How to Clean a Dyson Cordless (V6, V7, V8, V10) Including Filters and Bins

How to Clean Dyson Cordless (V6, V7, V8, V10) Including Filters and Bins

Dyson’s are fantastic vacuum cleaners, and with their cordless models taking the world by storm, you need to be prepared for the inevitable moment that you find yourself running out to buy one. Similarly, if you have already invested in one of these fantastic machines, you should know how to clean and take care of your new vacuum cleaner. In this guide, we take you through how to clean the head, filter, and bin for every model in the V range of cordless vacuums – so you are perfectly informed.

Important Safety Warnings When Cleaning

While the items in this list may seem very obvious, it is important to make a note of them here before we start our cleaning guide. Here are the things you should never do when you are maintaining your vacuum cleaner:

  • Do not use detergents, polishes or air fresheners to clean the clear bin.
  • Do not put the clear bin in a dishwasher.
  • Do not put the filter in a dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, oven, microwave or near a naked flame.
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    Beware of sharp objects when checking for blockages.
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    Some products have carbon fibre brushes. Take care if coming into contact with them, as they may cause minor skin irritation. Wash your hands after handling the brushes.

Cleaning the Dyson V6 

Washing the Dust Bin

Step 1: Removing the Bin
In order to release the clear bin from the cyclone, you need to push the red button next to it in order to open the base of the bin. Press it a second time to release the clear bin from the main body. Remove it carefully.

Step 2: Cleaning the Clear Bin
You should only use a damp cloth to clean the inside. Make sure it is not too wet, and gently scrub the interior.

Step 3: Cleaning the Shroud
Take the dusting brush on the combination tool and use it to gently remove lint and dust. You should never immerse the cyclone unit in water or pour water into the cyclones.

Step 4: Refit the Bin
Once the bin is completely dry, push it up and into the main body of the vacuum cleaner. Once you hear it click into place, the task is done.

Washing the Filter 

Step 1: Removing the Filter
Make sure the vacuum cleaner is unplugged from the charger before you remove the filter, and do not press the “on” button. Remove the filter by lifting it out of the top of the machine.

Step 2: Washing the Filter
Use cold water to wash the filter by running it over the outside until the water is clear. Squeeze and twist the filter with both hands to remove any excess water.

Step 3: Drying the Filter
Place the filter on its side and leave it to dry for a minimum of 24 hours, or until completely dry.

Step 4: Replacing the Filter
Place the dry filter back into the top of the machine, make sure it is sealed properly, and you are good to go.

Cleaning the Dyson V6

Washing the Brush Bar 

Step 1: Removing the Tool
Disconnect the Motorised floor tool from the wand by pressing the release button.

Step 2: Unlocking the End Cap
Place the floorhead upside down so that the underside is facing you. Then, take a coin and unlock the fastener that is marked with a padlock.

Step 3: Removing the Large Brush Bar
Rotate the end cap to the open position, then gently slide the large brush bar away from the cleaner head. Remove the end cap from the brush bar.

Step 4: Removing the Small Brush Bar
Lift the small brush bar away from the octagonal end and pull it out of the floor tool.

Step 5: Washing the Brush Bar
Hold each of the brush bars under running water and gently rub it to remove any lint or dirt.

Step 6: Drying the Brush Bar
Stand each of the brush bars upright and leave them both to dry for at least 24 hours (or longer if needed)

Step 7: Refitting the Small Brush Bar
Once they are completely dry, you must replace the small brush bar before the large one. Insert the round end of the bar into place, and then push down the octagonal end until it clicks into place.

Step 8: Refitting the End Cap
Now, you can reattach the end cap to the brush bar.

Step 9: Refitting the Large Brush Bar
Slide the large brush bar back onto the floor tool while the end cap is in the open position. Once it is in place, rotate the end cap back into the closed position.

Step 10: Locking the End Cap
Grab the coin again and fasten the cap by turning it clockwise. Ensure that it is fully turned, and both the baseplate and brush bar are secure. Then, put the motorised tool back onto the wand.

Cleaning the Dyson V7 

Washing the Dust Bin

Step 1: Removing the Bin
In order to release the clear bin from the cyclone, you need to push the red button next to it in order to open the base of the bin. Press it a second time to release the clear bin from the main body. Remove it carefully.

Step 2: Cleaning the Clear Bin
You should only use a damp cloth to clean the inside. Make sure it is not too wet, and gently scrub the interior.

Step 3: Cleaning the Shroud
Take the dusting brush on the combination tool and use it to gently remove lint and dust. You should never immerse the cyclone unit in water or pour water into the cyclones.

Step 4: Refit the Bin
Once the bin is completely dry, push it up and into the main body of the vacuum cleaner. Once you hear it click into place, the task is done.

Washing the Filter 

Step 1: Removing the Filter
Once the vacuum has been disconnected from the charging point, you can remove the filter by lifting it out of the top of the machine. Be careful not to press the trigger while you are doing so.

