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Best way to clean Dyson DC07 hose?
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Post# 405684   2/19/2019 at 13:02 (409 days old) by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        

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So I got my old Dyson DC07 Animal back from my mom, who doesn't like it anymore after I gifted her a shiny new Hoover Air Steerable vacuum. The Dyson was bought brand new at the end of 2007, and still runs like a champ, 11 years later. It actually had to have parts replaced last year, namely the clutch and "lifetime" HEPA post-motor filter.

The vacuum was a bit dirty, so I refurbished it yesterday. I washed all the removable parts; I even took apart the cyclone assembly and cleaned it!

However, the hose is NASTY from normal use; there's a lot of dirt and gunk in it. I'd like to clean that as well, but I don't know the best way to clean it. Any suggestions for removing stuck-on dirt in a Dyson hose?


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Post# 405685 , Reply# 1   2/19/2019 at 13:21 (409 days old) by FantomLightning (Ohio)        
Takes a bit...

But the best way I've found is dump it in a utility sink or bathtub filled with hot water, and use a decent cleaner be it dish soap, Lysol or some similar relatively all purpose cleaners. Leave it to soak for a bit. Then stretch the hose out, allow it to fill with water as much as possible, and shake it to allow the agitation of water to break down/off as much dirt as possible. Takes a bit of effort and some time but it's always worked for me.

There may be some residual yellowing that happens to the clear material these hoses are made out of. Just happens with time, but otherwise it should wash up pretty clean. This is far from the worst I've seen.


Post# 405690 , Reply# 2   2/19/2019 at 17:16 (409 days old) by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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I would put it in a washing machine run on the cold cycle. Then let it air dry overnight

Post# 405693 , Reply# 3   2/19/2019 at 17:26 (409 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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Everyone here says to use Simple Green. I've never heard of it, but I've since seen online that mechanics use it for hand washing and parts cleaning.

Post# 405725 , Reply# 4   2/20/2019 at 15:26 (408 days old) by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        
In the end

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I did FantomLightning's method of cleaning the hose. I filled my bathtub with hot water and poured some Lysol in it. I let the hose soak for about 15 minutes, then stretched it out and shook it back and forth to agitate the dirt out. A lot of dirt came out! However, not all everything came out; there's still some stuck inside. But it certainly looks better than before.

The one thing I'm concerned about is drying. I know a vacuum hose isn't easy to dry, and I do not want mildew to build up.


Post# 405733 , Reply# 5   2/20/2019 at 17:57 (408 days old) by vexorgtr (Sheffield, Ohio)        
Good General Cleaners

I'd just use a concentrated all purpose cleaner... soak it and then run a brush through it. Hose cleaning brushes to exist. Simple Green is OK, LA's Awesome, or Fabuloso are good dirt cutting low price cleaners... Based on what's here now, Fabuloso would be used, since it leaves things smelling nice. I've actually ceased using spray cleaners, since there's not enough water to remove the dirt, and it just smears it. Almost all cleaning around here is now a sponge/rag and a bucket of Fabuloso... 1/4cup per gallon. Fabuloso is available at most dollar stores.

Post# 405735 , Reply# 6   2/20/2019 at 20:19 (408 days old) by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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I recommended to somebody else here, get a dryer lint brush, and you can scrub the inside of the hose with that. Simple Green or Purple Power or similar degreasers should work fine, but so will most other soap/detergent-y type products. Simple Green gets diluted 50/50 with water, btw, and works best when it's piping hot.

As for drying, just hang one end of the hose with a clothes pin or something, and let the heavier end hang down and stretch the hose out. Hang it preferably up high in a warm room, and it should drip and air dry in 24 hours.


Post# 405752 , Reply# 7   2/21/2019 at 10:37 (408 days old) by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        
would it be possible

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to someone connect the hose with some sort of adapter to another vacuum that has a blower port to dry the hose? That's what I did with my rainbow. I connected another hose to the existed rainbow hose and put it in a blower port to dry the hose after washing it.

Post# 405758 , Reply# 8   2/21/2019 at 14:11 (407 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        
@ mark

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I thought that too, but my only issue is how long would you have to run the vacuum to dry it out? There's a lot of ridges in a stretchy hose that can collect water and make it tough to blow-dry. But if some vacuums have metal hoses - metal hose + wet vacuum hose = shock hazard.

Post# 405773 , Reply# 9   2/21/2019 at 21:39 (407 days old) by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        
ya

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the rainbow hose (after having clean water sucked through it) usually dries in 10 min's or less but I guess you'd have to stretch the hose out somehow while air is blowing through it.




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