How To Clean An Air Purifier In Less Than 10 Minutes

An air purifier is not an air cleaner without proper care and maintenance. It can reduce the machine operational hours while extending the filter's workload. However, cleaning can be a chore and you will have to do it every now and then. To ensure the purifying machine works properly without fail, you will need to give it a good ol' scrub. In this post, we are going to share with you the best tips on how to clean an air purifier in less than 10 minutes. Mastering it will guarantee clean air on every cycle and boost the product lifetime.
Short answer
Unplug, wipe, vacuum, repeat.

What Not To Do

  • Be careful not to drop or insert any objects on the air inlet/ outlet.
  • Never leave any clothes on top of the air ventilation to dry.
  • Do not use detergents, gasoline, glass cleaner, paint thinner, or any other solvents to clean the air purifier.
  • Cleaning an air purifier can be time-consuming especially on the first try. Make sure you allocate more time and have the right tools.
  • Do not attempt to disassemble parts that you’re not supposed to. If is sealed tight, there is no need for cleaning it.
  • Air purifier should be used (and clean) in room temperatures between 4° C (40° F) and 43° C (110° F).

How To Clean Air Purifier (Honeywell, Holmes, Levoit)

  • Off and unplug the air purifier from an electrical outlet. Place it on a hard surface flat ground. This will protect you from a short circuit or the machine from toppling over.
  • Start by using a damp cloth and wipe the exterior of the air purifier. You can apply some mild soap if there is hard to remove dust or dirt. For small gaps in air inlet or outlet that is unreachable, try using a toothbrush and carefully scrub it off.
  • Next, remove the front/ back panel by slowly unsnapping the joint accordingly. Pull open the cover and remove the filters one by one by pulling on the tab. Examine the filter condition.
  • This step only applicable for models that come with a permanent, washable pre-filter. Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment and gently suck out all the collected dust. If there are stains that are not removable, try soaking the filter in warm water mix with mild liquid soap or lemon. Wait 10-20 minutes before taking it out of the water. Use a dry cloth and gently wipe off the dislodge dirt, rinse it with fresh water and leave it to dry.
  • Very important, do not wash HEPA filter or carbon filter as it may damage the filter’s density. HEPA and carbon filter must be replaced with a new one if is torn or worn out. Only wash the filters if is stated in the manual.
  • Once everything is dried out, reinsert back the filter 1 by 1 in reverse order. There will be an indication on which side of the filter should be oriented. Close the panel and start running the air purifier for at least 10 minutes. Repeat the cleaning steps every 30 days or less depending on how “dusty” your home is.

The following cleaning tips are applicable to mechanical air purifier and the following brand: Honeywell, Oreck, IQAir, Blueair, Holmes, Dyson, Levoit, Pure enrichment, Sharper Image, GermGuardian, Coway, Airmega, Therapure, Philips, Rabbit Air, Winix, Amway, Sharp, Panasonic. Before you proceed with the cleaning tips, make sure to go through the owner's manual at least once. It will cover everything from disassembling parts, filter change, safety, and upkeep for the particular model. You might even find something surprising facts about your air purifier.

Do Air Purifiers Need To Be Cleaned?

To protect its durability, a clean air purifier will have less dust, lint, pet dander, and hair particulate accumulation. It will also prevent clogging on the vent and reduces the overall runtime. No mold, mildew or bacteria will inhibit the filter and exterior. Depending on how bad the environment is, make sure to clean the air purifier every 1-3 weeks from surface dust. You can do so with some simple wiping with or without soap.

How Air Purifiers Work

There are many types of air purifier in the market. A mechanical air purifiers use a motor fan that pulls air into its filtration. This includes pollutants like dust, hair, pet dander, dust mites, mold, mildew, pollen, bacteria, tobacco smoke, and odors. The harmful particles will then be trapped by a series of filters from pre-filter, HEPA filter, and carbon filter. The now clean air will then be circulated back into the room and the purifying cycle will repeat itself.


Max Fernandez

A loving father and a dedicated reviewer for airfuji.com with more than 1000 air purifiers under his belt. Max Fernandez is also one of the million patients currently suffering from asthma. Feel free to nudge him if you have any questions.