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How to Clean a Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner

Written by James Hall |

how to clean a dirt devil vacuum

Does your Dirt Devil need to be cleaned? Here’s how to clean a Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner and maintain its performance.

Dirt and other debris builds up on Dirt Devil vacuum filters, brush rolls, canisters, and hoses, which can affect performance over time. It’s important to clean your Dirt Devil to maintain its suction power and all-round performance.

The exact method for cleaning your Dirt Devil depends on which model you buy. But here’s a broad guide to cleaning one of these vacuums to help you get started.

Before We Begin…

Make sure your vacuum cleaner is switched off and unplugged before performing any maintenance tasks. Cleaning your vacuum while it’s still connected to the mains supply could risk electrocution.

Also make sure everything you clean is allowed to dry for at least 24 hours before being reassembled.

The tips below are a general guideline for Dirt Devil vacuums, but instructions for specific models may vary so make sure you check your manual (don’t rely on this guide alone).

How to Deep Clean a Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner

1. Empty the Bin and Clean the Dirt Devil Filters

Filters are one of the most important parts of a vacuum to clean. While most of the dirt picked up during vacuuming is caught in the canister, some gets stuck to the filter and forms a thin covering layer. This layer can greatly reduce airflow and suction power.

Here’s how to clean the filters on a Dust Devil vacuum cleaner. We’ve used the Dirt Devil Versa Cordless as an example, but make sure you check your instruction manual for specific instructions if you’re using a different model.

  1. Put the vacuum into its upright position and make sure the vacuum isn’t charging.
  2. Hold the dirt cup, then press the release button. You’ll then be able to remove the filter and filter housing from the top of the dust cup.
  3. Empty the dust cup into an outdoor bin.
  4. Remove the filter from the filter housing.
  5. Run the filter under cold water to rinse away dirt and other debris. Keep rinsing until the water runs clear.
  6. Allow at least 24 hours for the filter to fully dry.
  7. Once dry, place the filter back into the housing, then replace inside the dust cup. However, you may want to perform the next step before replacing the filter.

The instructions above are for a cordless Dirt Devil. Many corded upright Dirt Devil vacuums have two filters, so you may need to clean the exhaust filter too (although check the manual to ensure that it’s washable.)

Cleaning other Dirt Devil filters is similar, but make sure you read your instruction manual to ensure you’re using the right method. We recommend cleaning washable filters once each month.

Tip: You shouldn’t use any sort of soap or detergent when cleaning your Dirt Devil filter. This could damage the filter material and make it less effective.

2. Clean the Dirt Devil’s Dust Cup

Cleaning the filter is also a great time to get rid of any dirt or grime that’s caught in the dust cup.

Detach the dust cup from the vacuum, remove the filter and/or cyclonic assembly, then give it a good shake off into an outdoor bin. Use a damp microfibre cloth to wipe away dirt, grime, and hair that’s caught inside the cup.

Make sure to let the dust cup fully dry before you re-attach it to the vacuum.

3. Remove Tangles and Dust From the Brush Roll

If your Dirt Devil has a rotating brush bar, then it’s important to remove any tangles and clumps of dirt to make sure it can turn smoothly.

Start by removing the base plate of your Dirt Devil, then take out the brush roll. Check the manual if you’re not sure how to do this. Then use a soft paint brush (or other soft brush) to remove any visible dust or dirt from inside the floorhead.

Once you’ve dusted the floorhead, check the brush roll for any tangled hair. The easiest way to remove this is by cutting it away with scissors, although make sure that you don’t accidentally cut the bristles. You can then wipe it down with a microfibre cloth.

We don’t recommend submerging the brush roll in water, as this could affect the bristles.

Tip: The process of cleaning a Dirt Devil can get very dusty! We recommend cleaning your vacuum outdoors. Or, if you have a second vacuum, you can hold the hose close to where you’re dusting to pick up the majority of the particles.

4. Check for Any Blockages

If your vacuum cleaner has a hose, then detach it from the main body and check both ends for any signs of a blockage.

You should also check the entrance to the floorhead and entrance to the dust cup. Both of these locations are prone to blockages.

5. Clean the Dirt Devil’s Tools

If your Dirt Devil comes with extra tools and accessories, make sure to give these a deep clean too.

The crevice tool, in particular, may have developed a serious blockage if it hasn’t been cleaned for a while. Check both ends to see whether there’s a clump of hair, fluff, or other debris that needs to be pulled out.

You can usually rinse non-motorised tools in cool water and wipe with a microfibre cloth. Allow the tools to fully dry before using them again. As with all vacuum cleaners, motorised tools should not be rinsed or submerged.

6. (Optional) Dust the Rest of the Vacuum Exterior

If you want a true deep clean, then get a soft dusting brush and use it to clear any dust from the rest of the vacuum’s exterior. Unclip any hoses on your Dirt Devil to access all the inlets and outlets.

Once you’ve got rid of the worst of the dust, follow up with a microfibre cloth (you can make this slightly damp but not wet) to remove the rest.

Never use a wet or damp cloth anywhere near the vacuum’s motor or power cord, even when the vacuum is switched off.


Dirt Devil vacuums provide great value for money, but just like all vacuum cleaners they need regular maintenance. We hope the tips above help you to give your Dirt Devil a thorough deep clean and restore its performance.

Do you have any questions about how to deep clean a Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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