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    So much dirt!!

    We just moved into our new-to-us home and decided it was time to purchase a new lightweight vacuum. I simply cannot believe the amount of dirt (and dog hair?) captured after using the vacuum the first time! Approximately 8 cups compacted from the master bedroom alone! Stunned and out of curiosity, the same day I vacuumed that room again. The result was another two cups compacted! I will vacuum all three bedrooms daily until it seems reasonable. Really happy with our choice (Shark Navigator) but can't stop thinking of all that dirt!

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    I love my shark vacuum! It's astonishing how much more it picks up than others I have owned. Congrats on your new home!

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    My Shark vacuum is great too. Glad you are getting the dirt up before you really settle in.
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    were the carpets cleaned before you moved in? might think about having that professionally done if previous owners had pets in the house--those of us that are pet owners and have them indoors know it's a big difference in the amount of dirt and animal hair you deal with routinely.

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    I am glad that you identified the model you used. I had looked at many of the advertisements and commercials and said I wanted one, but already have three vacuums and could not justify buying another one. I don't even do any cleaning except the toilets and bathroom sinks since I had some bad falls followed by other problems. Just recently, my husband picked up the vacuum to use and the hose came apart. I guess I'm closer to a Shark than I realized.

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    Quilting shorttimer.....yes, forgot to mention that we had the carpeted bedrooms pro cleaned before we moved in while rooms were totally empty. That makes the amount of dirt even more puzzling!

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    This is why I won't have carpets in my home again.

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    I just bought a Dirt Devil. Wanted something without the bag and this was a midlevel price that I thought was worth the purchase. I'm shocked how much my previous sweeper wasn't picking up. Love this little sweeper. Hear a lot of praises about the Shark, too.

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    Congratulations on your new to you home. I would call a professional carpet cleaner for peace of mind.

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    You can't beat a Shark. I find that I pick up an amazing amount of dirt that I must have been living with for a long time. I hate to think about it. It makes my skin crawl.

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    I also recently purchased a SHark vacuum. I had a Dyson that I decided wasn't working well any more. I vacuumed my living room with the old Dyson and then with the Shark. It was gross how much the Shark picked up.

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    I wonder what it is that wears out on our old vacuums? I've had the same experience when vacuuming with a new one. I'm really surprised that carpeting ever caught on. I have a friend who has put it in her kitchen. My mind boggles

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    We have mostly vinyl flooring that looks like wood. Hey! I'm retired and don't want t o spend time cleaning. We have a Rainbow vac that's approaching the 30 year mark! When we vacuum the LR carpet every other week, it's amazing at how dirty the water looks and how much cat fur is in the water. Oh my! It's just the two of us, plus cat. Thanks for the Shark recommendation, should we need that. We have a hand held Shark that is used for minor clean ups, so I know the brand.
    Carpet in the kitchen? Not for this girl! But I hope your friend enjoys it,Kalama!
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    I have 2 Sharks and love them both. I keep my older one upstairs but the downstairs one has features that I like.
    I second the idea of having them professionally cleaned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LavenderBlue View Post
    Quilting shorttimer.....yes, forgot to mention that we had the carpeted bedrooms pro cleaned before we moved in while rooms were totally empty. That makes the amount of dirt even more puzzling!
    In my experience, professional carpet cleaners do not vacuum. They expect you to have vacuumed it well. They start by wetting it down and then scrubbing. Then they tell you to let dry for at least a day and then vacuum well again. So it's up to you to vacuum.
    Maybe you could hire a professional house cleaner.
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    So much dirt!

    Quote Originally Posted by KalamaQuilts View Post
    I wonder what it is that wears out on our old vacuums? I've had the same experience when vacuuming with a new one. I'm really surprised that carpeting ever caught on. I have a friend who has put it in her kitchen. My mind boggles
    The brushes on the attachments wear down, so perhaps they are not picking up so much hair, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LavenderBlue View Post
    yes, forgot to mention that we had the carpeted bedrooms pro cleaned before we moved in while rooms were totally empty. That makes the amount of dirt even more puzzling!
    I'd be considering a call to that company - it doesn't seem like their equipment is working properly!
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    We purchased a new Riccar vacuum two yrs ago. I went back to using bags too. After 7 yrs of a Dyson, I had nothing but disappointment. The Riccar has been a great vacuum. I do not have any affiliation with Riccar other than as a satisfied owner.

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    Can you tell me what Navigator you got? Checked Amazon and Walmart and there are several of them, different colors, and prices. Thanks.

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    Oh my gosh. That’s so gross. It’s good to have a decent vacuum though! I know how much dirt there can be - it was disgusting when we’ve pulled up carpet. I wish we would’ve put in wood floors in our bedrooms instead of carpet.
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    I just got wood floors put in the living/dining areas of my house. Even with swiffering daily, the amount of dust and dog hair daily is disgusting. I can't help but think that eventually the amount of dust will lessen a bit, after the remains of nearly 40 year old carpet is gone for good. We still have carpet in the bedrooms. That will be replaced soon, but with more carpeting.
    We live about a mile from a sand quarry, and the dust and sand blow everywhere.

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    I now only have two room size rugs. All floors are either vinyl or hardwood - oak. No more carpets for me.
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    Have had my Shark for probably 10 - 12 years and it still works like a champ! I have two other Sharks, too. I love the fact that I can take it apart and fix it or clean it or unclog something if I need to. I don't think I would ever buy another brand - unless they change the quality of their product.

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    I also got a new shark a couple weeks ago. It is the best one they make and cost me considerably more than the one you linked to. HSN (or QVC ?) had them as a daily special and I got a hundred off the list price.
    I vacuumed the downstairs after my decorating was done and, like you, I was astonished at how much was in the dust canister. Honestly though, I think a lot of it was my carpeting fibers that the brush took up. I bought this one to replace the Eureka upstairs. I was most impressed with the extension wand for underneath the appliances and up to the ceiling fan blades. Also. the fact that there was no bags to buy, just empty the canister and rinse off the filter once in a while.
    By the way, these are for hard wood floors too. You just change the setting on the handle it vacuums and polishes at the same time. I ordered it in pink! Yes, it is a mauve pink.
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