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What tools/methods make regular cleaning of hardwood floors quick and easy?

What tools/methods make cleaning hardwood floors a breeze on a regular basis? It's taking too much time and effort right now! [more inside]
posted by wannaknow on May 4, 2010 - 22 answers

I said vacuum.

I suck the air out of bags of bread before I twist-tie them back up. Weird or practical? Or a bit of both? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Apr 19, 2010 - 33 answers

This doesn't suck

I vacuumed up wet salt 10 days ago and now my vacuum is broken. [more inside]
posted by chickaboo on Apr 10, 2010 - 3 answers

Glue resistant thermoformed plastics

If I want to cover a mold I'm using in a vacuum bag veneer press with a thin sheet of thermo-formed plastic, what type of plastic would be best for wood glue resistance and clean up? [more inside]
posted by machaus on Mar 24, 2010 - 6 answers

I need something that really sucks for less than $150.

I've got two huskies, a black lab, one long haired cat, and two short haired cats living in my house. And I'm drowning in fur. The Dirt Devil Vision I bought two years ago has never worked decently. So I need recommendations for an affordable vacuum cleaner that can handle a ton of fur and relatively new carpet that's still shedding a bit. I can borrow my grandma's Dyson once or twice a month for superawesome vacuum times, but I also need something I can use a few times a week just to get the majority of the fur off the carpet. Difficulty: Under $150.
posted by elsietheeel on Jan 27, 2010 - 26 answers

What model of Miele canister vacuum should I get?

What model of Miele canister vacuum should I get? I've read a number of reviews, but nothing with enough detail to figure out what model would work best for us. We're in a 2-bedroom Manhattan apartment with hardwood floors and area rugs. I've been to Gracious Home to check out their selection and will probably purchase from there this weekend, unless someone else has a vendor to recommend.
posted by shinyj on Jan 8, 2010 - 4 answers

Dustbuster recommendations?

I'd like to get a dustbuster or similar cordless small vacuum device. Can you awesome people recommend some brands/models? [more inside]
posted by leesh on Nov 8, 2009 - 15 answers

Backpack vacuum cleaner?

Backpack vacuum cleaners - any experience or tips? I'm considering a backpack vacuum cleaner (ProTeam), but I'm unsure how comparable these are to consumer vacuums. It doesn't appear there are any carpet attachments with beaters (that are driven by a motor). Any have any experience with these? Or insights on which kind?
posted by sgarst on Oct 26, 2009 - 6 answers

vacuum storage bags

Which vacuum storage brand is best? I've seen "Space Bag", "Storage Kaddy", and "Honey-can-do" on amazon. The reviews seem fairly mixed or sparse on all of them. Do you have any personal experience with different bags?
posted by blueyellow on Jul 2, 2009 - 16 answers

Tips for vacuum-sealing fruit?

Does anyone have any experience using various short-term food preservation vacuum devices (such as the Tilia FoodSaver) on cut-up fruit? [more inside]
posted by adipocere on Jun 15, 2009 - 3 answers

Most recommended roomba, hopefully sub-$200

Most recommended roomba, hopefully sub-$200 [more inside]
posted by lrodman on Jun 3, 2009 - 17 answers

Would a blimp "filled" with vacuum float?

If you were to take a blimp like structure and instead of filling it with hydrogen, or helium, or hot air, you instead "filled it" with vacuum, that is you removed everything from the inside (think mercury vacuum), would that structure float in earths atmosphere...This is driving me nuts, help me physics!
posted by stilgar on Apr 2, 2009 - 34 answers

Effective, inexpensive cordless mini-vacuum?

Effective, inexpensive, cordless mini-vacuum. Does it exist? Please help out a fur-covered Corgi owner. [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Mar 14, 2009 - 17 answers

Well, I suppose it could work...

Retrofitting a HEPA filter to my central-vac exhaust: experiences, comments? [more inside]
posted by dino terror on Feb 11, 2009 - 1 answer

Well, that wasn't very good...

Those pretentious Dyson vacuum cleaner commercials have me thinking about the potential inferiority of my trusty steed... [more inside]
posted by who else on Feb 1, 2009 - 36 answers

Vacuum cleaner for cat owner with wool carpets?

