Dyson DC07 Cleaning and Maintenance Guide

Servicing your Dyson DC07 is one of the easiest things that you can do. It only takes a few minutes and can make a big difference in your vacuum’s performance.

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Dyson recommends that you service the filters on your vacuum every 6 months, your service intervals will vary depending on how much the vacuum is used and the environment it is being used in. A high traffic home with pets will require more frequent filter services than a low traffic, no pet home will.

Please note that while these procedures are specifically for the DC07 model, all Dyson vacuums are serviced in a very similar manner.

Why You Should Clean Your Vacuum Regularly

All vacuums, regardless of design, style, or claims will lose suction if not properly cared for. Suction is essentially the vacuum cleaner’s ability to breathe. If the air stream cannot freely pass through the vacuum, suction will suffer, which is why it is so critical to maintain the capture and filtration systems of your vacuum. Clean filters also mean less pet and household odors to spread throughout the house while vacuuming.

Always begin by making sure your vacuum cleaner is unplugged. You will want to have a large enough space on the floor to lay the vacuum down to accomplish some of the following maintenance steps. A pair of scissors, flat blade screw driver, a soft rag, and a soft brush will be necessary. Let’s get started.

Emptying And Cleaning The Clear Dust Bin

As basic as this may seem, often the bin is not emptied frequently enough. We recommend that the bin be emptied at least after every use which will help prevent overfilling, loss of suction, and the build up of odors. Depending on the size of your home, traffic, pets, etc., you may need to empty the bin multiple times during your regular cleaning regimen.

To remove the bin from the vacuum cleaner, you grasp the handle on top of the bin and press the release button with your thumb. Empty by holding the bin over a garbage can and pull the release ring inside of the handle with your index finger, lightly tapping the side of the bin with the palm of your hand to release the debris. We have found that if you lightly tap the bin flat on its base on a carpeted surface beforehand, the dust cake compacts slightly, releases from the sides of the bin, and drops out more easily.

Tip: To minimize dust disturbance, you can wrap a plastic bag tightly around the base of the bin to prevent dust escaping while the debris drops out. Carefully tie bag closed and discard.

On the front of the clear dust bin is a handle, press the button at the top of the handle and the clear bin releases from the cyclonic head and internal baffles. The bottom door of the bin must be open to separate the bin from the cyclonic head. The bin itself can be cleaned with a soft brush, damp rag, or washed with water only. Be sure to clean and inspect the rubber gasket around the door of the bin. Set aside to fully dry before reassembling.

The cyclonic head and baffles may be cleaned with a soft brush or compressed air. Never use water on the cyclonic head, as it can cause damage to the vacuum cleaner. Reassemble by placing the bin on the floor with the door closed, lower the cyclonic head into the bin, align the front and rear catches and push down until the head clicks into place.

Servicing The Filters

With the dust bin removed from the vacuum cleaner, you can get to the HEPA filter that is located underneath it. Using a flat blade screwdriver, carefully release the three tabs holding the cover in place. Once the cover is removed, the permanent HEPA filter lifts out. Dyson does not recommend washing the HEPA filter, what you can do is inspect it every 6 months for damage or excessive dirt build up and replace it as necessary. You may wipe out the housing with a damp rag before reinstalling the filter and cover.

There are two passageways that run up the handle. The one on the left is the primary pick-up tube coming from the floor head. At the base of this tube is an airway inspection valve that can be removed for cleaning or clearing debris clogs. Remove the valve by pressing the release buttons on each side and gently lifting it out. Brush or wipe the valve clean and inspect its rubber base for damage. With a long, soft brush, you can clean the build up of dust from the inside of the tube.

Why is this important? The build up of dirt in this passageway causes air flow restriction and reduced suction.

The tube on the right leads down to the primary filters. On the end of the motor housing you will see a colored cap, push the release button and remove the cap. Lift the filters out of the housing and set the housing aside.

The filters are hand wash only and you never want use soaps or detergents. Wash by submerging the filters in cold water then rinse thoroughly. Allow filters to completely dry in a warm place (12 to 24 hours) before reinstalling. The housing itself can be cleaned with a brush or damp rag, do not wash under water, as there are parts that can be damaged.

Cleaning The Hose And Wand

Turn the vacuum cleaner around and release the hose and wand assembly by pressing the release button just above the ON/OFF switch. Separate the extension wand from the hose and hold the wand up to a light source and inspect it from both ends to see that it is clear. Where the hose connects to the base of the vacuum is a removable U-bend that acts as an access point to check for, and clear, potential clogs. Remove the tube to inspect it and the hose for clogs and dirt build up, cleaning as necessary.

Cleaning The Brush Roll

Lay the vacuum cleaner flat on the floor and roll it over to access the bottom of the floor head. There are three twist tabs to remove the sole plate, turn each tab 1/4 turn counter clockwise and lift the sole plate off. Using scissors, cut through any hair, threads, and carpet fibers that are wrapped around the brush roll, pull the debris free and discard. With the brush roll cleaned, reinstall the base plate by hooking the tabs on the front edge of the plate into their corresponding slots in the floor head and align the tabs. Finish by giving each tab a 1/4 turn clockwise to lock into place.

Tip: A clogged brush roll significantly reduces vacuum performance. Check and clean the brush roll regularly.

Stand the vacuum cleaner back in its upright position and wipe down the exterior surfaces with a damp rag to remove excess dust build-up. Once all the components are completely dry, the vacuum can be reassembled and will be ready for use.

Accessory Tool Care

Lastly, cleaning the accessory tools. The dust brush, upholstery tool, and crevice tool can be washed in warm water with a mild soap/detergent. Rinse the tools allow to thoroughly dry before using. The exterior of the turbo tool can be wiped with a damp cloth, but do not submerge it in water.


There you have it, you’ve just performed a full cleaning service on your DC07. We recommend doing this once a year to keep your vacuum cleaner in top running order, this is in addition to the regular checks of the filters.

Damaged filters, parts, and tools should be replaced as soon as possible. Fortunately, many of these items can be purchased online from retailers like Amazon.com, often at deeply discounted prices.


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