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  • #21
    Build a nice roomy mudroom with benches and lots of hooks and a bath attached and then maybe get a Roomba. Otherwise it'll get full too fast.
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    • #22
      My vac broke last week so the timing on this thread is perfect!

      We have a mudroom and I was considering the Roomba but figured it would drive my dogs nuts and there is a step down to the sunroom that would be an issue so I am glad to hear it doesn't really help our kind of dirt.

      The Hoover I had was a piece of junk - used to have a Kenmore years ago but was trying to stay away from a canister because pulling it around seems to bother my neck more than pushing an upright.

      Has anyone had any luck with Orecks? I really like the light weight feature but don't know if it can handle the lab hair/farm dirt.

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      • #23
        I have heard Orecks are not very good from friends, but I don't have one. I have a cannister Miele. It was $1000 five years ago and I absolutely love it for pet hair (and everything else, but it really gets pet hair!). Four cats. I even use it to vacuum the top of the bed where they sleep and it doesn't damage the down blanket (you can adjust the power brush head to no spin or high spin).

        I board my horses and also keep most of my shoes/jackets in the garage before I come in. So it doesn't get that dirty, just pet hair. I was hoping the Roomba was more successful, since despite having a great vacuum, I personally don't vacuum often enough to make it safe to sit in my house with black pants on.

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        • #24
          Five years ago, the whole house vacuum was a hair over $600 and if I ever build a barn, that is what I will have for horse vacuum, with several outlets all along the aisle and/or in grooming stalls.

          I have heard the prices are about the same still today.

          Now, you can't carry that vacuum around, but with the right hoses and outlets, you should be able to reach all and any place in a house and barn.

          Just one more option.

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          • #25
            I was VERY disappointed in the Oreck vacuums. All advertising hype. Like an earlier poster, the Kenmore canister vacs with retractable cord cannot be beat for the price. Very powerful and hard to kill.

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            • #26
              We need a vacuum thread.......It is HR, really it is!

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              • #27
                You really have to get into the habit of taking off outdoor shoes when you come in, city or barn.

                I think I need to check out the Roomba...no long haired animals, and it would hold me over till my twice annual cleaning sprees

                In any case, it helps greatly if you have a HUGE mud room through which you enter the dwelling (my Uncle's was about 14'x14' with a huge selection of boots and house shoes and such, even with not cleaning daily the house stayed nice)
                Originally posted by BigMama1
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                • #28
                  Originally posted by Bluey View Post
                  Five years ago, the whole house vacuum was a hair over $600 and if I ever build a barn, that is what I will have for horse vacuum, with several outlets all along the aisle and/or in grooming stalls.

                  I have heard the prices are about the same still today.

                  Now, you can't carry that vacuum around, but with the right hoses and outlets, you should be able to reach all and any place in a house and barn.

                  Just one more option.
                  Hey Bluey, our home has a central vacuum (I am thinking this is what you are talking about). It is a Nutone. I vacuumed with it for a couple of years and thought I was getting pet hair up (we have cream carpet mixed with a yellow lab, white lab and a golden retriever so hair is plentiful but not obvious). I had it serviced and all the lines "flushed" out when we moved in just to make sure everything was in working order. The suction was just not all that great but I just kept on using it going over areas twice.

                  Hubby comes home one night with a dyson "animal". I was pretty upset as the price was around $600 and hubby did not consult me before purchasing. All doubts went out the window when we cranked that bad boy up. I was mortified, MORTIFIED and embarrassed at what we pulled out of just our living room carpet. It was as if we had vacuumed up a whole other dog!! What was even worse was that the dog hair was acting as an "insulator" for all the dust underneath. So not only was the vacuum not picking up the pet hair it was not picking up the dust and dirt underneath. Needless to say the Nutone has not come out of the closet since then.

                  My parents have a Hoover central vac at their house. I had raved so much about my dyson animal that mom took it home with her to test it out while we were out of town. SHe had just had her carpets cleaned and you would not believe the stuff she pulled out of her carpets. She put her "findings" from each room on a piece of white poster board (so it would show up better) When dad came home she had a row of poster board lined up on the floor so she could show him.
                  Guess what we got mom for Mothers Day?

                  I could be a spokesperson for dyson. They should be paying me for all the free advertising I give them I CHERISH my dyson and would probably kill for it as well

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                  • #29
                    Has anyone had any luck with Orecks? I really like the light weight feature but don't know if it can handle the lab hair/farm dirt.
                    Nope, Oreck is a piece of overpriced crap for a house with pets or real dirt. Hubby bought me one 2 years ago. I keep it in the basement and only use it down there once in a while.
                    For an apartment vacuum or lighter duty...it really is only 8 lbs and simple as heck to push around (I have arthritis in both shoulders so vacuuming can be painful as heck) and transitions well from carpt to floor. However, there's no such thing as attachments...so can't do stairs or furniture. I wouldn't waste the money.

