particles. Fine dust and particles not only dirty the dust compartment and filter, but also can cause low suction and/or the motor to overheat.

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