Cleaning Dyson Brush: V8, V10, V11 and V15 + Video

Dyson vacuum cleaners are excellent appliances, but at times, they need to be cleaned themselves, or they won’t do a good job of keeping your carpets and furnishings spotless.

Cleaning Dyson brush regularly reduces the risk of it getting clogged up and damaged. It may also help it to suck better, improving the efficiency of your cleaning. You can wash a brush bar in cold water, but do not put it in your dishwasher.

Let’s learn more about washing a Dyson brush bar and why it’s important to do this frequently!

Why Should You Clean A Dyson Brush?

Why Clean A Dyson Brush

It’s important to regularly clean and wash your Dyson vacuum filter but at the same time it is aslo important to clean the brush bar regularly because this is responsible for picking up dirt and helping the vacuum to clean.

If the brush gets clogged up with hair and dust, it will not be able to pick up new dust very effectively.

This results in much poorer performance from the vacuum and can mean that you spend longer vacuuming for the same results – making your cleaning process less efficient. Nobody wants to spend extra time vacuuming!

That means you should regularly clean your Dyson vacuum filters and brush bar.

How often you need to do this depends on how often you use the vacuum and the kind of dirt it picks up, but make a habit of checking the brush and cleaning it whenever it looks dirty.

Note that while you can wash many of the Dyson vacuum tools in this manner, including the soft brush bar, some attachments aren’t designed to be washed, like the hair screw tool. These can be wiped with a damp microfiber cloth instead.

Always check the manual before washing any part of your Dyson vacuum cleaner, as getting certain parts wet could damage the machine.

How To Clean A Dyson Brush? Cleaning Dyson V8, V10, V11 and V15 Brush

It’s not difficult to clean and wash Dyson vacuums brush bar. Do note, however, that the manufacturer does not recommend putting this part in your dishwasher under any circumstances. It is not designed to be washed in hot water and a dishwasher may destroy it.

Instead, follow the guide below, and you’ll soon have a clean and functional part once more.

Step 1: Remove The Brush bars upright

Before doing anything else, make sure your vacuum is disconnected from the power and cannot be switched on. This is a safety measure. If it’s a battery-powered model and you can disconnect the battery, do so.

Next, turn your vacuum over and inspect the brush bar. In many models, the bar slides out of the side of the vacuum.

You may need to use a coin to turn the end cap into the unlocked position. You should then be able to slide the brush bar out, and remove the end cap (which should not be washed).

If you can’t figure out how to remove the brush bar, Check your Dyson vacuum’s model for “brush removal” and you should find a specific guide.

Step 2: Clean The Brush And Housing

Cleaning Dyson V8, V10, V11 and V15 Brush

Next, use a rag to wipe down the brush’s housing and remove any dust or debris from that area. You can dampen the rag, but do not make the housing too wet, as it is not designed to handle water.

When you’ve finished with the housing, move on to the brush. You want to remove all the hairs and fibers that have gotten tangled around the brush. You can use your fingers, tweezers, or any other tool to do this.

Make sure you get rid of all the fibers, especially long ones that have tangled around the brush. You can cut any stubborn ones, but be careful not to cut the brush’s bristles.

Step 3: Wash The Brush

It is safe to wash the brush under cold water, and this can help to remove any remaining dirt that you aren’t able to get rid of.

Make sure you remove the end cap before you put the brush under the tap, as this part is not intended to be washed.

Run the cold tap, put your brush under the flow, and gently rub the bristles to remove dirt and dust that is clogging them up. You can use a soft toothbrush to rub around the bristles too if this helps to free the dirt.

Do not use hot water or soap on your Dyson brush, as it is not designed to be cleaned this way, and they may damage it.

Step 4: Dry The Brush

To dry the brush, simply stand it on end and leave it somewhere reasonably warm (but not hot). The water will drip out of the bristles and evaporate, and the brush should soon dry.

Make sure it is completely dry before you reinstall it and use the front vacuum attachment, or water may get into the machine and destroy it.

When you think the brush is dry, pick it up and double-check by running your fingers or a piece of tissue along the base of the bristles.

If it’s still damp, wait longer for it to dry. In general, you should wait about 24 hours for it to dry.

Don’t use a hairdryer, a dryer, or any other kind of tool to speed up the drying of your brush, and don’t place it on a radiator.

Being exposed to heat could damage and warp the bristles. It’s recommended that you allow the brush to completely air dry.

Step 5: Put The Brush Back

When the brush is dry, fit the end cap back onto it and return it to the housing. Screw the end cap into place using a coin, and your vacuum should now be ready to use again.

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Problems You Can Face If you Don’t Clean the Dyson Brush

Problems You Can Face If you Don't Clean Dyson brush

To avoid potential issues, it’s important to regularly clean the brush.

Neglecting this task could result in:

  1. a clogged vacuum cleaner with reduced suction power,
  2. a non-spinning Dyson roller that can’t pick up dirt,
  3. a broken motorized brush, or
  4. a faster-draining battery.

This doesn’t only cause problems with the vacuum itself but may also have a negative impact on the Dyson vacuum battery life.

Replacing Dyson Roller Brush With a New One

If you’ve cleaned the roller brush multiple times and it’s still not removing animal hairs effectively or has become less soft, it may be time to replace it.

Do Dyson brush bars wear out? Yes, the brush hairs can wear out over time, which can also damage wooden floors if the main brush bar is too stiff.

You can replace the roller brush with a new one, which means you don’t need to purchase an entirely new brush.

However, it’s crucial to confirm that the roller brush you choose is compatible with the Dyson brush you’re using.

Brush Type
Dyson Fluffy BrushView Brush
Dyson Torque Drive MotorheadView Brush
Dyson Laser Slim Fluffy BrushView Brush
Dyson Screw-shaped tangle-free brushNA
Dyson Mini brushView Brush

Final Thoughts

Washing a Dyson brush is very easy, and it can make your vacuum cleaner more effective, reducing the amount of time you need to spend cleaning.

Simply slot the brush out of its casing, wash it in cold running water, and then allow it to dry before reinstalling it in the machine.

Check our detailed guide for more information on Dyson Vacuum Cleaning.

Happy Cleaning!

Robbert Randy

Robbert is an expert in vacuums. He graduated from the University of Applied Science with a degree in Commercial Economics in 2019. He tests and provide troubleshooting tips to vacuum users on his website. He don’t do this for profit–he simply want to research the best models out there and share his findings.

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