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Vacuum Cleaners that don't work too well

by Julie Finch-Scally

For the past few weeks I have been getting more and more frustrated with the results from my vacuum cleaner. I have a turbo collector on the arm which shows me the amount of dust and fluff that is being collected so I know it is working, but for some unknown reason I keep finding small specks left behind on the carpet.

The small specks are usually black and look like bits of cotton or fluff from old socks. As the specks are more prevalent in the bedroom I suspect it is from the inside of black socks.

Now there are a couple of reasons why my vacuum might not be picking up these black specks. One is the static electricity generated by the vacuum head rubbing over the carpet. This I could understand if the carpet was made of nylon, but as the carpet is made with wool the static build-up shouldn’t be that great. The other reason, the vacuum is not working as well as it should. Why isn’t it picking up these small black specks?

I finally discovered the answer when I removed the vacuum from the cupboard to clean the house. The head of the vacuum cleaner was full of fluff. People forget the head, which moves over the floors guiding the dust up into the vacuum cleaner has small spaces where the fluff can settle. I had forgotten, but when I saw the fluff collected around the wheels at the base of the head I realised this was the problem.

It is not hard to clean the head of a vacuum cleaner. There are usually a couple of screws that need to be taken out and the base plate is then easily removed. The amount of fluff that gets caught in the head is quite a lot. It infiltrates and flattens out to the shape of the space. When it gets too full you will find it difficult to click the brushes in and out. Whenever I have previously cleaned the head of my vacuum cleaner I have always been surprised at the quantity of fluff it is housing.

So before using the vacuum again I will be cleaning out the fluff in the vacuum head and attacking those little black specks in the bedroom. And I will be making a point of regularly checking the head in the future when ever I use the vacuum.

 

 

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How much concentrated dish washing liquid do I need to use?

 by Julie Finch-Scally

It has been at least six months since I started using the new super concentrated dish washing liquid.  The product works well and smells great, but I can never judge the amount I need to squeeze into the sink.  I get either too many bubbles, which takes for ever to dissolve down the plug hole; or I get too little product and it won't do the job.

The other problem that is driving me to distraction is the nozzle constantly gets clogged.  After experimenting with several ways of removing the coagulated liquid, such as scraping out the mess with a spike or cloth, I finally found it easier to take off the lid and put it into the water while washing up.  When I had finished doing the dishes the hole in the nozzle was clear and I could replace the top onto the bottle.  Only problem is after a few more uses the nozzle is choked again.

Last week I thought I'd be smart.  I reasoned, if I diluted the liquid it wouldn't be so thick, then I would be able to judge how much product I would need and it wouldn't clog the nozzle.  Wrong.  Not a good idea.  If you have been thinking of trying this, don't bother.  It didn't help.

I had half a bottle of the concentrated solution left so I filled the bottle with water and shook it gently to dissolve the water in the washing up liquid.  Because the nozzle hole is so wide I now slightly tip the bottle and a stream of fluid empties into the water which gives me, yes, you've guessed it, too many bubbles. 

I know is says on  the bottle "Use half as much", but I would like to know how.  When it was thick I could never judge the amount of liquid needed, now it is thin I still can't judge the amount, I just get what pours out through the hole.

I am frustrated and looking for the answer.  How do I work out how much concentrated dish washing liquid I should pour in the sink to clean the varying number of dishes I need to wash after each meal?  Also, how do I stop the nozzle getting clogged?  If anyone out there knows the answer to these questions I would be very happy to find out.

 

 

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