How to Clean Dyson V11? (Complete Guide with Photo)

To clean your Dyson V11 vacuum, you don’t need to be a professional cleaner.

You just have to follow the right procedure, whether it’s the vacuum manual or an online guide.

However, with the help of this guide, you will be able to clean your Dyson V11 vacuum in a few minutes.

Let’s dive into it…

How to clean the Dyson V11

  • Unplug from the power source.
  • Empty and scrub the dustbin.
  • Wash the filters.
  • Remove tangles from the Brush.
  • Unclog the hose.
  • Lastly, clean the outside of the Vacuum.


Here is the step by step instructions:

Step 1: Gather cleaning aid

clean dyson v11: cleaning aid

This is the first step!

Before you proceed, gather the following requirements:

  • Basin.
  • Scissors.
  • Screwdriver.
  • Microfiber cloths.
  • Compressed air. (optional)
  • Distilled white vinegar. (optional)

Step 2: Unplug from power source

unplug your dyson v11 to clean

Unplug the vacuum from the wall outlet or charging station.

Remove any attachments you have—the hoses, soft brush tool, extension wand, etc.—and set them aside.

Removing as much as possible from your canister will help speed the process and make your job safer, lowering the risk of an electric shock.

Step 3: Empty and scrub the dustbin

Empty dyson v11 dustbin

Pull out the dust canister and empty the bin.

Typically, the dust canister is located beneath the cyclones. There’s a red “bin release” button on various models’ bases.

Once you find the red lever, press it to release the bin and empty the debris into the trash. Give it a good shake with a microfiber cloth and eliminate as much dirt as possible.

Sometimes the bin release button (red lever) can get stuck, and you will not be able to empty the dustbin. If this is the case, read our complete guide to unsticking this bin release button.

Step 4: Wash the filters

Wash Dyson v11 filter

Once you emptied the bin, clean the filter.

To do this, simply remove the filter and run it under cold tap water. Squeeze the water out and repeat until the water flows clear. (Don’t use any chemicals or detergent powder.)

Once the filter is clean, let it dry completely before reinstalling it in the vacuum.

Do not put it in a tumble dryer as it can be damaged. Instead, leave it in a warm area of your home for up to 24 hours.

Step 5: Remove tangles from the Brush

Brush collects hair, debris, and grime from the floor and accumulates it over time.

If left uncleaned, it may stop spinning and lower the cleaning efficiency.

However, the Dyson V11 has two types of brushes in its head: a fluffy attachment and a standard brush.

☞ Clean Dyson v11 Fluffy attachment

Clean the Fluffy attachment

Here’s how to clean the fluffy attachment: (See the above picture for better understanding)

  • Take out the roller attachment.
  • Wash it thoroughly with cold water.
  • Let it dry completely.
  • Finally, reinstall the rollers.

☞ Clean the standard Brush

clean the standrad brush

Here’s how to clean the main brush:

  • Remove the cap by using a coin.
  • Take out the Brush.
  • Clean the Brush with a soft microfiber cloth.
  • Finally, reinstall the Brush in its place.

You can manually remove large particles from the Brush with scissors. For this, cut away any hair or anything else tangled around it.

Step 6: Remove the clog from the hose

Clean dyson v11 hose

Just like the brush, the hose in the Dyson vacuum can become clogged over time, which lowers the suction power.

Disconnect the hose and look inside for any debris. If you see debris stuck in the hose, try using a mop handle to push it through.

To make this process easier, follow these steps:

  • Fill your kitchen sink with one cup of warm water and one cup of vinegar.
  • Hold the hose in a U shape and soak it in the solution.
  • Flush the hose with warm tap water.
  • Allow the hose to dry completely before reconnecting it to your vacuum.

Avoid using harsh chemicals when cleaning the vacuum hose, as this could cause irreversible damage. Instead, use distilled white vinegar to create a household cleanser that can effectively destroy germs and bacteria.

Step 7: Clean the outside of the Vacuum

Clean outside of the dyson v11

Finally, clean the outside of the entire vacuum. Use a damp microfiber cloth for this.

If you are dealing with heavily soiled floors and carpets, they may also contain dirt.

In that case, use a solution of diluted vinegar. Just make sure the vacuum is completely dry before using it again.


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

Like all other vacuums, the Dyson v11 needs to be cleaned regularly to maintain optimal performance. The frequency you need to clean your Dyson V11 will depend on how often you use it and how dirty your floors are.

If you use your Dyson V11 daily on relatively clean floors, you can get away with cleaning it once a week. Otherwise, you can clean it every two to three weeks.

Empty the dustbin after each use and wipe the exterior with a damp cloth. You should also detach and clean the filter a minimum of once a month.

Q. How do I get rid of the bad smell in my Dyson V11?

If your Dyson v11 smells bad, you can do a few things to eliminate the smell.

  • First, make sure that the bin and cyclone are clean.
  • Empty the bin and wash it out with cold water.
  • Clean the cyclone by removing the dustbin and washing it with tap water.

You may also want to try cleaning the filter. To do this, remove the filter and wash it with soap and water. Finally, if the smell persists, you may need to replace the filter.