Step 2: Washing the Filter
Wash the outside of the filter by holding it under cold running water until it is clear instead of murky. Once this is done, squeeze and twist the filter with both hands to remove excess water.

Step 3: Drying the Filter
Place the filter on its side and leave it to dry for a minimum of 24 hours, or until completely dry.

Step 4: Replacing the Filter
Place the dry filter back into the top of the machine and make sure that it is sealed properly.

Cleaning the Dyson V7

Washing the Brush Bar 

Step 1: Removing the Tool
Disconnect the Motorised floor tool from the wand by pressing the release button.

Step 2: Unlocking the End Cap
Turn the floorhead upside down so that you are facing the underside. Take a coin and use it to unlock the fastener, which is marked with a padlock.

Step 3: Removing the Large Brush Bar
Once the end cap is in the open position, gently slide the large brush bar away from the cleaner head, then remove the end cap from it.

Step 4: Removing the Small Brush Bar
Lift the small brush bar out of the octagonal end and away from the floor tool.

Step 5: Washing the Brush Bar
Hold each of the brush bars under running water and gently rub it to remove any lint or dirt.

Step 6: Drying the Brush Bar
Stand each of the brush bars upright and leave them both to dry for at least 24 hours until they are bone dry.

Step 7: Refitting the Small Brush Bar
Once they are completely dry, you must replace the small brush bar before the large one. Insert the round end of the bar into place, and then push down the octagonal end until it clicks into place.

Step 8: Refitting the End Cap
Now, you can reattach the end cap to the brush bar.

Step 9: Refitting the Large Brush Bar
Slide the large brush bar back onto the floor tool while the end cap is in the open position. Once it is in place, rotate the end cap back into the closed position.

Step 10: Locking the End Cap
Grab the coin again and fasten the cap by turning it clockwise. Ensure that it is fully turned, and both the baseplate and brush bar are secure. Then, put the motorised tool back onto the wand.

Cleaning the Dyson V8

Washing the Dust Bin

Step 1: Removing the Clear Bin
To release the dust canister from the cyclone, simply hold the machine by the handle and pull the red lever back. Lift it upwards to release the cyclone, and continue until the base of the bin opens fully. After this, press the red bin release catch and remove it with care.

Step 2: Cleaning the Bin
Only use a damp cloth to clean the bin, and ensure that it is not too wet. Use it to gently remove dirt from the interior of the clear canister.

Step 3: Cleaning the Shroud
Take the combination tool and click the dusting brush in place. You can then use it to remove lint and dust from the machine, but never immerse the cyclone in water or pour water into the cyclones themselves.

Step 4: Refit the Bin
Ensure the clear bin is completely dry before replacing. To replace the clear bin, push the clear bin up and into the main body of the machine, allowing it to click into place.

Step 5: Refit the Cyclone
Align the runners on the cyclone with the slots on the main body before sliding it down until it clicks into place. Once this is done, close the bin base, allowing it to click, and completing the process.

Washing the Pre-Filter 

Step 1: Removing the Filter
Once the vacuum has been disconnected from the charging point, you can remove the filter by lifting it out of the top of the machine. Be careful not to press the trigger while you are doing so as this will turn the vacuum on.

Step 2: Washing the Filter
Wash the outside of the filter by holding it under cold running water until it is clear. Once this is done, squeeze and twist the filter with both hands to remove excess water.

Step 3: Drying the Filter
Place the filter on its side and leave it to dry for a minimum of 24 hours, or until completely dry. It is important to note that it could take two days to dry fully.

Step 4: Replacing the Filter
Place the dry filter back into the top of the machine and make sure that it is sealed properly.

Washing the Post-Filter

Step 1: Removing the Filter
Ensure the machine is disconnected from the charger before removing the filter. Be careful not to pull the trigger as this will turn the vacuum on. To remove the filter, twist anticlockwise to the open position, and pull away from the machine.

Step 2: Washing the Filter
Wash the inside of the filter with cold water, and ensure that it is running. Rotate the filter as you do so, ensuring all the pleats are covered. Then, gently tap the filter against the side of the sink to remove debris and excess water. Repeat the process until the filter is clean.

Step 3: Drying the Filter
Place the filter in an upright position and leave to dry for at least 24 hours, although the process may take longer.

Step 4 - Replacing the Filter
Once the filter is completely dry, return it to the open position and twist it clockwise until you hear it click into place.

Cleaning the Dyson V8

Washing the Soft Roller and Brush Bar 

Step 1: Removing the Tool
First, disconnect the motorised floor tool from the wand by pressing the release button.

Step 2: Unlocking the End Cap
Turn the floorhead upside down so that you are facing the underside. Take a coin and use it to unlock the fastener, this is marked with a padlock symbol.

Step 3: Removing the Large Brush Bar
Once the end cap is in the open position, gently slide the large brush bar away from the cleaner head, then remove the cap.

Step 4: Removing the Small Brush Bar
Lift the small burhs bar out of the octagonal end. Following this, move it out and away from the floor tool.

