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How to Clean The Black+Decker PD1420LP Filter

Written by Kaylee Barber |

Pd1420lp filter

Not sure how to clean the filter in the Black+Decker PD1420LP? Here’s a simple method for removing and cleaning this filter.

The Black+Decker PD1420LP is a useful handheld vacuum to have around the house. It’s one of the few handhelds with a built-in hose, meaning it’s great for cleaning in awkward locations, plus it comes with several tools.

We were a bit disappointed with its suction power during our testing, but it’s still great for hard floors and light cleaning jobs.

To maintain this vacuum’s suction power it’s important to clean the filter on a regular basis. Here’s how to clean the PD1420LP filter in a safe and effective way.

Why Should You Clean The Black+Decker PD1420LP’s Filter?

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The Black+Decker PD1420LP has a standard washable filter. During our review, we found the filter does a decent job of preventing dust and other allergens from escaping, although it can’t match a HEPA filter.

Over time, all vacuum filters develop a layer of dust and other debris. As the vacuum’s air must pass through the filter, any clogging is likely to reduce the PD1420LP’s suction power and cleaning performance.

For this reason, we recommend cleaning the Black+Decker filter regularly to maintain your vacuum’s performance.

How to Clean The PD1420LP’s Filter

Step 1: Remove The Black+Decker’s PD1420LP Filter

Pressing the button

Removing the filter of the PD1420LP is a bit different from most other vacuums, as you need to disassemble the main cylinder. Fortunately, this is a simple process!

Start by turning the vacuum onto its side, then press the grey button. You should now be able to twist the main cylinder to unlock it.

Detaching the cylinder

Once the cylinder has been unlocked, you’ll be able to pull it away from the rest of the vacuum. Don’t force it – the cylinder should come away easily if you’ve unlocked it correctly.

Metal hook for removing

The filter is located in the middle of the cylinder. There is a silver handle to use for removing it, as shown in the picture above.

Step 2: Wash The Filter

Wash the filter

Now that the filter has been removed, the best way to clean it is to rinse it under a cold tap until the water runs clear.

The water flow should be gentle to avoid damaging the filter. You also shouldn’t use any cleaning products or a dishwasher when washing the filter.

Step 3: Allow The Filter Time to Completely Dry

It’s important that the filter is given time to dry completely. This typically takes around 24 hours, but it can take longer in humid environments.

If you put the filter back inside the Black+Decker before it’s dried, there’s a chance of damaging your vacuum’s motor due to moisture getting into the electronics. A damp filter is also the perfect place for mould to grow, leading to a musty smell coming from your vacuum.

Step 4: Reassemble The PD1420LP

Re-assembling the vacuum

You can reassemble the Black+Decker PD1420LP by following the same steps in reverse:

  • Replace the filter in the filter housing.
  • Line up the tabs on both the cylinder and main vacuum body.
  • Twist the cylinder until it clicks into position.

Your Black+Decker PD1420LP is now ready to be used again!

Other Questions

How Often Should You Clean The PD1420LP’s Filter?

We recommend cleaning the PD1420LP’s filter at least once each month, especially if you are using it on a daily basis. If you’re using it less frequently then you might be able to wait longer between filter cleans.

It’s also a good idea to clean your PD1420LP’s filter whenever you feel the suction isn’t as strong as it once was. A blocked or clogged filter is the most common reason for this vacuum losing suction power.

Does The PD1420LP Have a HEPA Filter?

No, the PD1420LP doesn’t come with a HEPA filter. It has a standard washable filter. While the filter does a decent job at removing most dust and allergens from the exhaust air, it isn’t as effective as a HEPA filter.


The Black+Decker PD1420LP has a single filter to prevent dust and dirt from escaping. When this filter gets blocked with dust, the vacuum’s suction power is reduced.

The good news is that it’s easy to clean this vacuum’s filter by following the step-by-step guide above. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments section below.

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