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Removing baking soda that is stuck inside of carpet?

Like many folks, I like to occasionally sprinkle baking soda on carpets to freshen up things. Typically I leave the baking soda on the carpet for 12 to 24 hours and then vacuum it up. Unfortunately, though, not long after I last sprinkled baking soda on my carpet I managed to spill a (very large) amount of water on the floor where I had sprinkled (a quite liberal amount of) baking soda, and now it's very much stuck inside of the carpet, and my vacuum just does not want to suck it up. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jan 6, 2017 - 14 answers

Recommend me a Shop Vac for light home repairs

I'm looking for a Shop Vac for cleaning up after home renovation projects that are mostly plastering and painting jobs and generally cleaning up in the basement and garage. I had a smaller ShopVac brand one but the motor burnt out and I'd like to get a full sized one but I have no idea what are good brands these days.
posted by octothorpe on Dec 14, 2016 - 11 answers

Drowning in Dog Dirt

Small house + "yard" full of dirt + two hairy rambunctious dogs = HELP [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Nov 12, 2016 - 17 answers

Recommend me a quiet wet/dry vac

I'd like to purchase a wet/dry vac (aka shop vac) that is effective, well made, and relatively quiet. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Oct 25, 2016 - 9 answers

Cordless Vacuum

Whats the best cordless vacuum? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jun 9, 2016 - 9 answers

inexpensive, decent vacuum cleaner?

It's been 20+ years since I bought a vacuum cleaner. The other day that old Hoover dramatically gave up the ghost by belching dust onto a black rug 30 minutes before a photographer was due to photograph the room (long story for another time.) I need a vacuum cleaner. I don't want to pay a bunch of money for it. What do I get? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Jun 7, 2016 - 25 answers

"It certainly does suck."

What is the best cordless vacuum money can buy? I hate vacuuming so much and am totally overwhelmed by the market for cleaning machines. Which one will help me tolerate the most loathsome household chore since mopping? [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets on May 2, 2016 - 24 answers

What is the best canister vacuum if you have long hair?

I just moved into an apartment with a long, carpeted staircase. I also have long hair. I need a good canister vacuum that will be: 1) Relatively lightweight for navigating stairs; and 2) Vacuum loose long hairs without getting them stubbornly tangled in the rollers or other parts. Any recommendations? Price is no object.
posted by invisible ink on Sep 27, 2015 - 7 answers

Finding a vacuum cleaner that supports both corded / cordless operation

Most cordless ones don't work while charging. Know of any that do? [more inside]
posted by harisund on Jul 6, 2015 - 1 answer

Many cats, much carpet, too many stairs. Help me choose a vacuum!

I have three floors of carpet, three black cats, and little upper body strength. I need a light vacuum that inhales cat hair over both large carpeted surfaces and stairs. [more inside]
posted by cgg on May 10, 2015 - 10 answers

How often do you replace your vacuum cleaner?

It's pretty simple, really: how often do you replace your vacuum cleaner? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Apr 15, 2015 - 24 answers

Is this what "goal accomplished" should feel like?

Hi Mefites, I just finished a huge project, and now I'm in this awful vacuum state… I've never had a baby but my friends joke it might be a postpartum thing… Please help me. It destroys me, it destroys my relationship with my SO. [more inside]
posted by OrangeCat on Dec 11, 2014 - 22 answers

Thinking about making robots do my housework.

Lately I've been considering getting a Roomba or a Neato, but I need to know if it'll try to suck up dog toys. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jun 2, 2014 - 14 answers

New vacuum cleaner causes a slight burning smell. Defective or not?

I received a new vacuum cleaner a few weeks ago. When it ran I noticed a slight burning smell so I exchanged it for a different one (same model: Eureka Boss SmartVac 4870 series). I've run this one for perhaps 15 seconds and again, I notice a slight burning smell. Maybe there's some dust on the motor coils that will burn off after some initial use? [more inside]
posted by metadave on Mar 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Not that I'm going to do it or anything, but...

Is it feasible to take apart, modify, and put back together again a hair dryer so that it works in reverse, that is, become a small vacuum? I assume I would have to make the blower work backwards to become a sucker, and I would have to direct debris into a little sack and away from the blower and power source. If I were going to do it, what would I do? How much work would it be? How ugly would it be, assuming rudimentary skills and a home workshop? If it's impossible-- why?
posted by blnkfrnk on Mar 12, 2014 - 10 answers

My vacuum cleaner doesn't suck.