Step 5: Washing the Brush Bar
Gently rub the brush bars under cold running water to remove any dirt or lint that has become caught in the bristles.

Step 6: Drying the Brush Bar
Stand each of the brush bars upright and leave them both to dry for at least 24 hours, although the process can take longer to complete.

Step 7: Refitting the Small Brush Bar
Once they are completely dry, it is important that you replace the small brush bar before the large one. Insert the round end of the bar into place, and then push down the octagonal end until it clicks.

Step 8: Refitting the End Cap
At this point, you can reattach the end cap.

Step 9: Refitting the Large Brush Bar
Slide the large brush bar back onto the floor tool while the end cap is in the open position. Once it is in place, rotate the end cap back into the closed position.

Step 10: Locking the End Cap
Using the coin, fasten the end cap by turning it clockwise and ensure that it is fully turned. Check that the baseplate and brush bar is secure, and then place the floorhead back onto the wand.

Soft Roller Removal

Step 1: Removing the Soft Roller
Disconnect the soft roller floor tool from the wand by pressing the release button.

Step 2: Unlocking the End Cap
Turn the Soft roller floor tool upside down, so the underside of the floor tool is facing you. Then, use a coin to unlock the fastener, which is marked with a padlock.

Step 3: Removing the Brush Bar
Rotate the end cap to the open position, and then gently slide the brush bar away from the floorhead. You can then remove the end cap.

Step 4: Washing the Brush Bar
While holding the brush bar under cool running water, gently rub it to remove any lint and debris.

Step 5: Drying the Brush Bar
Standing the brush bar upright, leave it to dry for at least 24 hours. Bear in mind that it could take longer for it to finish drying.

Step 6: Refitting the End Cap
Reattach the end cap to the brush bar once it is completely dry.

Step 7: Refitting the Brush Bar
Now, slide the brush bar back into the floor tool and around the motor with the end cap in the open position. Once it is in place, rotate the end cap back into the closed position. You can do this using a coin to turn it clockwise, and afterwards, you should ensure the baseplate and brush bar are secure.

Cleaning the Dyson V10 

Washing the Dust Bin

Step 1: Remove the Bin
Fully push the red bin release lever away from the handle of the machine. Press and hold the red catch on the underside of the bin and slide the bin off the machine. Use a damp cloth to clean the clear bin if necessary.

Step 2: Check Bin Seals
Check the seals around the top of the bin where it fits the machine, and check the seals around the rim of the bin lid for any damage.

Step 3: Check the Cyclone Shroud and Inlet
With the bin removed, check that there is no build-up of dust and debris around the cyclone shroud. Remove as necessary with a dry cloth or the dusting brush from the combination tool. With the machine facing away from you, on the right side of the cyclone, you will find a small inlet. Check the inlet for any dust, debris, or fibres, and remove as necessary

Washing the Filter 

Step 1: Removing the Filter
Remove the filter by twisting anticlockwise to the open position and gently pull it away.

Step 2: Cleaning the Filter
Remove any excess debris from the filter before washing. Wash the inside of filter unit first, and hold it upright under a cold tap while agitating it using a rotating motion. Wash the outside of the filter unit. Fill unit with cold water, hold one of your hands over the top, and shake gently. Repeat both processes until water runs clear. Gently tap filter to remove excess moisture before you dry it out.

Step 3: Drying the Filter
Leave unit to dry in the open (and facing up) for 24 hours or until completely dry

Step 4: Refitting the Filter
Ensure filter is completely dry before you refit it. To refit, return filter unit to the open position and twist clockwise until it clicks into place.

Cleaning the Dyson V10

Washing the Brush Bar 

Step 1: Removing the Soft Roller
Disconnect the soft roller floor tool from the wand by pressing the release button.

Step 2: Unlocking the End Cap
Flip the soft roller upside down so that you can see the underside. After that, take a coin and unlock the fastener which is marked with a padlock symbol.

Step 3: Removing the Brush Bar
Rotate the end cap to the open position, and then gently slide the brush bar away from the floorhead before removing the end cap.

Step 4: Washing the Brush Bar
While holding the brush bar under cool running water, gently rub it to remove any lint and debris.

Step 5: Drying the Brush Bar
Leave the brush to dry for at least 24 hours standing upright. It should be noted that the drying process can take longer.

Step 6: Refitting the End Cap
Reattach the end cap to the brush bar once it is completely dry.

Step 7: Refitting the Brush Bar
Now, slide the brush bar back into the floor tool and around the motor with the end cap in the open position. Once it is in place, rotate the end cap back into the closed position. You can do this using a coin to turn it clockwise, and afterwards, you should ensure the baseplate and brush bar are secure.

To Conclude 

Hopefully, this guide has helped you learn how to clean your Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner, and you now have the knowledge to keep your model in top condition, so it’s always ready to go. It’s not a difficult process, and while it may be a little time-consuming, it can be the difference between your vacuum lasting ages, and the machine malfunctioning after a year or so of use. The filters are essential in this respect, but keeping the rest of it clean is also beneficial.

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