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How To Clean The Black+Decker Pivot PV1820LGB Filter

Written by James Hall |

Clean pv1820lgb filter

Need to clean the filter in your Black+Decker Pivot PV1820LGB? Here’s a simple method for removing and washing this filter.

The Black+Decker PV1820LGB is a powerful handheld vacuum cleaner with a unique pivoting design. It also has a washable filter, so it’s important to clean this regularly to maintain the vacuum’s performance.

The good news is that Black+Decker has made it easy and convenient to wash the filter. We’ve put together a guide (with pictures) to help you clean it.

If you’d like to learn more about this vacuum cleaner, read our in-depth test and review of the Black+Decker Pivot PV1820LGB. Otherwise, let’s get started with the filter cleaning process.

Step 1: Reset The Pivot to a Neutral Position

Neutral position

Before you can remove the filter housing from the Black+Decker PV1820LGB, you need to put the vacuum’s pivot design into a neutral position.

As you can see from the photo above, the neutral position is when the pivoting head is roughly parallel to the battery. You don’t need to be exact though!

Step 2: Remove The Filter Housing

The button to remove the filter housing

Once the Pivot is in a neutral position, press the button on the side of the cleaning head (see the picture above). With the button pressed, rotate the head and gently pull the filter housing away from the rest of the vacuum.

Removing from the main vacuum body

The filter housing and cleaning head should now be separated from the motor and handle. You shouldn’t need to use force to perform this step. If the filter housing doesn’t detach, you may need to adjust the rotation to unlock it.

Step 3: Remove and Wash The Filter

The next step is to remove and wash the filter. There is a metal ring to make it easier to remove the filter from the housing.

The filter after being removed

With the filter removed, tap off excess dust into a bin and then run it under a cold tap to remove more debris. Avoid using a strong flow of water, as you don’t want to deform the filter material.

This is also a good time to tip any loose debris inside the filter housing into a bin.

Important: Do not use detergent, cleaning products, or a dishwasher to clean the PV1820LGB’s filter. Doing so is likely to damage the filter beyond repair.

Step 4: Allow The Filter to Completely Dry

It’s vital that the filter is completely dry before you put it back inside the housing. We recommend leaving the PV1820LGB’s filter for at least 24 hours to dry before re-inserting it.

Why is it so important that the filter is dry though?

The main reason is that any moisture remaining on the filter could enter the vacuum’s motor when you turn it on. The PV1820LGB is not a wet and dry vacuum, so moisture could cause permanent damage.

A damp filter is also at risk of mould and mildew, which can cause the PV1820LGB to smell bad when vacuuming. You can prevent both of these issues by allowing the filter to air dry.

Step 5: Re-Assemble The PV1820LGB

Reassembling the PV1820LGB

Once the filter is dry, the last step is to reassemble the vacuum.

Start by replacing the filter into the empty filter housing. Next, line up the filter housing with the slot in the vacuum’s main body, then gently twist it back into position.

Your Black+ Decker PV1820LGB is now ready to use!


The Black+Decker has a basic washable filter that’s easy to clean. Make sure you clean it regularly to prevent the vacuum from losing suction – especially if you use the Pivot a lot for spot cleaning around the house.

Do you have any questions about how to clean the filter on the Black+Decker PV1820LGB Pivot? Or is there something that isn’t clear in this guide? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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