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Good-bye Kirby, Hello Eureka

Kirby, Eureka, and JR the cat.

Kirby, Eureka, and JR the cat.

We have had a vintage Kirby clean our carpets for the past 16 years. We got it free off of Freecyle in Saint Paul, Minnesota from a woman who didn’t realize it needed a fan belt.

“It’s really hard to push,” she said.

It didn’t have a fan belt, of course it would be hard to push. We purchased a fan belt and it raced across the floor sucking up dirt as it went.

Lately the Kirby hasn’t been pulling its weight in the Hodges household. Hair from a dog and four cats has started to overtake our home. The white carpet has become brown.

It was time to try new technology.

The Dyson vacuum

Mr. Dyson, after suffering the trauma of vacuuming as a child, invented the Dyson vacuum.

I was frustrated as a child when I had to use a vacuum. It had a screaming noise and the smell of stale dog and a lack of performance.
James Dyson

The Dyson Vacuum is priced higher than my budget, but the Eureka Multicyclonic Pet vacuum is not.

According to a sticker on the vacuum, it is: proven to clean carpets better than the Dyson DC40 for less than 1/2 the price.

The Eureka Pet vacuum has helped me with my “dirty carpet depression.”  Whoever invented white carpet didn’t have children or a dog.

Maybe the inventor of white carpets has a Eureka Vacuum?

What do you use to clean your carpets?


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About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • I have two Shark vacuum cleaners. A smaller one for the upstairs, and a larger one with attachments for the downstairs. I love them. Before that, I had two $49.00 Hoovers from Wal-Mart that I used for about 10 years. I have light carpets in my bedrooms. They are off limits to Sadie.

    • Hello Shelley,
      Now I am curious to see what a Shark vacuum looks like. A friend had recommended the Eureka Pet vacuum to me. I bought something that someone else loved.
      Now I want a Shark too.
      Please tell me more about Sadie. May I see a photograph?

  • I have mostly wood floors, but on the few carpeted rooms, I use a Eureka vacuum. No pets though. I also need to get motivated to do the stairs. The small vacuum I bought for the stairs is a Shark, and I guess something’s wrong with it. That makes me sad.

    • Hello Anne,
      There is nothing sadder than having to clean a staircase. For years I would just sweep the stairs. The new vacuum has an attachment for the staircase.
      I hope your Shark starts to work again for you. It would be sad to be sad because of dirt. Dirt is just dirt. Plants grow in it, but we don’t like it in our house. hmmm