Vacuuming with your Dyson Vacuum is a dream come true. However, this can quickly change if strange smells are emanating from the depths of your vacuum. Have you noticed that it isn’t sucking as well as it used to? Does it seem slow and sluggish? No need to fret. Your handy helper might need a good old fashioned cleaning.
With a few handy tips and tricks, your vacuum will be back to its jolly self in no time, leaving your home sparkling clean. To keep your Dyson operating at maximum efficiency, it’s worthwhile to clean your machine regularly.
Simple Steps to Clean your Dyson Vacuum
With our easy-to-follow instructions, cleaning your Dyson Vacuum couldn’t be easier. Your Dyson Vacuum will be odor free and whizzing around your home in no time.
Here are the steps to follow:
1. Make sure your Dyson is unplugged.
If you don’t want to be on the receiving end of a nasty electric shock, unplug your Dyson before you start cleaning it.
2. Remove the Dust Canister and Give it a Good Clean
All Dyson vacuums have a dust canister. You may be surprised to find it fills up with dust and dirt rather quickly.
The dust canister is usually positioned underneath the cyclones. By pressing the red release button at the base of your Dyson, you will find it is easy to remove. Most Dyson models, including the Dyson V6, come standard with this button.
If you are battling to remove the dust canister, please refer to your owner manual.
Once you have safely removed the canister, give it a good shake and empty it thoroughly. To remove any bits of debris stuck at the bottom of the Dyson canister, we recommend using a damp microfiber cloth. These are handy as they attract those stubborn hard to reach dust particles.
We suggest you use warm water only when cleaning the canister. Steer clear of harsh detergents and chemicals as this will damage your vacuum. Do not wash any part of the cyclone.
Try using a compressed air device to blast away stubborn dirt particles stuck in the cyclone. Your Dyson will be far more efficient if it is free of debris.
Once you have cleaned your dust canister, dry it thoroughly with a soft, dry cloth to prevent mould and unwanted smells.
3. Give your Filters a Wash
Your Dyson vacuum is fitted with a filter to stop any dirt, dust and allergens from entering your home as you vacuum. The filters do take strain over time and need a frequent wash to keep the vacuum functioning at its best.
Filters are generally a purple color and positioned close to the cyclone. When you have successfully found the filter, gently remove it.
Keep in mind that certain types of Dyson upright vacuums do have more than one filter. Check the back of the vacuum for any additional filters.
Dyson manufacturers recommend that you do not use chemicals to clean filters. A good rinse with cold water is more than enough to keep the filters clean and dust-free.
After you have successfully rinsed the filter, make sure to squeeze any remaining water out. Rinse the filters out a few times to make sure they are squeaky clean.
Once the filters are clean, leave them to dry in a sunny spot. Avoid using a tumble dryer as this will cause them to degrade.
Try to clean your filters once every three months. If your home tends to gather dust and dirt quickly, you may need to do this more frequently.
4. Cleaning your Brush Roll Bar
Your Dyson is equipped with a Brush Bar to loosen and collect fragments of dirt and debris from your floor and carpets. If your vacuum is not cleaning efficiently, this is probably because your brush bar is entangled. Quickly restore your brush bar to its original form with a pair of scissors and a screwdriver. This only works if the brush does not have objects twisted around it.
If your brush bar is clogged, we suggest removing it from its housing by loosening the screws that hold the soleplate in position.
Specific Dyson models, such as the Dyson DC29 Animal vacuum, do not require the use of a screwdriver. A coin works well to loosen the brush bar l if you do not have a screwdriver handy.
Once you have managed to slide the brush bar out, give it a good wipe with a damp cloth. Leave the brush bar to dry for a few minutes before replacing it in its housing by tightly fastening any screws and latches.
5. Check that your hose is not clogged
Most homeowners forget to check the vacuum hose when cleaning their vacuum and are puzzled when it has no suction. To prevent this from happening, make sure you disconnect the hose from the vacuum. Look for a button that allows you to release the hose. Give the button a press, and your hose will click out of place.
For a bit of fun, try peering into the hose. You might find objects are blocking the hose. Use your hosepipe or broom handle to loosen any lodged debris. A word of caution – do not clean the hose with chemicals as this will damage your vacuum.
A mixture of baking soda, vinegar and warm water is excellent for disinfecting and cleaning your vacuum hose. Give your hose a good flush to make sure it is clean and free of grimy objects and dirt by submerging it in the homemade cleaning solution. It is wise to do this outside and not in the kitchen, if at all possible. Bend your hose into a U-shape to prevent any nasty spills.
If you are satisfied that your Dyson hose is clean, leave it to dry. A period of 24 hours is generally long enough to allow the hose to dry out properly. Secure the hose back onto your vacuum, and you are nearly ready to go.
6. Clean the outside of your vacuum
Your Dyson vacuum deserves to be looked after to keep it in top condition. Give the exterior of your vacuum a thorough cleaning using a damp microfiber cloth. Try not to wet the housing as water may filter into the machine.
Sanitizing your vacuum is a good idea as it does encounter bacteria and dirt. Clean the wheels and soleplate of your Dyson using a dash of vinegar and baking soda. This step is essential and often forgotten. Remember to leave your vacuum to dry before you use it again.
Ready, Set, Go
Your Dyson will look and feel brand-new. If you clean it regularly, it will continue to deliver many hours of potent performance and suction. Not only does cleaning improve your vacuum’s effectiveness, but it also means it is likely to last longer.
Key takeaways are making sure your vacuum is unplugged, removing the dust canister first, then emptying all debris and dust.
Next are the filters that must be rinsed and left to air dry, followed by an inspection and thorough clean of the brush bar and trusty hose.
Last but not least, reassemble and leave to dry, otherwise you may find those awful smells wafting through your home.
Send us your comments and any tips you may have to keep your trusty Dyson squeaky clean. We look forward to hearing from you!