                    Canisters can be a pain in the butt once in a while when you're pulling it behind you and it gets stuck on a corner...I agree there. But they've made big improvements on them...and the hoses no longer wear out or tear. My newest one has the electric furniture and stairs attachment, it has the thing to balance on stairs, telescoping wand, real hair brushes, ceiling fan attachment...you name it. I can go through a room and clean more than the floors...I can do the furniture and baseboards and ceiling vetns and ceiling fans and lamp shades and drapes and cobwebs....and everything is attached to the vacuum and pops on and off easily. I do vacuum daily which sounds excessive, but I literally can keep everything from floor to ceiling immaculate and be out of a room in 10 minutes tops. Even when doing hard floors, the hard floor attachment it already on and detaches with a tap of your foot...and it has small wheels so it's not pushing hairballs along or blowing them everywhere.
                    This is the one I bought I think...I could have sworn it was $699 and not $599 but this one has all the stuff mine has:
                    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...sName=View+All
                    And it's on sale. Seriously, it kicked the butts of vacuums that cost almost double that. Including the Dyson, Electrolux, etc.
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                    Jump in the line!
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                    • #30
                      Originally posted by scpezold View Post
                      Hey Bluey, our home has a central vacuum (I am thinking this is what you are talking about). It is a Nutone. I vacuumed with it for a couple of years and thought I was getting pet hair up (we have cream carpet mixed with a yellow lab, white lab and a golden retriever so hair is plentiful but not obvious). I had it serviced and all the lines "flushed" out when we moved in just to make sure everything was in working order. The suction was just not all that great but I just kept on using it going over areas twice.

                      Hubby comes home one night with a dyson "animal". I was pretty upset as the price was around $600 and hubby did not consult me before purchasing. All doubts went out the window when we cranked that bad boy up. I was mortified, MORTIFIED and embarrassed at what we pulled out of just our living room carpet. It was as if we had vacuumed up a whole other dog!! What was even worse was that the dog hair was acting as an "insulator" for all the dust underneath. So not only was the vacuum not picking up the pet hair it was not picking up the dust and dirt underneath. Needless to say the Nutone has not come out of the closet since then.

                      My parents have a Hoover central vac at their house. I had raved so much about my dyson animal that mom took it home with her to test it out while we were out of town. SHe had just had her carpets cleaned and you would not believe the stuff she pulled out of her carpets. She put her "findings" from each room on a piece of white poster board (so it would show up better) When dad came home she had a row of poster board lined up on the floor so she could show him.
                      Guess what we got mom for Mothers Day?

                      I could be a spokesperson for dyson. They should be paying me for all the free advertising I give them I CHERISH my dyson and would probably kill for it as well
                      Ours is a Vacu Flo and it has tremendous sucking power, you better not let your chihuahua get close.

                      We had all kinds of canister vacuums and this central house one is considerably stronger than any I have ever seen.

                      I have several friends that have the same I have and they too say they are extremely powerful ones.

                      I don't know, maybe there are different powers in them?

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                      • #31
                        Hey now, my canister Electrolux Classic kicks ass. I can switch the beater bar off, vacuum my high traffic tile kitchen floor, run my bare palm over it, and it comes up CLEAN.

                        LOVES me some Electrolux. Best 600 bucks I ever spent.

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                        • #32
                          LOL...well the Electrolux is my number two choice. But the one I had before returning it they charged me around $1200 for it! Canister too. That model did a decent job, but for that amount I was expecting something a tad more...I dunno....miraculous at least.
                          Which was why I went back to the $600 Kenmore...did same or better for half the price. Had I gotten the Electrolux model for $600...(had I know they had one, I stupidly bought mine at a fair) I would've kept it.
                          You jump in the saddle,
                          Hold onto the bridle!
                          Jump in the line!
                          ...Belefonte

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                          • #33
                            Kenmore cannister. 20 years old, still SUCKS LOL It does a really good job. Our new house is all hardwood floors and it still does the best job. I have replaced hoses, I have replaced cords, but that motor just hums along. My daughter is 10 my son is 8 and it will suck up barbie accesorys, legos and even cranyons and magic markers with ease. We have 2 dogs in the house, numerous cats in and out and you would never know it.
                            The View from Here

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                            • #34
                              Originally posted by li'l bit View Post
                              I was VERY disappointed in the Oreck vacuums. All advertising hype. Like an earlier poster, the Kenmore canister vacs with retractable cord cannot be beat for the price. Very powerful and hard to kill.
                              FWIW though, the little freebie hand-held Oreck makes a wonderful horse vacuum A friend of mine purchased the large upright Orek & received the hand-held as a freebie. She asked me if I would like it, and I trucked that puppy right out to the barn. It works so well, that I even picked up a 2nd hand-held one at an auction for $10!
                              Cindy

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                              • #35
                                My roommate and I have a Roomba downstairs on our hardwoods. The key is to run it every day, or else it gets really clogged up because it can't handle heavy duty dirt. It's also not very good on carpet....

