Maintain your vacuum filter. Extend its life.
Dyson cordless vacuum filters are engineered to capture microscopic particles. Over time, these can build up in the filter and reduce performance. By washing it once a month, you can help maintain suction power.
All our cordless vacuums use at least five layers of advanced, whole-machine filtration to capture 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns.¹
Every machine is tested to ensure it’s fully sealed, so it traps dust and dirt inside and expels cleaner air into your home.
Easy step-by-step guide on how to clean your vacuum filter
We engineer vacuums that are simple to use and easy to look after. We suggest you clean your filter once a month to keep your machine running at maximum efficiency.
1. Remove your Dyson filter(s)
Remove the filter from your Dyson machine.
2. Remove excess debris
Tap your filter lightly on the side of the sink or in the bin, to remove any loose dust and debris.
3. Rinse filter
Wash your filter under warm water – gently squeezing it with your hands.
Don't use detergent.
4. Give it a firm shake
Fill the filter with warm water. With one hand covering each end, shake it firmly to ensure all trapped debris is released. Repeat this step until the water runs clear and then tap the filter to remove all excess water.
5. Leave to dry for 24+ hours
After washing the filter, leave to dry for at least 24 hours in an area with plenty of airflow, such as beside a fan or open window. The filter must be completely dry before you put it back into the machine, or it could damage the motor.
Don't dry the filter in a tumble dryer, microwave or near a naked flame.
Watch the video for filter cleaning tips
Select your machine from the list below to see how to clean your specific vacuum filter.
Does my Dyson 2-year guarantee cover the filter?
Dyson offers a 2-year guarantee on all machines and parts, including batteries and filters. If your machine is within its guarantee period, we'll replace them for you free of charge. In addition, the replacement part will include a 12-month guarantee. If you're an owner, log into My Dyson to see whether you're under guarantee.
Can I use a third party filter with my vacuum?
Dyson engineers have fine-tuned the balance of the filter separation system so that the cyclones, pre-filter and post-filter all remove the right proportion of pollution from the airflow. If you use a third party filter, the media inside could be different and it might affect the performance of the machine.
How often should I wash the filter?
We recommend you wash your filter about once a month, depending on usage.
The screen on your machine will remind you when it's time to clean the filter. This will usually be around once a month, depending on usage.
How long does the filter take to dry
After washing the filter, leave it to dry for at least 24 hours in a place with plenty of airflow, such as near a fan or open window. It's important that the filter is completely dry before it goes back into the machine or you may damage the motor.
Avoid drying the filter in a tumble dryer, microwave or near a naked flame.
How often do I need to buy a new filter?
Our filters are built to last the lifetime of our machines. However, we recommend an additional filter so that you can continue to use your machine while the other is drying. All of our additional parts come with a 12-month guarantee.
If you have a problem with your machine and want to see if it relates to the filter, our step-by-step troubleshooting guide can help you get things working again.
Buy a genuine additional filter
If you have an additional Dyson filter, you can continue to use your machine while the other is drying. Dyson goes to great lengths to use the best technology. We perform significant safety checks and quality controls as part of the process. Only by using a genuine Dyson filter are you ensuring that your machine continues to work as intended, and that your guarantee remains intact.
¹Filtration tested to EN 60312-1 CL5.11 in boost mode.
²Data based on internal experiments or collection of Dyson data, except where the source is indicated otherwise.