How to clean a Dyson

Pardon me for starting the week on a cleaning note, but I found something out on Saturday that completely passed me by. Did you know that Dyson recommends cleaning two filters in their vacuums every three months? I had no idea. Just out of curiosity, I opened the top of my Dyson's canister and saw that the filter had little faucets all over it. That's what prompted me to look up this information.

If you have a Dyson, do you clean the filters? Did you know it was supposed to be done every three months?

My Dyson is at least two years old and I've never noticed the clasp that opens the canister. Shame on me for never reading the manual completely through, either! There's a second filter in my machine's ball that should be cleaned as well.

Unlock the handle and lay it down so the entire vacuum is relatively flat on the floor. Just press the blue button on the ball and part of it will come right off.

Then, hit the red button under that piece and the filter will be released. Tug upward a little bit and it will pop out completely.

How did I miss all this? All you have to do to clean the filters is run them under water (the top filter can be rung out, the bottom one gets filled and flipped over numerous times to clean it).

I guess this is such a common support issue that "How do I wash the filter on my Dyson" is the #1 FAQ in the support section of the Dyson website.

I should also add that while I think the Dyson is a nice vacuum, I don't belong to the cult that seems to rave about the thing. It's heavy. It's loud. Baxter is terrified of it. I think my old neighbor's bagless upright works just as well (her dog had a tendency to shred things, so I used her machine a few times while she was away). I was seduced by all the raving on message boards about the thing. I guess it's probably better than some cheap vacuums, but I don't think it's head and shoulders above other high-end machines out there.

I promise this week will have more fun posts than this. I'll have pictures of the kitchen now that everything is pretty much done in there, some art that I bought on a whim at Charlottesville's Mistletoe Market, a giveaway, and my little commentary on those "what I wore" websites. Buckle up. It's going to be a fun week.


  1. I do it about every 6 months. My parents recently gave me theirs (the purple one), and they hadn't cleaned the filters ever in 5 years. When I first turned it on, the room filled with a stink of feet and cat urine. I washed the filter 4 times in 2 days - much better now.

  2. Ugh...I had no idea I was supposed to do that either. I guess I really should read the manual too. Nasty. I've had mine for a few years now. I'm a little afraid of what I might find!

  3. WOAH! I didnt' know this either! Thank you sooo much for the heads up! I'm going to see if I can con my husband into rinsing them out since its his kitty hair i'm constantly vaccuming up =) ahahaha

    Jenn L @ Peas & Crayons

  4. I recently started reading your blog. I came across it while looking for adding moulding to my kitchen cabinets (and yours look wonderful). I also have a Dyson and realized that I've never cleaned the filter. I wasn't too dirty, but then I thought 'Let me check the beater bar' and OH MY! It was gross! Thanks for giving me the idea to check it!


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