If you have a Dyson, do you clean the filters? Did you know it was supposed to be done every three months?
My Dyson is at least two years old and I've never noticed the clasp that opens the canister. Shame on me for never reading the manual completely through, either! There's a second filter in my machine's ball that should be cleaned as well.
Unlock the handle and lay it down so the entire vacuum is relatively flat on the floor. Just press the blue button on the ball and part of it will come right off.
Then, hit the red button under that piece and the filter will be released. Tug upward a little bit and it will pop out completely.
How did I miss all this? All you have to do to clean the filters is run them under water (the top filter can be rung out, the bottom one gets filled and flipped over numerous times to clean it).
I guess this is such a common support issue that "How do I wash the filter on my Dyson" is the #1 FAQ in the support section of the Dyson website.
I should also add that while I think the Dyson is a nice vacuum, I don't belong to the cult that seems to rave about the thing. It's heavy. It's loud. Baxter is terrified of it. I think my old neighbor's bagless upright works just as well (her dog had a tendency to shred things, so I used her machine a few times while she was away). I was seduced by all the raving on message boards about the thing. I guess it's probably better than some cheap vacuums, but I don't think it's head and shoulders above other high-end machines out there.
I promise this week will have more fun posts than this. I'll have pictures of the kitchen now that everything is pretty much done in there, some art that I bought on a whim at Charlottesville's Mistletoe Market, a giveaway, and my little commentary on those "what I wore" websites. Buckle up. It's going to be a fun week.