Today, we will take a look at how to clean a Dyson cordless vacuum. It can be very inconvenient when you want a quick sweep of your house with your cordless and find it clogged. Thankfully, the cleaning process is quite simple and straightforward and doesn’t take much time. In fact, make this a part of your bi-monthly maintenance so that you will have your Dyson roaring to power every time you want to use it.
It doesn’t matter if it is a Fluffy, an Absolute or the Animal. Most of these Dyson vacuum cleaners are essentially the same, except the accessories they came attached with. Let us go through the cleaning process in a step-by-step manner:
Removing and Washing the Filter
- This is the part that collects most of the dust and other particles, so you may find yourself doing it every so often. Most of the filters these days are brightly coloured (as opposed to the dull grey), to set them apart.
- Another thing to look for is your make and model of the machine you have. There could be one or more filters in your machine and it is important that you locate and remove all of them for cleaning. Your manual would have listed them all.
- First and foremost, you need to do this when the cord is unplugged. Once it is, take it over to an open area with a trash can.
- Look for the “bin release” lever. Depending on the model you have, there might be a small difference to where it is exactly located. It could be labelled or have a colour, which is usually red.
- Remove the filter, and empty it over the bin. According to Dyson, these bins are very hygienic, and therefore, are great if you suffer from dust allergies. You may want to reach inside the filter and give it a shake as some dust may have settled inside. Once you have done that, clean the filter under clear running water.
- You will want to set it aside in the sunlight to let it dry out naturally before putting it back inside the vacuum cleaner.
Removing and Washing the Bin Base
- Now, you will need to remove the bin base. To do this, you need to press the red button once to open the bin base. You will need to press this a second time to completely detach it from the main body of the machine. Remove this carefully away.
- Now, the first thing to do is carefully remove all the dust particles that you can see using a damp cloth. Do not use any cleaning products because they may congeal or clog these particles and make them hard to remove.
- Give the bin a rinse under running water, even better if the water is warm. Do not use any kind of detergents or attempt to put it in a dishwasher. The best way to do this is manual.
- Let this dry in a natural way for 24 hours. The ideal way is to let it happen overnight. Do not let it close to a naked flame or a microwave.
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Cleaning Other Attachments
- Your Dyson will have a fluffy head or a floor head, depending on the model. You will need to remove this using a lever/button (if applicable) or use a screwdriver or a coin to release it.
- You can clean these using a hard paintbrush by briskly moving it back and forth over the brushes or the fluffy head. If you find any tangled hair there, you may need to carefully cut them off and then remove them completely because these are bound to clog the brush later.
- You may want to remove the soleplate (the horizontal part that glides over the surface) by either using a screwdriver or a coin on either side of it, depending on the model you have. Giving the screwdriver or the coil a clockwise twist will open it in most cases.
- Once you have removed the soleplate as well, you will want to give it a thorough brushing for about a minute to make sure it is nice and clean.
- Dyson does not recommend getting some of the parts wet or damp, which contain electronic parts, for obvious reasons. For this, I would recommend removing the rubber seals and using a long, hard brush to clean out the insides gently of any dust particles before putting the seals back again.
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Checking for Clogging
- After you have cleaned the parts and set the ones that need to dry, you need to see if there is any clogging as well.
- Turn on your machine and listen closely to the sound it makes. If it makes a steady, constant sound, your machine is running fine without clogging. If it makes a sputtering sound and shuts off abruptly after half a minute, there is a clog in the attachment head which can be removed easily.
- Remove the attachment head and look for any entanglements using a small torch. Since your fingers cannot reach out that far, a skinny and pointy object – such as a metal coat hanger – will come in handy.
- You will need to remove the bristle brush first and use the torch to locate the clog, and then use the makeshift tool to pull it out, or push it down (it can be removed from the opening where the brush was removed).
- Once the clog is removed, use a toothbrush to remove any dust particles that may still be there. Your Dyson cordless vacuum is ready to serve you flawlessly again!
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Filters and other accessories on vacuum cleaning products need maintenance if you use them on a regular basis. Most of the cleaning is common sense and can be performed easily. However, you should always refer to the instruction manual thoroughly, and be mindful of the do’s and don’ts.
Not all models are made the same, so the filters and bin bases need to be identified before taking them apart. Always let the parts you have washed dry thoroughly before you start using the machine again and avoid letting any water inside the machine because it contains electronic parts and causes a fire or electric shocks. Practice caution while cleaning to avoid any dust particles from getting into your eyes.