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brokeresident

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Mustachian vacuum cleaners
« on: May 28, 2013, 10:21:45 AM »
I live in an apartment with hardwood floors that I have covered with several area rugs. Rather than paying carpet cleaners to come clean our rugs, I was hoping to get some recommendations on versatile vacuums that do a good job on rugs in addition to hardwood floors. Any suggestions?

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Re: Mustachian vacuum cleaners
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2013, 10:33:05 AM »
To me, the most mustachian vacuum on the market is the Dyson.  You'll pay more upfront, but we have had ours going on 8 years. It appears to me that every part on the vacuum is replaceable in a modular fashion.  I've replaced the hose, which was about a 5 minute job. Ordered the part on their website. Obviously if you can find a used one you will be better off, but we would normally have gone through 2 or 3 vacuums in that time. And it cleans much better as well.  I think if you keep your rugs regularly vacuumed, and treat spots manually as they occur, you won't need the other cleaning.

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Re: Mustachian vacuum cleaners
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2013, 11:05:57 AM »
Royal (or Electro-Hygiene) used. Like a Kirby but less popular.

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Re: Mustachian vacuum cleaners
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2013, 11:34:11 AM »
It depends on your carpets and habits, but I've found the easiest and cheapest way to clean my area rug to be:

1. Sweep (with a broom) weekly to remove dust and stuff. Takes a little practice.
2. Every couple of months or so, borrow a vacuum from a friend. Vacuums are one of those things that I see no point in owning unless you have pets that shed, because they can be borrowed so easily.
3. Repay your friend by cooking dinner or something. I use herb cuttings and homemade beef jerky and stuff.

My friends and I do the same thing with tools and stuff.

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Re: Mustachian vacuum cleaners
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2013, 05:17:38 PM »
I like the idea of sharing a vacuum cleaner with a friend or neighbor, and would recommend that arrangement first.

Alternatively, I bought a Riccar Sunburst a few years ago and have been very happy with it: http://riccar.com/products/canisters/?prod=Sunburst][url]http://riccar.com/products/canisters/?prod=Sunburst[/url]   We have a small house, mainly wood floors, but a small carpeted area and a few rugs. Given that it's something that I don't use a whole lot, the $200 investment seemed reasonable. The canister style is also really nice because it doesn't take up a lot of space and is easy to move around.

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Re: Mustachian vacuum cleaners
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2013, 06:43:35 PM »
I have a canister style dyson that is very good (don't know the model name, but it's purple and marketed for pet hair control).  I have hardwood and rug combination also, and I like the dyson canister because its really easy to change the attachment from the carpet attachment (spinning brush thing), and the attachment for hardwood/tile.  I've had it 3-ish years with no issues, and seems like it will run for a good long time.  If you could find one used, obviously that would be more mustachian than buying new, but if you can't find used I think it's better to buy something good (even if its more $$$$) if it will legitimately last longer (saving money in the long run, and not being wasteful by buying throwaway machines that end up in a landfill).