What is better, a canister vacuum or upright vacuum?
One is no better than the other, it all depends what you are use to and what you have grown up with. Canisters are ususally better for homes with stairs and uprights are often preferred for single level homes. The important thing is that one doesn’t clean better than the other.

What is a HEPA filter and how much do they really help?
A HEPA filter is a very fine filter. HEPA filters reduce the amount of dust that escapes from the vacuum. Some HEPA filters reduce dust down by 99.9%. For someone with allergies  that’s a big difference.

What’s your favorite food?
Hamburgers. Well, also cookies… You know, around the holidays.

Do you have a special recommendation for people with allergies?
If you have allergies you want a sealed HEPA filter, meaning that no dust can get past the HEPA filter.

What do you look for in a good vacuum?
A good warranty, available repair parts and someone that can do the repairs.

Who the heck decided to put to U’s in the word Vacuum?
Some punk… Words with two U’s bother the heck out of me.

Do you know of any other words that use 2 U’s
Vacuums, Vacuumed and Vacuuming…. Oh, and Duumvirate – A coalition of two persons holding the same office.

How many passes of a vacuum cleaner does it take to clean carpet?
It depends on the amount of buildup is on the carpet. Pet hair is different than sand, bare floors are different than plush carpet. In some cases you need a good strong power head to pull the dirt out in other cases you need a good quality horse hair bare floor brush. For allergies, it is recommended that you vacuum at least once a week for 30 to 45 minutes. A review of your particular situation will help me direct you to the most effective vacuum for your situation.

What is your best-selling vacuum?
I don’t have just one best selling vacuum. I carry a varied selection of good quality vacuums to meet individual needs and preferences. Overall Miele is my best selling brand.

What attachments do you recommend?
Most vacuums come with similar attachments included at no extra charge. In some cases a hand held turbo head comes in handy for stairs and furniture, but for the most part the pieces you need come with the vacuum.

How many fingers am I holding up?

Which is better Bag or Bagless
Bag every time. Bagless machines don’t protect the user and they don’t protect the machine. When you empty the bagless machine you generally release some of the dirt back into the air. In a vacuum there is normally a piece of foam that stops the dirt from getting into the motor, but over time the dirt works its way through the filter and can decrease the efficiency of the motor. The bagless vacuum companies say that you should replace the filter every 3-6 months, but most people forget. It’s much easier to replace the bag each time. If you have pets, odors may get impregnated into a bagless machine, releasing an unpleasant odor as you vacuum. You can’t get rid of the odor in a bagless machine without a professional cleaning. When you have a bagged machine, changing the bag will give you a fresh machine (occasionally the machine will need a thorough cleaning to get rid of a tough odor).

What about words that start with V, you have any problem with them?
No, no problem with them, except vespiary which is another word for a wasps nest. I hate wasps; they are the worst.


26 Responses to FAQ

  1. Jeanne M Quinn

    I have an old portable singer sewing machine whose shuttle thread seems to skip and not always catch on the shuttle thread….can you fix this please? I love this machine. Thank you

  2. Bobbie Rankin

    Hi Dan,
    Do you repair Singer Featherweight sewing machines or sell replacement parts? I’m looking for a power cord/foot pedal, a handle for the case and maybe a couple of other items.



  3. Hi Dan!
    Do u carry sergers? They r quite heavy! But seriously, I am looking for a great used or refurbished one. Also, I have some old sewing machines u might want for parts, do u do trades or discounts? Thanks! Be Well, K

    • Dan

      LOL, I love a good serger joke. I can get a reconditioned serger for you if you want one. Give me a call or come on in so we can discuss what your needs are. I don’t do trades or discounts, but I would be happy to recycle the machines for you.

  4. Michele Finley

    Good Morning:
    I have a Dyson upright and I have cleaned the entire vacuum but for some reason I can NOT get the part that touches the floor to spin. Would this be something you may be able to repair? Do you have a price range?

    • Dan

      Hi Michele,
      Some Dyson models are repairable, some you have to replace the head. Please bring it in and I will let you know whether or not your model is reparable.

  5. Fran

    I have a Sebo canister and the compartment door on the bottom, where the bag is replaced, has come off the guide/slots. As a result, the compartment can’t be closed securely. This means that the bag does not go up to the spot it needs to so the unit is not picking up. It seems like a simple fix, I’ve tinkered with it, but have not had success. Any advice?

  6. Janice

    I have an old singer machine in a pine cabinet. Do you buy them or know where I can sell to? I have two. Thanks Janice 732-586-2906

    • Dan

      Dear Janice,
      I don’t buy sewing machines. Singer sewing machines are great. You can sell them on the local yard sale site on Facebook. They go quick, because they are so much better than the newer machines.

  7. Elliot Warm

    I have an older vacuum that automatically stops if the bag is full. The vac is now stopping after a minute or two as if the bag is full because, apparently, the dirt is not getting through and there’s a clog. I removed the clogged dirt several times and put back the virtually empty bag, but to no avail.

    • Dan

      Hi Elliot,
      Sounds like there is a clog a little deeper in the machine. It probably needs a good cleaning. I would be happy to take a look at it when you bring it in.

  8. Lynne

    Do you clean / repair the older Singer sewing machines? Not sure of the exact model at this moment , but it’s from the 50’s I believe – one of those seafoam green colored ones originally manufactured in Great Britain.
    And I’ll be stopping by this week – my 15 1/2 year old Kenmore vacuum is making a funny noise and it smells like something is burning – but I don’t think it’s the belt. I took the belt out and turned it on for a second and the noise and smell was still there. Thank you!!

  9. Florence Davis

    Do you pick-up and deliver vacuums in need of repair? I have a Simplicity canister vacuum in need of repair. Its cord will not stay pulled out and its bag popped off filling the canister with vacuumed dirt. The inside filter needs to be replaced, as well. Should the vacuum attachments be brought along with the canister? Also, do I need to make an appointment for the repair? Thanks.

    • Dan

      Hello Florence,
      We only pick up vacuums as a service to our homebound customers. Simplicity vacuums are great. Please bring it in and I will give you a free estimate. It is best to bring everything, so I can be sure everything works for you. No appointments are necessary.

  10. Jamie

    Good morning. I have a Kenmore canister vacuum. The prong where the pole attaches to the power in order to switch to carpet broke off. Can you replace that piece? Thanks!

    • Dan

      Hi Jamie,
      It sounds like the wand might have to be r
      placed, but bring it in and I will let you know for sure.

  11. Dave Lane

    what do you charge to look and estimate on a Dyson vacuum?

  12. Hi Dan
    Do you install central vac?

    • Dan

      Hi Lynn,
      Yes we install central vacuums in new home construction. We also repair and perform maintenance on central vacuums that are already installed. We do not install central vacuums in existing homes. Please give me a call if you have any questions.
      Best regards,

  13. jennifer

    What can I do to my vacuum cleaner to get it ready for the Mayan Apocalypse???

    • Dan

      I am so glad you asked; I have a plan that I think will work.
      1. Invite all of your friends and neighbors to your house
      2. Ask guests to bring their vacuums
      3. Build a giant hover craft
      4. Gather two of every animal
      5. Go to the store and stock up on elephant chow and chocolate chip cookies
      6. Throw some other food supplies in the cart
      7. Don’t forget the air freshener
      8. Serve your guests a last meal of Aunt Mary’s famous lasagna
      9. Make a heartfelt toast to all of your friends and loved ones
      10. Escape the apocalypse in your hover craft
      If my plan works, we are holding a meeting of all apocalypse survivors in Times Square (NYC) for New Years 2013.

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