                                My Dyson lives upstairs, where we have carpeting. With two dogs (and one is a Chow/Border Collie mix that SHEDS like nothing I've ever seen), we do well with this set-up
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                                • #36
                                  TheJenners

                                  Thank YOU for the most useful post of the Day, not withstanding the "Does my butt look big?" and "How do I look on my horse?" entries, YOURS wins by a mile!!! I plan to go to Sears and check them out and also try a Dyson.
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                                  • #37
                                    Originally posted by 3Spots View Post
                                    I board my horses and also keep most of my shoes/jackets in the garage before I come in. So it doesn't get that dirty, just pet hair. I was hoping the Roomba was more successful, since despite having a great vacuum, I personally don't vacuum often enough to make it safe to sit in my house with black pants on.

                                    I don't believe you. I recall that nothing seems to stick to you. I've never known anyone who can be outside around horses and stay as clean as 3Spots!

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                                    • #38
                                      I recently won a Roomba pet vacuum, and I like it, but had I paid for it, I would be returning it. Same complaints as previous posters--I live in a pretty small apartment, and by the time I prep all of the rooms for the Roomba, I could probably just vacuum and be done with it. It does a decent job, but not as good as a real vacuum. For the price, I would just buy a regular vacuum--everyone I know with a Roomba also has a regular vacuum, because the Roomba is really just good for daily maintenance, not thorough cleaning.

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                                      • #39
                                        Roomba 5, Cats 0.

                                        I love the Roomba. It beat the pants off all 4 of my cats! I have 4 cats, they have yet to kill my Roomba, and are finally now all scared of it, after the dominant one got her a$$ beat two times by it with the rake things that stick out to keep the animals away.

                                        I have hardwood, and the Roomba is a godsend. I used to vacuum every day because of the hair (and the dirt from the horse and chickens) and sand from our beach. Now, the Roomba just runs 99% of the time and everything is nice and clean!

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                                        • #40
                                          I have a shedding wonder dog, so am glad to see this thread - had considered a roomba, but doesn't sound like it will do this kind of heavy duty work. At my other house, I have a central vaccum that has never had a problem with extreme dog hair or dust or anything. Didn't put that in here, because I thought this was only going to be a vacation house.

                                          This year I got so fed up with dirt/snow/light mud and all the manure & muck that dogs, horses and cattle create that I came up with a different plan. New rules: Rule 1 - no shoes or outside coats ever come into this house, both for us or any visitor (if they want to wear shoes, they can meet me at a restaurant in town for a night out. I refuse to worry about where my or anyone's shoes have been before they step into my home). Rule 2: every entry to this house that I want to be of use to me will have an outer chamber for me and dh to remove said outside wear and shoes/boots, clean off dog paws, etc.

                                          We still have the garage to walk through if needed, but dh is in the process of building two "entry mud airlock" rooms (I don't know what the heck to call them, but those are the functions) outside of two of our outer house doors. One is a door we have never used in the winter due to snow, ice and 50+ mph winds on that side - and that sucker was supposed to be our front entry door.

                                          The other door comes into the kitchen, so I've not been happy with the shoes, coats, and dog items that started to pile up in that corner of the kitchen. Even cleaning immune me was getting grossed out. These entry/mud/airlock rooms are small - about 6' by 8', but it will give us a place to deposit snowy coats, boots, etc to dry off and stay out of the house, plus the kitchen door room will also give us a place to drop firewood without getting it wet while we take off our snow coat (the wood is on the larger deck outside this room). We had some leftover board/batten for siding, and bought shingles for wall accent and roofing. So far, I left the flooring just as the deck it was, but have enough spare tile that I could upscale this if I want to (but we do live on a ranch, so don't want it too fancy in my case).

                                          Sure, we could always use the garage in the winter, but the fact is that we don't due to the firewood placement and the plain convenience of the kitchen door. And I was about to wall off that fancier entry door due to its perpetual non-use. Sure, this is very non-standard, but it is one of the best things I've ever done to make this house more useful for how I want to live.

                                          Only one life - too short to be cleaning like a fiend or worrying about curb appeal or what a future buyer 20 years out might like or dislike. Besides, anything you build like this can also be torn out easily if we ever decided to sell. Never want to wake up someday as a very ancient 80 year old lady, who finds that she used up the short amount of days that she was allotted in life in cleaning more than was necessary, instead of experiencing the other things life has to offer. I have a chronically bitter and unhappy mother as an example of how I do not want to end up at the end of my time here.

                                          It won't work for everyone, but anyway, this is my current solution - told dh some people customize hot rods, I customize my house as I see fit I admit, I am getting more eccentric by the day, and really enjoying it.

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