Fine Filter, No Filter

But which one is the fine dust filter???? I am a grown up, I should know these things without having to watch an American demonstrate such things on YouTube – and if I do have to watch a Youtube then I will have to listen to 10 meters of waffle to find the 6mm of information I need to fully understand the mechanics of the dust container on my vacuum cleaner.

I have had this particular vacuum for well over a year. A flashing light started flashing whilst cleaning today so I decided to browse the user manual. Ugh. I am supposed to wash parts of this vacuum cleaner???? I am not good at cleaning. My first vacuum cleaner did its stuff for almost 15 years before I realised it even had a filter. I sometimes wonder if there are other things that I am supposed to clean, but never have. How would I know?

This is the diagram for the dust container:-

It’s a good job I didn’t act on my instinct, which was to rip off the fine dust filter [yay! found it!] in fig.35 and expect to be able to buy a new one. Fig. 40 is still a little bit of a mystery, but I’m sure it will become crystal clear if I hold it under a running tap. Fig. 39 is going to result in a tantrum – those lock/unlock situations always do. I’m sure you don’t want photographs of what I am looking at in reality – you would either laugh, or recoil in horror.

Anyhow, it is January. I always try a little bit harder in January, meaning I will blog regularly for two weeks and then fizzle out.

A tune….

30 thoughts on “Fine Filter, No Filter

      1. 63mago

        Kärcher’s yer friend ! With extra vroom and Schmutzfräse. They even have industrial vacuum cleaners for slurping up the water, no squeamish filter stuff, just suck ‘n spit.

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      2. Scarlet Post author

        Indeed, I’ve had my eye on that Karcher – I’ve found myself sighing during the advert and making age-related cooing noises. My twenty year old self would be heartbroken.
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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Batarde – No, but I really should. Why does the New Year bring such silly resolutions such as: Try to keep on top of the house work, and keep the vacuum cleaner happy. I pressed a button today that I’d never pressed before, there was a funny gurgling noise and then the thing seemed a lot happier, always the way.
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  1. dinahmow

    My sad old thing needs its filter cleaning, too, but this rain is forecast to be drenching things for at least another week…so I shan’t be able to get the wretched thing dry.
    It’s a cylindrical compressed cardboard-y thing and to clean it, I comb a twig (or a bit of wire) through all the pleats, the turn the hose on it, hard and fast. And hang it in a tree to dry. (Then I have to wash my muddy clothes and I have no idea how to get to the washing machine filter…)

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Dinah – Please do not speak of the washing machine filter! Mine has made me cry, and I have managed to flood a floor. I don’t have the patience for all these fiddly bits!
      Your vacuum, on the other hand, sounds more straightforward – I like the idea of combing with a twig, it sounds very rustic.
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  2. Jon

    Life is too short for all this fiddle and faff! We have a cheapo vacuum cleaner with an old-fashioned paper bag (and yes, a filter, but I can’t remember ever touching it). It does the job, I don’t have to wash anything – and I don’t have to fathom out those insufferably incomprehensible diagrams.

    Speaking of which, I had a disaster today with a Venetian blind. I tried to follow the diagrams and there were three “stoppers” at the base which seemed to need to be removed according to the “instructions”. So I did, carefully hung the blind on the brackets it had taken me two hours to affix to the window frame, released the cords… and WHOOSH! All the slats flew off in all directions! We’re sending it back to Asda Home, in bits, and ordered some from The Range (where we got them before, and they worked fine)… I need another day off. Jx

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Jon – Oh no!! But now you have raised the question of how to clean the Venetian blinds. I have a white one in the bathroom that looked great when it first went up, but I find it so difficult to dust – because of the moisture the dust seems to stick to it! Live and learn. I wish I’d stuck to those cheap bamboo blinds that everyone had in the 90’s, but no, I had to go all grown up and fancy.
      My old Vax had a paper bag – it’s still going, but works in the garage. I wish I hadn’t had my head turned by promises of efficiency and extra suction.
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  3. melaniereynolds

    Ah well, you see. This is why you keep us sturdy Americans around! I’ve even been known to fix things that aren’t mine while on vacation. Our first trip after the pandemic lockdown we went to an Airbnb by the ocean. I fixed the vacuum cleaner and something else, forgot what that was, the DVD player maybe? At any rate, it’s too bad you don’t get a discount for fixing things instead of breaking them. Although the owner was quite appreciative and sent me a nice email and begged me to come back again sometime (maybe, if she’d only offered a discount!)

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Good on you, Melanie! I have cleaned the glass in a blackened wood burner stove until it sparkled – it was in a rental property, and I cleaned it because I thought I’d be blamed for it. I think the landlord was grateful, though still found something to complain about that was there before I moved in – you have to be careful when renting!
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      1. melaniereynolds

        Yes, that’s very true! I had an apartment once with very cheap carpeting installed. It was fraying where the carpet met the tile for the kitchen and the dining room after a couple of years. The landlord blamed my cat and kept $200 in deposit money even though my cat had nothing to do with it. So frustrating!

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  4. Mitzi

    My mother recently bought an anti hair wrap cordless shark as her old shark needed it’s filter cleaning. My niece claimed her old one, it’ll be on Facebook Marketplace in the not too distance future. I know what you mean about those Youtube demonstrations, don’t they go on and most of them don’t pause for breath

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    1. Mitzi

      I couldn’t understand why I haven’t been sleeping too good these past few days, then it came to me late last night, it’s because I wrote distance instead of distant in the above comment.

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    2. Scarlet Post author

      Mitzi – Was that English?! I got caught yesterday watching people cut their own hair, with a TikTok hairdresser giving his critique – he was cute! And funny! Look up ‘Wolf Cut’ it comes up high on the search results. I also watched how to self cut a Pixie – something to do at the weekend then.
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      1. Mitzi

        I only got as far as 0:04 after he cupped his hands over his mouth and said wooolf cuuuuuuuts I clicked off. The one where his is wearing fishnet tights over his arms. Paul Watts demonstrates the same hairdo, in a more sensible fashion, he’s good looking and easy on the ears!

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      2. Scarlet Post author

        Mitzi – I was intrigued, plus I wanted to see how the cuts turned out. My hair has gone all Gail from Corrie and I look like a walking lollipop. Good job it’s woolly hat weather.
        Mr Mondo has very pretty eyes, gives the impression he’s going to be a bitch, but is actually rather wholesome and encouraging. He won me over despite the sleeves!
        I shall look up Paul Watts.
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  5. Nick Rogers

    Goodness, those pics look horribly complicated, more like parts from a space shuttle. We’ve got an ancient vacuum cleaner, at least 20 years old, with a paper bag that we empty or replace from time to time. We’ve never been tempted by these super-powerful Dyson jobs, especially as Dyson is a greedy bastard (2nd richest person in UK, net worth £23 billion)

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  6. Scarlet Post author

    Nick – Nope, never had a Dyson either. Henry’s are supposed to be the best, though I stupidly didn’t get one of those. Mine is German, built like a tank, and difficult to cart up the stairs, grrr.
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  7. Scarlet Post author

    Mr Mags – Indeed! I haven’t even broken it yet! I have a matching washing machine. I never intend on buying a washing machine ever again, though I might need a lightweight upstairs vacuum.
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  8. Mitzi

    Mine are German too, SEBO, Brünhilda is kept in the airing cupboard upstairs and Adele is kept in the kitchen, Adele stinks a bit, I think she needs her bag changing and I have another in the garage inherited from an elderly aunt who pegged it a few years ago.

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