How to Clean Dyson V11 Filter? (5 Easy Steps)

I recently posted a detailed guide on how to clean the Dyson V11 vacuum.

Some of my readers asked me to write a separate post specifically about cleaning the filter through the comments section.

Since the filter plays a vital role in the vacuum’s performance and needs proper maintenance, I think it’s essential to address this topic thoroughly.

So, I’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to clean the V11 filter to help you out.

Let’s dive into it…

How to Clean Dyson V11 Filter

  • First, disconnect the vacuum from the power source.
  • Then, remove and wash the filter with cold water.
  • Allow the filter to dry completely.
  • Once it’s completely dry, reinstall the filter.


Here is the step-by-step process:

Step 1: Unplug the vacuum

Unplug your vacuum

Before starting the cleaning process, turn off the device and unplug it from the charging station.

You’ll also want to remove any attachments you have, such as the hoses, soft brush tool, extension wand, etc., and set them aside.

Removing as much as possible will help speed up the process and make it safer, reducing the risk of an electric shock.

Step 2: Remove the filter

clean dyson v11 filter

Most Dyson filters are located near the cyclone. Carefully lift and remove it. They are typically purple in color, making them easy to identify.

Remove the pre-filter from the cyclone assembly, then rotate the post-filter counter-clockwise and remove it from the back of the device.

Note: some Dyson upright vacuums have multiple filters. Check the rear of the machine or inside the ball to see if there is a separate filter.

Step 3: Wash the filter

Clean the v11 filter

After removing the filter from the vacuum, gently tap the pre-filter upside down to remove any debris, and then rinse it under cold water both inside and outside.

Tap it once more and shake it off to get rid of any remaining particles. This process may need to be repeated multiple times until the water runs clear.

Squeeze the pre-filter with both hands to remove any excess water. Run water to the open end of the post-filter, then tap and shake it to dislodge any particles stuck inside.

When cleaning your filter, Dyson recommends avoiding detergents and soaps. Cold water is sufficient, and you should not wash or put your filter in the dishwasher.

Step 4: Let the filter dry

Dry the filter

Once you have cleaned the filter correctly, let it dry completely before reinstalling it.

Avoid putting it in a tumble dryer; instead, leave it in a warm area of your home for up to 24 hours.

Step 5: Reinstall the filter

Reinstall the filter back into the vacuum.

You’ll be surprised at how much simply washing your filters can improve the overall performance of your Dyson vacuum.

Try cleaning the filter every few months. This will help keep the vacuum running smoothly and prevent allergens from clogging up the machine.


Q. How often should I clean my Dyson V11 filter?

It’s best to clean your vacuum filter at least once a month, and even more often if you use your machine heavily.

After cleaning, make sure to leave it to air dry for at least 24 hours.

Q. My vacuum is pulsing after cleaning the filter!

If your Dyson V11 is pulsing after cleaning the filter, there could be a few possible reasons.

One is that the filter is still dirty, and another is that the filter may not be seated correctly.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Make sure the filter is completely dry before reinstalling it. If it’s still wet, the vacuum will continue to pulse.
  • Double-check that the filter is installed correctly. If it’s not, the vacuum will also pulse.
  • Ensure that the area around the filter is clear of debris. Anything blocking the filter can cause pulsing.

If the vacuum still pulsing after these steps, replace the filter. But if the vacuum is still under warranty, contact Dyson customer care for a free repair.

Q. How often should I replace the Dyson V11 filter?

The filter in your Dyson V11 vacuum collects all the dust and dirt, and over time, it can get clogged, which reduces the vacuum’s suction power.

Dyson recommends replacing the filter every 12 months, but if you have pets or live in a particularly dusty environment, you may need to replace it more frequently.

Q: What happens if I don’t clean the filter on my Dyson V11 vacuum cleaner?

If you don’t regularly clean the filter, the vacuum will gradually lose suction power as dirt and debris accumulate and block the filter. As a result, your vacuum won’t be able to pick up any more dirt and debris.

Q: What happens if I put a wet filter in my vacuum cleaner?

If you put a wet filter in the vacuum, it will emit a foul odor and not work properly. The filter will also become clogged, necessitating more frequent replacement.