Broken Vacuum Got You Down?

Does this picture seem like a pretty good representation of your experience with your vacuum cleaner?

Hands cleaning vacuum cleaner

I don’t know about you, but I can’t seem to find a vacuum cleaner for less than a billion dollars that won’t break. They just don’t make ‘em like they used to. In the old days (or so I’ve been told…), you used to buy a product that, if serviced and taken care of properly, would last a lifetime.

Take dress shoes for example. Old dress shoes used to be made with stitched soles. The idea here is that if the sole wore out, you could easily take the existing, worn sole off of the shoe and put a new sole on. As long as you took care of the leather with regular shoe shines and storing the shoes in shoe trees when they were not in use, those shoes could last for years and years. Cut to today, when the large percentage of shoes sold in stores have soles that are GLUED ON. So when the soles are worn down to nubs and have holes in them, you’re out of luck and just have to go to the store to buy a new pair of crappy shoes. Rinse and repeat.

Anyway, apply the shoe analogy to your vacuum, and you see where I’m going with this. The vacuums sold in stores are meant to break down. Otherwise, how is the vacuum company going to get any more money from you? Don’t get me wrong, you’re going to need a vacuum if you’re going to try to avoid living in filth, so simply not having a vacuum or not cleaning your floors and carpet isn’t a viable option. What I’m saying, though, is the really economical and smart way of dealing with this is to use a carpet cleaning company and to limit your use of your home vacuum to light duty.

If you’re just occasionally doing a light vacuum to get some surface dirt up, your vacuum is probably going to last for a longer time than if you try to use if for serious, deep carpet cleaning. Doesn’t that make sense?

Carpet cleaners make their money by getting the tough to reach and ridiculously soiled areas in your carpet spic and span, so it makes sense for them to splurge on the latest and greatest state of the art machines they’ll need to get the job done right. In the long run, if you call your carpet cleaners twice per year for deep cleanings and just use a consumer model, like a mid-range Dyson or something, you’re probably going to save money in the long run and won’t have to worry about your vacuum self-destructing any time soon.