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How to Empty a Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum

Written by Kaylee Barber |

How to empty dyson v6

Need to empty your Dyson V6 cordless vacuum? Here’s how to remove debris from this popular machine and prevent overfilling.

The Dyson V6 has a simple trapdoor emptying system. It’s quick and easy to empty, although the bagless design means it’s not the most hygienic option.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to empty the Dyson V6. We’ll also give you a few tips for minimising the amount of dust that escapes back into your home.

How to Empty The Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum

Step 1: Check Whether The Vacuum is Full

The Dyson V6 has a “Max” fill line that’s less than halfway up the side of the cylinder. It’s important to empty your vacuum when dirt reaches this line, not when the cylinder is completely full.

In fact, we recommend emptying the Dyson V6 at the lower edge of the three maximum fill lines.

This ensures your Dyson maintains its cleaning performance and reduces the chance of clogging. The downside is that you’ll need to empty the vacuum more frequently – but that’s a small price to pay to avoid overfilling.

Step 2: Empty The V6 Bin Into an Outdoor Bin

The actual process of emptying the Dyson V6 is simple: just hold the cylinder over a bin, then press the red catch to open the trap door. Give the vacuum a small shake to dislodge more dirt.

To make emptying more convenient, many people empty their Dyson V6 into an indoor bin.

However, we recommend emptying the vacuum into an outdoor bin. The Dyson V6 is a bagless vacuum, so dust and other allergens will escape into the air when you empty it. It’s best if these particles are released outdoors!

This is particularly important if anyone in the household suffers from allergies.

Step 3: Remove Remaining Debris And Clean The Bin

The Dyson V6 doesn’t have an internal collar to push out clumps of dirt and hair. As a result, it’s common for some debris to remain inside the cylinder after emptying.

If the bin needs to be cleaned, you can remove it from the vacuum by pressing the same catch a second time. Once removed, use a dry cloth to get rid of stubborn debris.

Keep in mind that you should never use polish or cleaning products on any part of a Dyson V6.

Once you’ve finished cleaning the bin, click it back into position. The trap door must still be open when re-attaching the bin.

Note: This is an optional step. You won’t need to clean the Dyson V6 bin every time you empty it, but it’s important to know the process for when dirt becomes stuck.

Step 4: Close The Bin Trap Door

The final step is to close the trap door at the bottom of the cylinder. Again, you should only do this once the bin has been re-attached to the vacuum cleaner.

You’ll know when the trap door has been properly closed, as there is a satisfying click.

Congratulations, your Dyson V6 is now emptied and ready to use!

How Much Dirt Can The Dyson V6 Hold?

The Dyson V6 has a dirt capacity of 0.4 litres. This is relatively small, so you’ll need to empty it after most cleaning sessions. It’s also smaller than the V7, V8, V10 and V11.

For this reason, it’s important to avoid the temptation of overfilling your Dyson V6. It can be frustrating to need to empty it so often, but overfilling will greatly reduce the vacuum cleaner’s performance.

Tip: If you need a larger Dyson cordless vacuum, then consider the Dyson V11 Outsize. It’s an expensive model, but it comes with a large dust bin and a wider floorhead.

Do You Need To Pull Out Clumps By Hand When Emptying The V6?

Yes, in some cases you’ll need to pull out stuck dirt and clumps of hair by hand. The Dyson V6 doesn’t have a system for pushing out dirt – it relies on gravity to get rid of whatever you’ve cleaned – so it’s common for debris to get stuck.

Newer Dyson cordless vacuums do have an internal collar to push out dirt. These aren’t perfect, but make the emptying process more hygienic.

Can The Dyson V6 Bin Hold Liquids?

No, you should never vacuum liquids with your Dyson V6. It’s only designed for dry material, so vacuuming liquids is likely to ruin the motor. It also risks a dangerous electric shock.

You shouldn’t even use the Dyson V6 to vacuum up wet materials. These materials will clog the motor, ruin the brush, and potentially break the vacuum cleaner.

In short, only vacuum completely dry materials with your Dyson V6!

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The Dyson V6 might have been replaced by the V7, V8 and other more expensive Dyson cordless vacuums, but it’s still an excellent model.

It’s also an easy vacuum to empty, as the V6 uses a simple trapdoor system to allow dirt to fall into an external bin.

We always recommend emptying bagless vacuums into an outdoor bin though. There’s nothing stopping small particles from escaping during the emptying process, so it’s more hygienic to empty and clean the vacuum outside.

Do you want to learn more about how to empty a Dyson V6 vacuum cleaner? Or are you having any issues with the instructions in this article? Please use the comments section for any questions.

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