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Dyson vacuums are some of the most advanced vacuum cleaners on the market today, but they do require occasional cleaning of the HEPA filter to maintain proper functionality and the most efficient cleaning power. Before performing any type of maintenance, unplug the vacuum from the outlet to prevent electrical shock. To start cleaning the HEPA filter, the clear bin will need to be removed. Press the cyclone release button located at the top of the clear bin to release the latch holding the bin in place. Tilt it out at about a twenty degree angle and slide out. While it is not necessary to clean the clear bin to clean the HEPA filter it is highly recommended for those owners who suffer from allergies and Asthma.
The clear bin should be emptied into a trash can or trash bag outside of the home to ensure the dust and dirt are not reintroduced into the home environment. A simple shaking motion will release the dust from the clear bin after releasing the trigger holding the dust in the clear bin. Be sure to close the clear bin while it is inside the bag or trash can to ensure the dust stays in the bag or can. Cleaning the clear bin will limit the amount of dust and dirt that are introduced to the filter after it has been cleaned and will improve performance. The clear bin may be cleaned with water, but it should be completely dry before inserting it into the Dyson vacuum.
The HEPA filter in Dyson vacuums should be cleaned at least every six months, but if used on a regular basis to remove dust and animal dander it should be cleaned more often to promote optimal performance. To clean the HEPA filter the clear bin or canister needs to be removed to reveal the filter. Not to worry, the Dyson is extremely easy to clean and take apart. A small mesh tab is located atop the filter, which will need to be pulled to expose the filter casing. A sticker on the filter casing will enable the owner to monitor their cleaning of the filter by circling the months in which the filter needs to be cleaned.
A filter release latch is located on the outside of the casing to remove the casing itself; do so now. Next remove the filter from its casing to start the cleaning process. The filter casing does not need to be cleaned, set it aside until after the filter has been cleaned. There are two parts to the filter--a yellow cage and a blue filter; these are the parts that need to be cleaned and rinsed. Using only cold water and no cleanser rinse the blue foam filter and gently squeeze the water from it until it runs clear. The yellow cage should be rinsed and tapped until the water also runs through it clear.
Set the cage and filter in a warm dry place and allow to completely dry for at least twelve hours. Never use a mechanical dyer, oven or microwave to dry the filter and cage as it can degenerate the filters. Place the filter and cage into the vacuum and the project is finished. Make sure all of the latches and connections are securely in place before starting the vacuum.
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