How to Clean a Dyson Filter

Dyson is an innovator in vacuum technology, producing some of the best items on the market. With a variety of vacuum cleaners to choose from, Dyson makes cleaning your home quick and easy. Though they pack a punch, Dyson vacuums are quite expensive.

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That’s why it is important to properly care for your vacuum. Doing so every 3-4 months will extend its lifetime and protect your investment. With a clean filter installed, you ensure that your vacuum operates at maximum efficiency.

Check the model number

Cleaning the Dyson filters is very simple, but the first thing you should do is check the model of your vacuum. Different Dyson models have different filters that can be removed and cleaned. Some even have multiple washable filters or filters that do not need to be cleaned.

Read the manufacturer’s manual to figure out how to remove your model’s filter. It will also provide pictures detailing the cleaning procedure.

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If you cannot find your vacuum’s manual or model number, you can find the serial number and use that to figure the type of vacuum you have. The serial number will be found on a sticker located in one of three spots: on the back behind the hose, on the base between the wheels, or on the main body behind the bin.

With your serial number, visit and enter your vacuum’s serial number. Dyson will locate your model number quickly.

Alternatively, if you do not have the serial number, you can find your product by selecting the category and picture that matches it. When you find your vacuum, select the “Wash the filter” heading for specific instructions for your model. Otherwise view the user’s guide.

5 Steps to clean Dyson filter

Cleaning a filter can be done in 5 steps:

1) Power down and unplug your vacuum.

2) Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to remove the filter.

2-a) This step is only necessary for certain Dyson models, so be sure to check which one you have before soaking the filter. Pre-soak your filter in cold water, without soap, for at least five minutes.

3) Rinse your filter under cold water. Squeeze out the dirty water until it begins running clean. When you are finished, wring out any excess water.

4) Let the filter air dry completely in a warm, dry place for 24 hours. Aim to set your filter on a sunny window sill or outside on a warm day. Avoid exposing the filter to high heat, like resting it on a radiator or placing it in a dryer.

5) Reinstall the filter.

While waiting for the filter to dry out, why not clean out the rest of the vacuum? The roller and canister should be held directly over a trash as you clean them. Use a few light taps for the roller and a paper towel to clean out the canister.

With the dirt gone, the canister can be washed with warm water and soap. Wipe down the roller with a damp paper towel, making sure all the holes are open and not clogged.

Let everything dry and wait until the next day to reassemble your vacuum. After that, you will be good to clean your home!