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How to look after your vacuum cleaner

Once you know the ins and outs of your new vacuum cleaner, making your home spotless is easy. From cleaning brushes to choosing the right attachment, here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of your vacuum cleaner.

How do I clean my filter?

Filters are great for any allergy sufferers because they trap things like dust, mites and other allergens from being released back into your home. If you want to stay on top of your hay fever, we recommend you clean your filter about once a month. Just bin any of the dust, run the filter under warm water and let it dry out. Filters usually last for a few years, but some may need to be replaced every 6-12 months – you’ll be able to double check this in your product manual.

How do I look after my vacuum cleaner?

If you want your new vacuum to go the full nine yards, it’s going to need a little bit of TLC. Make sure you empty the dust bin every now and again – it’ll overheat if it’s too full. Sometimes, the wheels may pick up bits of dirt too, so give them a wipe with a damp cloth to make sure they don’t scratch hard floors or drag anything mucky through your clean carpets. And if you can hear an odd noise coming from the vacuum, something might be clogging the hose. Turn the vacuum off and see if you can find something to reach up and get rid of the blockage.

How do I clean the brushes?

You’ll want to make sure the brush tool on your vacuum cleaner stays clear of things like hair, fluff and pet fur. Since it’s difficult to get your dog to stop moulting, we recommend regularly checking the brushes and picking out anything that might be clogging it. The brush bar will be easy to remove on a lot of machines, so you shouldn’t have a problem removing it.

How do I empty my vacuum cleaner?

It’s important to regularly empty your vacuum cleaner’s dust bin or it won’t perform as well as it should do. To make sure it keeps performing at its best, simply release the dust bin using the button on your model and empty the dust straight into a bin or bag. Once it’s back into place, it’ll be ready to go again!

How do I use the attachments?

Your vacuum cleaner comes with a whole host of tools so you’re ready to tackle any kind of cleaning job. The crevice tool is perfect for getting in tight corners, under furniture and even up on the ceiling. The dusting brush has soft bristles, perfect for collecting dust from delicate areas like windowsills, skirting boards and bookshelves. Some models have an upholstery tool with a special strip of fabric that’s great on sofas, mattresses and curtains. And if your carpets and furniture are covered in pet hair, Dyson’s Tangle Free Turbine tool works brilliantly on any surface, perfect for cleaning up after Fido.