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Before I found this amazing vacuum, I did get a couple of aids that truly helped minimize the problem. I bought a Furminator -it is great for de-shedding their fur. I also discovered Arm & Hammer’s Pet Fresh powder for carpets – it does a really good job lifting the pet fur from the carpet as you clean. It deodorizes the carpet, too.
For the longest time, though, I did NOT have a great vacuum to use. In fact, the various vacuums I had tried were mediocre, at best. Though they were top filling and “heppa filtered,” they lost their suction power early in the game. Lint and fur were left behind no matter how many times I passed that vacuum over the same area. Have you ever had that problem?
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Then I did finally find a vacuum I really liked. I actually owned two of them. When the first one became hopelessly clogged, I bought a second. That one eventually caught on fire. I am not kidding. Blue smoke started coming out and it was seconds from flames, I am sure of it. I unplugged that baby really fast and never tried to use it again. They now sit in my garage, waiting to get thrown out. I learned my lesson – after two failures – and gave up on that make and model.
So, that is when I started to ask around. I decided the answer might be a Shark Navigator Lift Away Vacuum. I had several friends who had them and were thrilled with the results. I was very hopeful.
Then I discovered that my sister-in-law had one! She hadn’t even used it yet. She was going out of town and wouldn’t be using it so I asked the unthinkable–could I borrow her brand new Shark vacuum for a day? She said “yes”.
I didn’t even have the directions but it is so easy that I figured out the basics on my own and tried it on my NAVY BLUE carpeting. Well, at least my carpet should have been navy blue. It was covered in white fur from my beautiful yellow lab, so you wouldn’t know it. When I used the Shark for the first time, the floor was covered and EMBEDDED with dog fur!
So, I vacuumed it. Within moments, the carpet was totally clean. It was the completely restored to the gorgeous navy blue color I loved once more.
Now, this part really sold me: emptying the canister. It was a PLEASURE emptying the canister, which was filled with dirt, lint and fur. With the flip of two switches and press of a button, the canister released from the housing, opened as I held it over a trash can, and “WHOOSH” all the debris swept out into the trash. NO DIRT ON THE OUTSIDE. No cloud of dust in the air. Clean, clean, clean! And the canister opens from top and bottom so nothing gets caught inside. It all goes!
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Vacuum is:
- Easy to maneuver
- Simple to use
- Thorough in cleaning
- Never loses suction
- Internally sealed–no dirt escapes it
- Stores easily
- Priced very reasonably ($149.00 to $249.00 retail – but I got mine on sale, yipee!)
Do you love your vacuum cleaner? What kind do you have? Share your experiences with us in the comments!