Levoit air purifiers come highly recommended. Whether you’re seeking to clean the air in the baby room, bedroom, office, kitchen, living room, or even that musty basement, just crank up a Levoit purifier.
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These machines are great at purifying contaminated indoor air because they come with high-grade HEPA filters. All Levoit air purifiers use True HEPA filters. They don’t use HEPA-type filters like many purifiers. This means they’re highly efficient at filtering out particulates such as mold, dust, pollen, animal dander and more.
But how do you clean Levoit air purifiers? How do you keep them nice and clean without damaging either the plastic casing or the filters inside? That’s exactly the reason I wrote this post.
First Things First: Can You Clean Levoit Air Purifier Filters?
While you can remove some of the dust and debris from a Levoit air filter, you can’t wash them with water. Levoit air purifiers use HEPA filters. And while these filters are highly effective at decontaminating indoor air, they’re not washable at all. Washing Levoit air filters with soap is the surest way to damage them and render them completely useless in terms of cleaning the air.
So, before cleaning any Levoit air purifier, know whether you can actually clean the filters inside. Read the product’s manual to learn if you can actually clean the filters. I’m not aware that there are any Levoit air purifiers that have washable filters of any kind. If you know of any please let me know because I want it!
How to Clean a Levoit Air Purifier
To clean a Levoit air purifier, the first thing to do is to turn it off and then unplug it. Once you’ve done this, dunk a piece of microfiber in water (preferably without soap) and squeeze excess water out to make it damp rather than wet. Use this damp microfiber cloth to wipe down the exterior surface of your Levoit air purifier. If the inside parts of the device are dusty, open the machine before cleaning the outside and vacuum the dirt up. You may also lightly vacuum the HEPA filter to get rid of any loose dirt and perhaps increase the filter’s lifespan in some way. But the best way to clean a HEPA isn’t to actually clean it; it is to replace the filter. Filter replacement for these purifiers typically happens at between month 6 and 8.
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Step- by-Step Guide for Cleaning Levoit Air Purifiers
When the filter is due for replacement, a filter-change/replacement indicator comes on. At this point, you want to access the filter and inspect it to decide if you really need to replace it.
I learned that this indicator coming on isn’t always a reason to replace the filter. Manufacturers simply instruct this mechanical indicator to light up after a fixed period of time, usually 6 months. When the date arrives, the light comes on regardless of whether the filter actually needs to be replaced or not.
If the air where you’re at isn’t super dirty, chances are that you can use the filter a little longer. You may want to give it a shake to eradicate loose dirt or even vacuum it.
What you need for the clean:
- A dirty Levoit air purifier
- A vacuum clean with a brush attachment (optional)
- A small brush such as toothbrush
- Mild soap
- Clean cotton swabs (optional)
- A microfiber cloth or any other kind of soft cloth
Follow the steps below to complete the task. Don’t worry; it’s a process you can complete in under 10 minutes. And it won’t kill your back. Remember to mask up if you’re cleaning the inside of the unit, especially if you have breathing issues. Also, perform the clean outside to avoid recontaminating the baby room or whichever space you purify with the device.
Step #1: Turn Off the Air Cleaning Device
Before starting the cleaning process, power off the device.
Step #2.Unplug the Air Cleaner
Disconnect the machine from electric power.
3. Step #4: Clean the inside of the Levoit air purifier
Open the air purifier and take a quick look inside. Is the inside part of the unit too dirty? Do these filters look dusty? If yes, take the filters out.
Then, tap the filter (it’s almost always a 3-in-1/3-stage HEPA filter) against something such as table or wall or pretty much anything. I suggest that you execute this step outside the house/apartment because you don’t want dirt recirculating into your indoor spaces.
If you have a vacuum cleaner, fire it up, attach a dust brush, and start cleaning the inside of the casing/housing. As for vacuuming the filter (if you really need to do this rather than replacing the filter), use an upholstery tool.
Don’t have a vacuum cleaner? No worries. You can always use a soft-thistle brush to remove any loose hair, lint, dust, and other filter from the filter.
Set the filters aside and begin cleaning the outside of the purifier.