I've read the prior discussions, and I've seen Consumer Reports - but the wool carpet issue hasn't been addressed. I'm looking for a good vacuum cleaner for my wool carpets (and my sofa and such). I have cats. I don't have stairs. I'd like a vacuum cleaner that will last. And I'd like something not too heavy, something easy to move around. If it has a bag, it has to be easy to change it. [more inside]
posted by jeri on Jan 19, 2009 - 16 answers

How to get a vacuum working again?

My dog chewed the power cable on my vacuum. Not realizing this, I turned it on and burnt a fuse. Is there any option other than replacing the vacuum? Would it be safe to wrap it with electrical tape?
posted by matkline on Jan 14, 2009 - 15 answers

Shop Vac air-powered carpet beater?

Does anyone have experience with an air-powered carpet beater with a Shop Vac? [more inside]
posted by iTristan on Oct 12, 2008 - 0 answers

Nukes… in… space…

To what extent would the lack of an atmosphere reduce the effectiveness of nuclear weapons?
posted by Artw on Sep 26, 2008 - 17 answers

How can I keep my apartment free of cat fur?

[Cat fur filter]: What's the best way to keep my apartment free of cat fur? [more inside]
posted by bchaplin on Sep 14, 2008 - 23 answers

I need a vacuum that really sucks!

What's a good vacuum for mostly hard floors and some carpet for a cat owner? [more inside]
posted by missjamielynn on May 7, 2008 - 18 answers

Cutting hair with a vacuum cleaner (a device I once saw)

Weird vacuum cleaner/haircut extension tube device. I saw it on an infomercial once. I think there's one in Wayne's World. Can I get one in the UK? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov on Mar 15, 2008 - 6 answers

Keeping it Clean Here, Boss!

We need to replace two horrible bagless upright vacuum cleaners which make an unbearable amount of noise and are largely ineffective, with a good relatively quiet single unit. [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying on Feb 13, 2008 - 22 answers

Vacuum cleaner

Need a cheap, industrial strength vacuum cleaner! [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Dec 13, 2007 - 5 answers

Why, oh why, now and this way..

Cursing bad luck: One of the preamp tubes in my Peavey Classic 30 seemed to peter out during practice yesterday. Two hours before my first concert of the year. An awesome friend came in in the clutch, but now I'm puzzled as to what to do. (and have another show on Thursday) [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Oct 28, 2007 - 13 answers

Central vacuum?

I need recommendations for a good central vacuum system to install in my house. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Sep 18, 2007 - 1 answer

Hardwood floor vacuum

I'm looking for a reasonably priced vacuum for use on hardwood floors. Doesn't need any sort of powered brushes just suction. Thanks!
posted by sandpine on Sep 17, 2007 - 12 answers

Thinking of buying a new Dustbuster

Which Dustbuster should I buy? [more inside]
posted by Tnuocca on Sep 14, 2007 - 7 answers

Your views on the roomba?

What do you think of the roomba? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 on Aug 10, 2007 - 36 answers

Why doesn't duct tape work in the vacuum of space?

In this article, one of NASA's rocket scientists said that duct tape doesn't work in the vacuum of space. Why is that?
posted by banshee on Jun 13, 2007 - 21 answers

would vacuum damage a corpse?

Would vacuum damage a corpse? This is actually a scientific research question (at the end of the explanations). [more inside]
posted by eebs on May 6, 2007 - 20 answers

Lightweight affordable vacuum

What's the best lightweight-but-still-cleans-well vacuum out there? Besides Oreck, I mean. [more inside]
posted by kentk on Apr 29, 2007 - 19 answers

Small cat hair elimination device please.

Is there a small vacuum with a beater brush that I wouldn't mind having sitting out in my living room? [more inside]
posted by Patrick Graham on Feb 26, 2007 - 11 answers

Am I really going to vacuum my yard?