I have hardwood floors in every room except the kitchen and bathroom, which both have ceramic tile. I have cats who shed and track litter. I have a lot of hair which sheds. I have a hobby which results in a lot of tiny glass splinters. This is all on one floor. What is my best vacuum cleaner which will pick up all the hair and not get tangled up, will pick up the litter and won't get destroyed by small pieces of glass? I'd prefer something smaller rather than larger as I have limited storage and something bagless would be better than not, but I am not sure how the dust vs small glass pieces will balance that out. I am in Canada. [more inside]
posted by jeather on Feb 9, 2014 - 18 answers

This sucks. Or, more precisely, it doesn't.

I have this vacuum which doesn't currently work. The vacuum has a full block in its hose, too deep to be accessed by popping the hose as described in the owner's manual. Can I partially disassemble this vacuum to clear the hose myself? If so, how?
posted by .kobayashi. on Jan 20, 2014 - 5 answers

disassemble Eureka Airspeed ONE Reach vacuum

I just got a vacuum cleaner and I hate it. I plan to return but now I can't take it apart to get it back in the box. Has anyone had a Eureka Airspeed ONE Reach? Any ideas? There must be a way, but I can't figure out how. [more inside]
posted by the twistinside on Jan 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Best vacuum for "human hair" on carpets

There are plenty for pet hair. What about "human" hair? And we are talking "long strands" here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 24, 2013 - 12 answers

Space abhors a vacuum, but I still want one that works

Please explain to me some things about central vacuum systems and/or steer me towards some good reference materials. I can find tons of websites by googling, but having a really hard time wading through thinly veiled advertising for real unbiased info. Especially concerning replacing the vacuum unit of a pre-installed system. [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Dec 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Vacuum packing and mason jars questions

I recently got a FoodSaver (vacuum packing device). I have a couple questions about accessorizing it with mason jars. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on Dec 8, 2013 - 13 answers

Roomba? I hardly know 'a!

I have a cat. My girlfriend is allergic to cats (previously). I'd like to get a Roomba, since we've noticed that regular vacuuming with my HEPA-filter vacuum helps a lot. The theory here is "set robot to vacuum at 9am, come home at 7pm to cleaner apartment (with dust settled, since the roomba ran at 9am, not 7pm). [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Dec 1, 2013 - 9 answers

Where to donate / sell specific items in Atlanta?

I have inherited multiple generations of household items that I would like to donate to the best possible recipients in Atlanta or sell if there is a market for these items. [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes on Nov 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Flash! Aa-aaa-a!

Teach me about flash/vacuum pickling. Caveat: I'm not using a chamber vacuum. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Nov 13, 2013 - 2 answers

ISO vacuum cleaner - don't want to call Saul Goodman's guy for advice

Do you have an awesome vacuum cleaner? Can you tell me about it? We need a new vacuum cleaner because ours is old and barely works anymore. We are finding shopping for vacuum cleaners to be very overwhelming. Anyone have any recommendations for us? Parameters below. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Sep 25, 2013 - 21 answers

Best vacuum for cats? Difficulty level: on a budget

I recently got a really wonderful cat! While my old cheap-o vacuum did just fine before getting the cat, it is now seriously out if its league. I clearly need to replace the vacuum with something more powerful, but the prices of vacuum cleaners scare me (I am a student and so money is tight). Any suggestions on vacuums that will get the job done with pet hair but not totally break the bank?
posted by rainbowbrite on Aug 19, 2013 - 26 answers

Dyson won't work with vacuum storage bags.

I have a bunch of vacuum storage bags, but I own a Dyson DC25 upright vacuum cleaner. The attachment nozzle doesn't work for vacuum bags since it has a protrusion for attaching different heads. [more inside]
posted by krunk on Aug 15, 2013 - 5 answers

roombas for dust mites? ("robots are cool" is the unspoken motivation)

Just diagnosed with a dust mite allergy. Will a regular cheap Roomba help? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Mar 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Apartment Vacuum Cleaner - Challenge: Cat fur x2, roaches, and budget!

