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How to Unblock the Dyson V10 Motorbar Floorhead

Written by Kaylee Barber |

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Need to unblock your Dyson’s Motorbar floorhead? It’s important to regularly remove blockages or obstructions to maintain your V10’s performance. Here’s how to do it.

The latest iteration of the Dyson V10 comes with a new Motorbar cleaner head. The Motorbar head has hair removal vanes, which are designed to prevent hair from becoming tangled around the brush bar.

During our review of the Dyson V10 Absolute, we found that these vanes were more than just a gimmick – they really do prevent most hair from becoming tangled around the brush bar.

However, we found that thicker thread, such as from a thick rug, can still become tangled. There’s also the chance of other obstructions preventing the brush bar from turning properly.

For these reasons, it’s important to know how to unblock the Motorbar and remove any obstructions.

Step 1: Remove The Motorbar Brush Bar

Before we start, it’s important to note that the Motorbar brush bar is not washable. You shouldn’t run it under a tap to remove dirt, like you would with the Dyson V10’s Soft Roller brush bars.

It’s also important to remove the brush bar from the floorhead before you try to clear any obstructions.

To remove the brush bar, unlock the bar’s end cap using a coin. You should then be able to remove the end cap from the bar (the end cap should not be washed).

With the cap removed, you can then slide the brush bar out of the floorhead.

Step 2: Remove Obstructions And Wipe The Brush Bar

Now that the brush bar has been removed from the floorhead, it should be easy to find any potential obstructions.

For example, if there’s thick thread or hair caught around the brush bar, use a pair of scissors to carefully cut and remove it. If there’s any larger debris, then remove this from the bar by hand (make sure you wear gloves and are careful of any potentially sharp material).

You can also use a damp, lint-free cloth to get rid of grime, but avoid using cleaning products or polishes.

This is also a good time to take a look inside the floorhead. Are there any obstructions or blockages that could be affecting the vacuum’s airflow? If so, make sure to remove these.

Tip: As we mentioned earlier, you shouldn’t wash the Dyson V10’s floorhead. Removing grime with a damp and lint-free cloth is fine, but don’t run it under a tap. It’s particularly important to avoid detergents or cleaning products, as these can damage the vacuum.

Step 3: Re-Insert The Brush Bar

Once any obstructions on the brush bar have been removed, replace the end cap onto the end of the bar. You can then slide the brush bar back into the floorhead.

Remember to rotate the end cap back to the locked position, as this secures the brush bar inside the floorhead.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Clear Blockages From The Mini Motorised Pet Tool?

The process for removing blockages from the Mini Motorised tool is similar to the Motorbar cleaner head. Use a coin to remove the end cap, then slide the mini brush bar out of the tool. You can then clear obstructions (such as hair) and wipe the bar with a damp, lint-free cloth. The brush bar in this tool is not washable though, so don’t run it under a tap.

How Can I Clean The Soft Roller Brush Bars?

Unlike the Motorbar and Mini Motorised tool, the Soft Roller does have washable brush bars. These need to be removed from the vacuum and run under a cold tap. You can also gently rub the rollers to remove more dirt, although it’s important not to damage the fibres. Read our full guide to cleaning the Dyson Soft Roller brush bars for more information.

How Often Should You Unblock The Motorbar?

Dyson recommends checking for obstructions in the Motorbar on a regular basis. There’s no set time for when you need to unblock it though, as it depends on the type of material you’re vacuuming, how often you use the vacuum, and whether any obstructions have started to develop. Of course, any noticeable obstruction should be removed immediately.


The Motorbar floorhead comes with detangling technology to prevent hair getting wound around the bar. While this is an effective technology, it doesn’t stop all potential blockages and obstructions.

Fortunately, it’s easy to remove the Motorbar’s brush bar for maintenance. The bar is not washable though, so you’ll need to remove obstructions and wipe away grime with a damp lint-free cloth.

Do you have any questions about maintaining the Motorbar’s brush bar? Or do you want to learn more about Dyson V10 maintenance? Let us know in the comments section below.

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