I’ve seen an improvement in filtration efficiency after lightly vacuuming my HEPA filters. Note: if you vacuum and damage your expensive air filter, please understand that I’m not responsible for that. I’m simply sharing with you what’s worked for us.
Step #5: Clean the Outside of the Device
Now that you’re done tiding up the inside, it’s time to give the outer surface some tender loving care. Dip a microfiber cloth or any other kind of soft cloth into clean cold water. The reason I’m saying use a soft cloth is that a rough one might end up scratching the surface.
Use your hands to squeeze out as much water as possible. You want to use a damp microfiber cloth and not a wet one. Because water and electronic/electric appliances are sworn enemies.
Give the outside surface of the Levoit Core 300 or whichever Levoit True HEPA air purifier you’re cleaning. Unless there are stubborn stains on the housing, wiping down the surface should suffice.
What if there stains on the air purifier? This is where a mild dish soap comes into play. Add a little mild dish soap to the water and dampen the cloth as you did initially. Unless it’s an extremely stubborn, a soapy microfiber cloth should easily agitate and remove the stain.
Note: DO NOT use inflammable agents or harsh chemicals of any kind when cleaning the casing or inside the purifier. While you can use water, you MUST not apply it directly to the surface. Instead, use a damp soft cloth.
Step #6: Rinse Off Any Soap With a Damp Cloth
At this point, rinse any sudsy residue off with a fresh damp microfiber. Even if you didn’t use in step 5, you still need to wipe down the device to give that extra shine that it craves.
Step #7: Clean the Air Quality Sensor It the Unit Has This Feature
Some Levoit air purifiers such as the Levoit Core 300S and other smart devices from this popular brand come with a built-in air quality sensor. This sensor ramps up fan speed or slows it down depending on the actual air quality situation in the room.
If this sensor gets dirty, chances are it’ll stop working properly. It might also start giving you inaccurate information or even stop working altogether. To prevent this scenario from happening, make sure to clean the air quality sensor as well.
Here’s how to clean a Levoit Air Purifier Air Quality Sensor
- Access the air quality sensor by flipping the cover open. Don’t know where the sensor is located? Find the user manual for the model to learn this information. If you lost the manual, head over to Levoit’s official website and download a user manual of the model. It’s free.
- Take a clean cotton swab, get it damp, and start rubbing the sensor with it. Once the sensor lens is nice and soil-free, dry it off with a fresh cotton swab. Use a dry and not a damp cotton swab when drying off the sensor lens.
- Finally, close the sensor’s cover.
Step #8: Let the Purifier Air Dry Completely
If there’s some sun outside, leave the purifier there to dry off. You can also air-dry the unit if it’s not a sunny day. Once the unit’s dried off completely, re-install the air filters, plug it back in, and turn it on again to start enjoying pristine indoor air.
How to Replace a Levoit Air Purifier Filter
If you need to replace the filter of the Levoit purifier model you’re cleaning, do it. Once the indicator comes on, turn off the air purifier and unplug it.
Remove the dirty filters and dispose of them properly.
Install the new replacement filters for the model in question. Be sure to remove the filters from the plastic packaging that wraps them before installing.
For most Levoit air purifiers, installing replacement filters is as easy as taking out the existing filter and clicking the new filter into place. It’s something anyone can do in 5 seconds tops.
Finally, reset the Levoit air purifier.
How to Reset Filter Replacement Indicator in any Levoit Air Purifier
Once you’ve installed the new filter, plug the device back in and turn it on.
To reset a Levoit air purifier, long-press the filter-change indicator for about 3 seconds. Doing this turns the indicator off and when the signal disappears, it means you’ve successfully reset the filter-replacement indicator of your device.
How Do You Reset the Indicator Before the Light Comes On?
Depending on the air quality situation in your location, you may need to replace the filter of the Levoit air purifier before the indicator comes on. Here’s how to do it:
- With the air purifier turned on, hold-press the filter-replacement indicator until a light comes on. This takes about 3 seconds.
- Replace the filter as described above.
- Hold-press the button for 3 seconds until the light vanishes.
Anything you think I didn’t cover in this cleaning a Levoit air purifier tutorial? Tell me about it in the comments section below.