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How I Cleaned My Favorite Vacuum

Sometimes I get an idea to write a post and think, “do people REALLY want to read about this?”  But then, I think about what motivates and inspires me when reading other blogs, and sometimes it is the most simple posts (like this one on cleaning baseboards from Simple Notebook) that get me movin’!

So today, I thought I’d share with you how I cleaned my favorite vacuum.
Over a year ago, I purchased an Electrolux ErgoRapido Bagless Cordless Handheld/Stick Vacuum.  It was lust at first site and love at first use.  I looked for awhile on the internet for the perfect stick vacuum, and decided on a Electrolux because:
~I wanted something for my hardwood and tile floors, not just carpet
~I wanted cordless
~I wanted lightweight
~I wanted sleek and pretty
~I wanted one that would hold its charge for long periods of time
~I wanted one with power!
~I wanted one easy to use for lil’ ones hands, so vacuuming could go on the chore board
~I wanted something with attachment options to get into the corners
~I wanted one that had a detachable hand held vacuum
The Electrolux had all of these things!

{It comes in ORANGE, too!! Love.}

Here was the problem.  
I am a hairstylist.  Before my cancer diagnosis, I did quite a few haircuts for family and friends.  Because of this, hair entered my house.  My little vacuum was perfect for this, BUT, after using for a year, long pieces of hair had gotten wrapped around the wheels, and they no longer rolled!
Most “normal”:) people would deal with that right away, but as we all know I am a procrastinator, so we have only been using the handheld part of the vacuum now for almost 6 months!  
I know, that is ridiculous.
I finally did it!  I cleaned the nasty hair off the wheels
1. I emptied and rinsed the lint basket
2. I spray and wiped all external parts
3.  I used the small screwdrivers to pop the wheels right off.  No unscrewing necessary!
4. I used tweezers to pull the hair off the wheels.
5. I let all dry 
and now
I am love again!!
It really was easy, took all of 10 minutes..
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I so appreciate it, if you are an Amazon shopper, 
when you use any of the links in this blog that take you to Amazon.  
I am so grateful!
**UPDATE  This vacuum would not be my first choice for lots of carpet areas that need heavy duty type vacuuming.  It is STICK vacuum, great for hard floors and to quickly touch up areas in between heavy duty vacuuming.

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  • Stacey
    August 6, 2011 at 4:46 am

    i love love this vacuum

  • sara jean
    August 6, 2011 at 4:45 am

    i know of this great site, i found the Electrolux 1014A at such a discounted price i love this vacuum, it works great for the kitty litter 🙂
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  • Anonymous
    August 6, 2011 at 4:43 am

    i know of this great site, i found the Electrolux 1014A at such a discounted price i love this vacuum, it works great for the kitty litter 🙂

  • Bethany
    March 16, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Hahaa! This totally made me laugh. I too just recently got down on the floor, flipped over that vacuum cleaner and dealt with the hundreds of mega wrapped, pesky hairs! I still have to wash the filter, etc.. but it totally felt like a step in the right direction =)

    Way to go!!!

  • jeana
    March 16, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Oh my, you are my kind of woman! I wait that long it seems on everyhting! Love your tips to get it clean. I really need a vacuum, ours quit working on us in October. I still haven’t gotten one! I just use my mom’s. You may have sold me on this one, and in orange!

  • Amy Bowman
    March 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Hi jeana!
    This would be great if you had lots of hard wood floors and tile, and for touching up carpet. I would not like it for regular vacuuming on lots of carpet areas…you would need more heavy duty type vacuum. This one is super powerful for a rechargeable, stick type vacuum. I love that my kids can easily use it:)

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