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Cleaning the top of the oreck air purifier

I can see a lot of dust on the top of my oreck air purifier, but cannot see a way to get of the top of it to get it out. It is the part on top that the "clean" air comes out of.

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  • lizziebean Feb 04, 2009

    The top of the purifier,where the air is blown out is totally coveredwith dust. How am I supposed toclean that. It is not removableasfar as I can see. It is not addressed in the ownersmanual. Pleasehelp!

  • elizabethmar Feb 21, 2009

    I am dealing with the same thing right now- can't find a way to take the top off and clean the rotating cylinder inside- help, please!

  • Anonymous Feb 23, 2009

    I have the same problem and I dont even know how to clean the damn cell.... I put cold water in it and its still dirty... i dont even know how to open the cell.

  • Ladybug Feb 13, 2013

    I have one of these too, and that has always bothered me. I wonder if you put the hose on your vacuum cleaner exhaust (some shop vacs have this ) and just blow it out. You can also get something called "Compressed air" at the computer store. If you use it carefullly it will last you for a while - but it is expensive on a regular basis. I wonder if you can spray this thing out (in other words - is themotor enclosed). My son has it at college apt and loves it to keep the air from getting stale in his apartment.



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What i normally do, is i take off the top of the and remove the filter, the metal dust catcher, and the back filter... i was the 2 filters and rub them down. then with the metal dust catcher i take a butter knife. wrap it in a clorox wipe (making sure that no metal is exposed to scratch) then i feed it through the metal dust catcher one at a time to clean it. It took me 5 wipes to clean the whole thing. when the wipe comes out black then i rotate it. As for the top of the machine. there are 2 screws that i removed to get to the fan. when they were out i used a can of air (like you would clean a computer with) and blew out the fan... it took care of all noise and it runs just like the day i got it.

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  • Ladybug Feb 13, 2013

    And Mr Oreck should be ashamed for making a machine that is so mighty difficult to clean. There is still room to improve this design!


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I take mine out doors and blow it out with air from a hose that you blow up balls or put air in a tire

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