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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
I have a new toy!
My new vacuum cleaner arrived yesterday and I think it's going to be big improvement on the old one. I've always believed (rightly or wrongly) that upright vacuums are better for large areas of carpet. Well, that may or may not be true but I have finally accepted that our house doesn't have large areas of carpet. It's a very small house on 3 levels and much more cluttered than I would like with a mixture of carpeted and hard floors.

So goodbye upright Dyson, which will be off to the recycling centre shortly and hello, Henry! I hope that Henry is going to help me keep everything cleaner by being lighter to move about and more versatile with a bigger selection of tools and brushes. And he has a cheerful smiley face.

For those of you not familiar with Henry Hoovers, here he is:

When I first saw one years ago, I thought the face was stupid, but I gradually realised that Henrys were the weapon of choice for all the college and school cleaning staff I encountered during my many years of teaching evening classes, so it had to be a serious cleaner. Now I'm just hoping that as Henry is easier to use, I'll keep on with a more regular vacuuming programme even when the novelty of a new toy wears off.

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished

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feodora From: feodora Date: December 31st, 2015 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Henry looks really pretty. I think he will do his job.

I have a Dyson (my first) since last year and I am happy with it, as it is good with the hairs of my furry ones. Esp on the sofas

I adore the system a friend of mine has. She has a machine in the basement and tubes in the wall with adapters in any room. So she just has to attach the tube and switch.....

A speciality she has in the kitchen. There she has a slit beneath the oven. So she just has to sweep the dust infront of the slit, start the engine with a foot button and done.

heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 31st, 2015 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your friends system sounds amazing! Dysons are good. My upright did have a detachable hose and dusting tools, but it was more awkward to use than the new Henry. But the main reason for the change is that it was so old that it was running very hot after only vacuuming one room. I honestly can't remember how long we've had it, but it must be at least 20 years, so I hope your Dyson does as well as mine did.

nutmeg3 From: nutmeg3 Date: December 31st, 2015 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had no idea vacuum cleaners could be actively cute!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 1st, 2016 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Now you know! :) Henrys are British (actually still made in Britain too, which is rare these days) and part of a family of vacuums and cleaners which include Hetty and George as well as the original Henry.
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: January 1st, 2016 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Congrats on the new vacuum! It is a huge big deal when I get one, that is for sure. I have a Dyson, the one for pets that I really love :-)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 1st, 2016 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I liked my old Dyson a lot and it lasted many years, but I've finally realised it's not really the right cleaner for our house. But over on Facebook a friend was asking for recommendations for a good vacuum for a house with pets and Henry and Dyson were the top picks and Henry was cheaper.
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