How to Clean a DC15 Dyson Total Vacuum

Updated November 21, 2016

The Dyson DC15 Total Clean vacuum replaces the traditional disposable vacuum bag with a removable collection bin. The bin is removed and emptied whenever full and should be cleaned periodically to eliminate lingering dirt and grime from inside the bin. Cleaning the bin is also an excellent opportunity to wash the filter, which is found beneath a protective lid at the top of the bin. Dyson recommends that the DC15 filter be washed every six months.

Press the catch release at the base of the handle to separate the bin from the Dyson DC15 vacuum.

Lift the catch release at the front of the bin lid. Raise the lid and lift the filter free of the filter compartment.

Separate the sponge portion of the filter from the yellow plastic housing.

Hand-wash the filter and housing in cold water only. Do not use soap or detergents. Continue washing until only clear waters runs from the filter.

Allow the filter to air dry for at least 12 hours. Do not reinstall the filter until it is completely dry.

Place the base of the bin over a garbage can. For allergy sufferers, consider placing a plastic bag around the base of the bin to prevent dust from rising during disposal.

Press the button at the top of the bin handle to empty the contents of the bin.

Press the catch midway down the front of the bin, and separate the two halves.

Use a brush to clean dust and lint from the shroud portion of the bin. The shroud is accessible once the lower half of the bin has been removed.

Run cold water through the lower half of the bin, and scrub clean it with a brush. Allow the bin to dry before reassembling the two halves.

Things You'll Need

  • Cold water
  • Plastic bag (as needed)
  • Cloth
  • Scrub brush
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