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Old 04-13-2014, 07:07 PM   #1
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Cleaning a vacuum cleaner...

OK, here's one for you to ponder or generally think about, or maybe even get inspired to try...

How many have ever cleaned the "upstairs" of "living space" vacuum cleaner?

I mean really cleaned....

Routinely I take ours down the basement and tear it down to vacuum it out with my Shopvac. In the past I had saved the attachments from old vacuum cleaners and use the attachments on my Shopvac, like the brush or crevice attachment, to clean our "upstairs" vacuum cleaner. I will even use the brush on the "dirty side" of a hepa filter.

At least once a year I even take the main hose off and run soapy water through it sloshing it back and forth a few times and then clean water. (Of course this hose is a plastic type.)

I believe this really extends the EFFECTIVE life of the vacuum cleaners and improves the efficiency.


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Let me guess... you're speaking of one of those Bagless machines? They get pretty bad inside. Especially the cheaper stand up ones like Eureka. One of the biggest mistakes they made was bagless machines.

I work for the Gov and we have about 70 children's emergency shelters around the city and each of them has one of those crappy bagless Eureka vacuums. We're forever cleaning/replacing them.


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Old 04-13-2014, 10:30 PM   #3
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True, but we got a Hoover UH70120.

The bags are good, but ya gotta deal with what the wife wants! LOL

Had a few Eureka types over the years, give them two-three years tops.
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Well....after spending about 5 months in the field due to work with only the occasional weekend trip home.....the list of 'honey doo's' was long and distinguished.

First on the list..our 2 vacuums.....

Combination of dog hair and kid crap. Had to take both completely apart...but work well now.
Even if you are on the right track, you will still get run over if you just sit there.

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