|Little dog is not so little any more...|
Before the Dyson, I went through a series of cheap little stick vacs - not as powerful, but lightweight, easy to use and did an admirable job on the hard flooring. When the most recent one died, and I finally broke over and got the vacuum of my dreams...or so I thought.
Let me preface this by saying I'm no stranger to the concept of cleaning the vacuum; in fact, I think the producers of Friends could have shot this vacuum-the-vacuum scene at my house.
The one major drawback to the Dyson is the difficulty in getting rid of the pet hair smell in between vacuumings - and it goes stale faster than an open bag of Lay's chips at the beach. I thought it was just me, but after some Googling, I know I'm not alone in having problems with odor in my Dyson. And when I say odor, I don't mean a little aroma - it's a hold-your-breath-or-you'll-gag kind of stench. Vacuuming necessitates a second pass through the house with Febreeze or Oust spray, and even then I'm doing the "sniff sniff" test for hours afterward, certain I can still smell the telltale odor of pet hair.
After scouring the web for commiseration, tips and tricks, my next attempt to curb this problem involves a can of pressurized air to clean the cyclone chamber, and then a scented dryer sheet tucked into the dirt canister, after I take it apart and meticulously clean and wash all the filters and the plastic canister of course. I love my dog, I love my Dyson, I love my dog, I love my Dyson...