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Does your Dyson vacuum seem to be losing suction? Today, I will uncover how to clean a Dyson vacuum and restore it’s function.

How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum

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If your Dyson vacuum is losing suction and not performing properly, you likely have some clogged and dirty parts preventing it from working as it should. Today, I will look at the key parts of your Dyson vacuum and will walk you through a tutorial to clean and care for your Dyson.

Obviously, never work on your vacuum while it is powered on or plugged in. This is an important safety precaution.

How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum

As you can see in the photo above, I am dealing with my own very dirty Dyson vacuum. I did not edit or clean it up in any way, so you can see the difference a little TLC can make on improving your Dyson.

Let’s start with the easiest areas you can access and empty on your Dyson vacuum cleaner. If you will look at the back side of your Dyson toward the bottom you will see a light grey plastic button that you can press to remove this clear tube as seen in the photo below.

How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum

Simply, press that light grey plastic button/clip to release this clear tube. If the tube is clogged as mine was in this photo, you will want to empty the contents in the trash. Mine had a few metal pieces in it along with some duct tape that was causing my vacuum cleaner to lose suction.

You can often hear a rattling sound as you are running your Dyson vacuum cleaner. That sound will indicate that you have vacuumed something up that you should’t have. The solution is to then release that part and empty the contents in the trash bin.

How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum

Next, we will address the most common area where we lose suction. That area is the vacuum canister. Ideally, you should empty this into the trash every time after you run the vacuum. However, most of us can be lazy from time to time, so we skip this step.

On my Dyson vacuum cleaner, there is a red lever you will need to press down to release the clear canister cover to access the inside, as seen in the photo below. Be sure to do this over a trash can, as it will cause all of the contents to spill out.

How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum

Now that the clear canister cover is removed, I am going to clean mine with a bit of dish soap and water to get it really clean and clear again. First, I wiped away the dust and debris, and then I gave it a wipe down with a wet soapy rag.

I did the same rinse with my clear canister cover to remove all the the build up and filth that had accumulated there. You can even use an old toothbrush, if you like, to really scrub those vacuum parts.

How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum

You can really see the difference in the photo below. We have a cat, a dog, and a family of five. My Dyson vacuum cleaner really works hard, but it cleaned up nicely.

You can see how much it is improved in the photo below.

How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum

Next, we are going to look at another area of your Dyson vacuum that may be clogged and dirty. You will find this tube and button on the bottom, front side of your Dyson vacuum cleaner.

When you press this blue button, you can release that tube to clean it. You can also see the photo sticker on the vacuum with the instructions in my photo below.

How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum

Finally, the worst and dirtiest part of my Dyson vacuum was the spinning brush area on the underside of the vacuum. I have mine flipped over and unplugged. Obviously, never work on your vacuum while it is powered on or plugged in.

You can see the screws holding the parts together in my photo below. We are going to use a butter knife to unscrew this area to clean it.

Use a flat head screwdriver or a butter knife to remove this part to clean it. You can see how I do so in my photo below.

Once you have unscrewed these parts, it simply lifts off of the vacuum, as seen below. You can now remove the debris and dirt from your Dyson more freely. We will reattach the parts after we clean it up.

I also use a kitchen knife to remove all the the hair and some string that was wound around the brushes causing them to not spin. If your vacuum brushes are not spinning, you will notice that nothing is really coming up off the carpets as you run your vacuum.

The brushes have to be clean and relatively hair-free to spin properly and allow your vacuum to do it’s job of getting your floors clean.

After you remove all of the dirt from the brush area, take your hand and spin your brush roller to check that it is rotating as it should. Again, never do so while your vacuum is plugged in or powered on.

Finally, we will look at another access point on your Dyson vacuum that may be clogged. You will see a grey button that will allow you to release this part, as seen in my photo below.

It is easiest to empty this part if your canister is removed first.You can see mine below.

You can really see a difference once you get your Dyson vacuum clean. Mine is running just like new now, and it is several years old. The suction is much improved, also.

I hope you have benefitted from my tutorial on how to clean a Dyson vacuum. Let me know your results in the comments below.

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