How to Clean Dyson V11 Filter: Maintenance Made Easy

If you ask me, the Dyson V11 vacuum is a real lifesaver. I hate vacuuming and had nasty experiences with big, bulky corded vacuums. 

So a lightweight cordless cleaner like the Dyson V11 made spotless home possible. The only issue: how to clean the Dyson V11 filter?

So I did a little digging and found the easiest fail-proof methods of cleaning your vacuum filter. Doing so will make cleaning more effective, as a blocked filter will not suction the dust off your floors.

If your Dyson V11 unit has been acting weird lately, check out the filter. If it seems too dusty and dirty, give this article a read. And then get to cleaning Dyson V11 filters!

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How to Clean a Dyson V11 Filter

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For first-time users, it may be a little alarming to take apart your vacuum to clean it. This guide will make it a little less nerve-wracking. But as you will see, Dyson V11 torque drive filter cleaning is actually quite easy.

  1. Turn off the vacuum and make sure it is unplugged before you begin.
  2. Use a soft dry cloth or sponge to wipe down the Dyson V11 and get rid of any dust and debris on the surface.
  3. Following the user manual, take apart the filter. Be careful and work slowly so that you don’t break any of the vacuum components.
  4. Wash the Dyson V11 filter. First, tap it firmly on a surface to loosen all the dirt.
  5. Then, wash it under running water to get rid of the trapped dust and debris. Take your time to make sure there is no dirt left behind.
  6. Shake the filter to remove the excess water and pat it dry with a dry cloth, microfiber towel, or a couple of kitchen towels.
  7. Let your filter air dry for at least 24 hours to allow it to dry completely.
  8. Once dry, put it back in your vacuum and reassemble it for your next use.

If there is a lot of caked-on dirt, cleaning will be difficult. When thorough cleaning doesn’t remove any of the debris, it may be a sign that it is time for a Dyson V11 filter replacement. A Dyson V11 outsize filter replacement is pretty easy, as parts are easy to find.

How to Clean a Dyson V11 Animal Filter

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For folks with pets, cleaning is an uphill battle. No matter how much you clean, sweep, dust, and vacuum, your fluffy friend will make a mess and leave fur, allergens, and dander behind.

The Dyson V11 Animal makes cleaning a little bit easier for people who own cats, dogs, rabbits, and even birds! This handheld stick vacuum can trap allergens and bacteria and tiny dirt particles that a regular vacuum cannot clean.

As a result, the filters on these vacuums work overtime and need proper cleaning. This also makes the Dyson V11 Animal filter replacement a frequent occurrence. 

But if you don’t want to replace your filter every few months, clean it once a month by following these steps:

  1. Switch off and unplug the vacuum. Set the machine down on a solid floor to make it easier to disassemble the parts.
  2. Remove the filters and pre-filter by unclipping them.
  3. Use cold running water to clean the filter and pre-filter. Run the water through the ends and sides until all the dust and fur are dislodged and washed away.
  4. If the debris seems hardened, soak the filters for an hour in lukewarm water before running it underwater.
  5. When the filters are completely cleaned, tap their plastic rims on the edge of your tub or sink to remove the excess water.
  6. As mentioned above, let the filters air dry completely for a full day before reinstalling it back into your Dyson Animal vacuum.

Dyson Maintenance Tips

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Besides cleaning the filters, here are a few other things you can do to keep your Dyson working better for much longer:

  • Empty the dust cup when it is almost full, instead of waiting for it to be completely filled with dust and debris.
  • If your vacuum has brush rollers, remove trapped dust bunnies and hair that may be tangled in the brush.
  • If the vacuum suction decreases, check and remove any blockages in the hose.
  • Wipe down the vacuum surface with a slightly dampened sponge or cloth.
  • Make sure your Dyson is fully charged before each use.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to questions frequently asked about cleaning the Dyson V11 filter.

01. How Should I Clean My Dyson V11 Filter?

To clean a Dyson V11 filter, run it under cool water to dislodge any trapped dust and dirt. When you are done rinsing the filter thoroughly, let it dry before reinstalling it into your vacuum.

02. How Often Should I Clean My Dyson Filter?

If you vacuum frequently, washing your filters every 6-8 weeks is a good idea. But if you use your vacuum less often, washing the filter 2-3 times a year is good enough.

03. How Frequently Should I Replace My Vacuum Filter?

Once again this depends on how often you use your filter. If you are constantly cleaning with the V11, replace the filter every 6 months. For all other cases, change the filter whenever needed.

04. Why Does My Vacuum Filter Smell Even After Washing?

If you reinstall a filter that is still wet or damp, it will begin to smell and the damp, musty smell may even spread to your carpets and furniture. To prevent this from happening, dry your filter completely first.

In a Nutshell

Knowing how to clean the Dyson V11 filter will go a long way towards increasing the life of your vacuum. As you can see the process is and takes minimal effort. 

All that is required is some time and patience. So why not show your Dyson V11 some extra love?

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