Should I vacuum the paint flakes out of my yard? [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow on Oct 16, 2006 - 8 answers

Dyson vs. carpet

Which Dyson vacuum? Is Dyson the best option in that price range? [more inside]
posted by vers on Sep 19, 2006 - 33 answers

This sucks

Why won't my Shark HEPA vacuum roller spin on it's own any more? [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Jul 26, 2006 - 3 answers

Are Space Bags worthwhile, and if so what is a good vacuum cleaner to use with them?

I'm in a dorm in MA and my space is tight. I'm not going to need my long underwear (along with any other items) until Winter. Should I buy some Space Bags? How about a cheap, small, vacuum cleaner to go with it?
posted by jhscott on May 6, 2006 - 8 answers

Toilets without Tanks: How Do They Work? Do They Clog?

PlumbingFilter: Help me understand my new tankless toilet with no shut-off valve. What do I do if it clogs? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jan 20, 2006 - 6 answers

Sew and Vac?

Why is it always "Sew and Vac?" Sewing machines and vacuum cleaners. Why do these two appliances have such an affinity? Is it motors and belts? All the repair joints I see are 'Sew and Vac." What is up?
posted by fixedgear on Aug 10, 2005 - 5 answers

Time for a new HEPA vacuum filter?

How do I de-stink the HEPA filter for my brand-new bagless vacuum? [more inside]
posted by salsamander on Aug 6, 2005 - 1 answer

How do I automatically turn on one AC device when another turns on?

What's the simplest and cheapest way for me to have a setup where when one electric appliance is turned on it turns another one on? [more inside]
posted by phearlez on Jul 20, 2005 - 8 answers

Vacuums and long hair

Are there any vacuum cleaners that can deal with lots of long human hair? [more inside]
posted by trevyn on Jun 20, 2005 - 13 answers

How do I clean wood floors?

My apartment is wood floor and tile. Hell, my whole building is wood floor and tile. How on earth do I clean all of this (particularly the wood)? What's the best way to clean large amounts of hardwood flooring? (If devices are suggested, any specific brand/model suggestions?) [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jun 2, 2005 - 18 answers


Looking for an vacuum that does the trick but doesn't cost a fortune...any suggestions? I see that they sell vacuums at target, meijer, etc. Are these going to fall apart in 3 days and stop working?
posted by fabesfaves on May 31, 2005 - 17 answers

Vacuum recommendations and Ionic Breeze advice?

I recently acquired two cats which is lovely and enriching excepting that I am now living inside a giant hairball. Cat hair everywhere. Millions spent on lint rollers. First question: Can anyone recommend a decent, reasonably-priced vacuum cleaner that can tackle pet hair? It must have attachments and a HEPA filter. Also, I have bare floors. Second question: Does anyone use an Ionic Breeze or a similar air purifier? Is it worth the money?
posted by svidrigailov23 on Apr 4, 2005 - 20 answers

Need QUIET Vacuum for my Cat!

Since spring is almost here I would like to get a small vacuum to use on the cat. I have used my big vacuum with a long hose and a soft brush on the end on the cat and that was acceptable to the cat ;-) so I would like to get a small QUIET hand held one that wouldn't freak the cat out. I tried a Shark? one that was advertised as quiet but it was everything except quit! Obviously I only need one with fairly low suction, don't want the cat stuck to it.. /Peter
posted by Ferrari328 on Mar 5, 2005 - 15 answers

Is there a better vacuum than the Dyson?

[VaccumFilter] My Wife wants a new vacuum for Xmas. Namely, she wants that bright yellow $400 vacuum that you see on TV all the time. That seems a bit excessive to me for our small house. Tell me mefities, what's the best vacuum for the money? Is it worth repairing an old vaccum instead?
posted by quibx on Dec 3, 2004 - 49 answers

I want to get a Roomba: will it work for my house?

Roomba! How smart is your Roomba? (MI) [more inside]
posted by rschroed on Sep 24, 2004 - 15 answers

Kirby Vaccuum Bags

VaccumFilter: Looking for a source of Kirby vaccum bags [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by jazon on Jul 6, 2004 - 4 answers

I need a cordless handheld vac that REALLY sucks.

I'm looking for a cordless handheld vac that really sucks. Recommendations?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jan 15, 2004 - 9 answers

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