How to Clean a Filter on a Dyson DC4

Updated February 21, 2017

Dyson vacuum cleaners are specially designed to maintain lifelong, powerful suction. The DC04 vacuum is the first Dyson vacuum cleaner with a brush bar that can turn on and off for different floor types, and an automatic shut-off for blockages to prevent broken belts. The DC04 vacuum contains a washable filter that collects dirt, dust and smoke particles from the carpet and air while the vacuum is running. Dyson recommends cleaning the filter every six months to keep it working properly.

Turn off and unplug the vacuum cleaner.

Press the tab on the handle above the canister, and pull the canister forward to remove it from the unit.

Press the release catch on the handle above the canister, and tilt the lid back. Lift out the filter.

Remove the soft core of the filter. You should have two separate filter parts.

Rinse the soft filter part under cool, running water. Squeeze and rinse it until the water runs clear.

Rinse the hard filter under cool, running water. Shake and tap it on a hard surface to remove any excess water.

Place both filter parts in a warm, well-ventilated area for 12 hours to air dry them completely.

Place the soft filter core into the other filter part and set it into place inside the filter housing located above the canister. Close the lid.

Set the canister into place on the vacuum and lean it back until it clicks into place. Make sure its completely secure before using the vacuum.


Don't use any cleaning products or hot water on your Dyson filters. Don't dry the filters with direct heat.

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