I need to get a new vacuum cleaner, as the one I have has given up the ghost. Also I'm poor. [more inside]
posted by robot-hugs on Mar 8, 2013 - 13 answers

I need a new vacuum.

I need a slim battery vacuum that is great on floors AND carpet. [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Jan 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Keep my cookies fresh!

I'm looking for advice on buying a vacuum sealer. Or, if they make them, just a vacuum for food packaging? My google-fu is failing! [more inside]
posted by firei on Sep 24, 2012 - 10 answers

DJ Roomba in the hizzouse

My husband wants a hackable Roomba for his birthday. [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér on Aug 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Roomba Help!

Our 4 year old Roomba is no longer functional. We want another one! What model should we get, and where should we buy it? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Jun 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Pool vacuum broke. Alternatives?

Long story short but there was a dishonest home seller & realtor and the house we purchased has a pool with leaking skimmer line. No suction for vacuuming. We have a temporary garden hose vacuum for the big stuff. Any idea how I can get the little stuff until this is repaired? [more inside]
posted by bodgy on May 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Vacuum Minion

Robot vacuum question: Neato or Roomba? Customer reviews seem to favor the Neato, but I can't tell whether the Neato is better or whether the company is better at astro-turfing. Guide me on my tiny robot vacuum choices! [more inside]
posted by edbles on May 4, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me fix my experimental setup!

What type of pump do I need to buy to remove air from an animal cage and deliver it at a controlled rate to an experimental setup? [more inside]
posted by keelyellenmarie on Apr 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Vacuum shopping with a few requirements

Can anyone suggest a vacuum cleaner that has a washable HEPA filter, doesn't vent out the front, isn't heavy, is reasonably priced, and has a button to turn off the brush? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Mar 1, 2012 - 11 answers

This sucks because it no longer sucks.

Where can I get little parts for Miele vacuums? [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone on Feb 27, 2012 - 1 answer

I'm getting old.

Can we talk about vacuums please? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Nov 21, 2011 - 58 answers

buy me a vacuum?

what kind of vacuum or dust buster should i buy? [more inside]
posted by sabh on Nov 10, 2011 - 15 answers

Vacuum cleaner value for money

Which vacuum cleaner stays sucky for the longest (relative to cost)? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jun 22, 2011 - 33 answers

Has the Michelson - Morley experiment ever been replicated in a vacuum?

Has the Michelson - Morley experiment ever been replicated in a vacuum? [more inside]
posted by enamon on May 19, 2011 - 12 answers

What does a space explosion sound like if you are physically connected to it?

What would an explosion sound like on the moon? Thought-experiment filter. [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on May 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Help find a replacement electric motor for my vacuum cleaner

Help me find a replacement electric motor for my vacuum cleaner? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Mar 28, 2011 - 2 answers

which vacuum would I enjoy?

I'm in the market for a vacuum that uses bags and is inexpensive, reliable, not too powerful and not too big. Help me pick the right one. [more inside]
posted by wondermouse on Feb 24, 2011 - 13 answers

To Dyson or Not To Dyson?

I'm having trouble vacuuming the carpeted stairs in my new home with our upright vacuum (for obvious reasons). I've finally convinced my husband that we need a canister vacuum to do the job. What's the best option on the market, in terms of a happy balance between quality and price? [more inside]
posted by litnerd on Feb 23, 2011 - 19 answers

I want a clean couch.

I need helping cleaning this filthy couch. Give me your best cleaning tricks! [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd on Feb 8, 2011 - 12 answers

Too frustrated at my vacuum to supply clever title.

I bought a Hoover Widepath Tempo vacuum. Then I got a black labrador. Then I moved into an apartment with wall to wall carpeting. Help. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Dec 12, 2010 - 4 answers

Cleaning up lead paint

My house has lead paint. Today most of the windows were replaced, and the people who installed them were supposed to vacuum up the lead paint chips. I don't think they did. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean on Nov 23, 2010 - 18 answers

Please help me find a long-lasting vacuum that is good for a home with cats.

Please recommend a vacuum that will pick up cat hair from carpet and wood flooring. [more inside]
posted by Four-Eyed Girl on Sep 11, 2010 - 22 answers

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