How to Clean & Maintain a Dyson Vacuum

Updated March 23, 2017

Dyson vacuum cleaners use a cyclonic technology to pick up dirt and dust from carpets. The manufacturer claims that Dyson vacuum cleaners do not lose suction, even when the catch bin is at its fullest. Traditional vacuum cleaners have a standard four-wheel construction, but newer Dyson models have one large ball that operates to move and steer the vacuum cleaner. Dyson vacuum cleaners are recommended by people with pets or allergies as highly effective household appliances. As with any vacuum cleaner, you must clean and maintain your Dyson vacuum cleaner in order to ensure it continues to operate effectively.

Unplug your Dyson vacuum cleaner. Leaving appliances plugged in while cleaning or maintaining them is dangerous and can result in electrical shock.

Remove the filter from the cyclone. Separate the blue filter from its yellow case and rinse both with cold water. Continue to rinse until the water runs clear. You should wash the filter every six months; if your home is dusty, you have pets or you have allergies, consider washing the filter more often. Allow the filter and case to dry for at least 12 hours, but overnight is ideal.

Clean the bin. Empty any dirt, then use a clean cloth or dry brush to clean off the inner shroud at the top of the cyclone. Fine dirt and dust should easily wipe away. Wash the clear plastic bin cover with cold water only. Allow the bin cover to air-dry completely before replacing it.

Check all tools, brushes and hoses for blockages before each use. Use the release valves if needed to remove any blockages from hoses. Make sure the cyclone and catch bin are fully latched in place before vacuuming.


Empty the dust bin any time the dirt captured reaches the "MAX" mark. Do not use detergent to wash the filter. Do not put the filter in the dishwasher.

Things You'll Need

  • Dyson vacuum cleaner
  • Clean, dry cloth
  • Dry brush
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