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Glade Shake n Vac / Carpet Freshener Powder - Your Opinions?
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Post# 233898   5/24/2013 at 17:45 (1,736 days old) by hi-loswitch98 (Mid-Wales/Shropshire)        

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Hi there!

I like to use Glade Shake n Vac or any Carpet Fresheners on occasion, or when I feel like freshening up the house, & it's quite cheap to source too. I like to use it on the Bathroom Carpet but I just wanted to know what your opinions were on this type of product.

I do wash the carpets twice a year to flush out any that hasn't been vacuumed up previously & I have heard crazy stuff about it.

Thanks for any replies

Post# 233911 , Reply# 1   5/24/2013 at 22:21 (1,736 days old) by sbakerde (Millsboro, DE )        
I hate it

I have been telling customers for years that those powders will ruin any vacuum. I have seen fairly new machines come in with burnt up motors from carpet powders that went right through the filters. Due to that I do not honor any warranty on a refurbished machine if carpet powders are used. I also noticed that people who use carpet powders often have the dirtiest carpet because the vacuum can't do its job when its clogged up with powder.

Post# 233915 , Reply# 2   5/24/2013 at 22:40 (1,736 days old) by dustin (Jackson, MI)        

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I have never had any damage done to a vacuum from using carpet powders, and I maintain my vacuums, so the loss of performance from sucking up the powder is not an issue. I did however notice an issue when our carpet was replaced last year- Even though I vacuum several times a week, usually daily, the stuff had gotten under the carpet and pad and was not being removed with normal vacuuming. I use it maybe a couple times a month just to help with dog odors.

Post# 233916 , Reply# 3   5/24/2013 at 22:41 (1,736 days old) by vacuumfreak95 (Aransas Pass, Tx)        
Don't use powder carpet fresheners.

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Powder is so fine that it can go through the bag/filter and coat the motor bearings witch then kills the motor. Use a granule carpet freshener that is NOT a powder.

Post# 233920 , Reply# 4   5/24/2013 at 23:44 (1,736 days old) by Blackheart (North Dakota)        
Hate it!

I hate carpet fresh with a passion i had a friend who only had a handvac and used a lot of carpet fresh. Both my commercial royal and miracle mate vacs were clogged in seconds. I called over to the vac shop and asked him what he'd use to remove carpet fresh i was told "someone else's vacuum".

Post# 233925 , Reply# 5   5/25/2013 at 01:40 (1,735 days old) by ultraperformer (Derbyshire, UK, Europe)        

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The thing with Shake n Vac is I hate the smell lol the scent is just sort of chemically/overpowering. I use my Polti Steam Cleaner to give the carpets a quick freshen up.

Post# 233931 , Reply# 6   5/25/2013 at 03:54 (1,735 days old) by dysondestijl (east midlands, UK)        

Only use it with dirty air machines

Post# 233932 , Reply# 7   5/25/2013 at 03:59 (1,735 days old) by parwaz786 ( )        

I used it on my DC07 and the bin went cloudy!!! :( the dust goes to the motor aswell, and it does make a mess and the cyclones become dusty, however the Dysons dont lose suction with it :)

Post# 233935 , Reply# 8   5/25/2013 at 04:25 (1,735 days old) by uksausage (eastbourne east sussex UK)        
i love it

I use it every day magnolia and vanilla shake n vac its getting hard to find it now most places only have the citrus or lilly of the valley. many years ago i used to use a Haze carpet freshner that came in a deep pink pot and was called victorian rose i havent seen it for years but that will always be my favorite of all time.
I have never suffered damage to the carpets or to any of my vacuums, i usually use bagged dirty fan machines, so when i go over with a bagless there is hardly anything that they pull out, I totally agree with Mr De-Stijl only use it with a dirty fan vacuum i normally use a Hoover Turbo 1 or Junior sometimes the old 612 or my Kirby G6
I think the shake n vac must work as people come in my house and dont realise we have 6 cats and a dog and both me and Dean smoke, mind you no matter what the weather ive always got windows open

Post# 233938 , Reply# 9   5/25/2013 at 05:17 (1,735 days old) by parwaz786 ( )        

Shake and vac is an excellent product, but kills vacuums, however in my local pound shops, hey have all the 3 scents :) orANGE BLOSSOM THINGY, VANILLA AND LILY VALLEYU

Post# 233942 , Reply# 10   5/25/2013 at 06:02 (1,735 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh)        

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I read somewhere ( can't remember where ) that Shake n Vac is very bad for pets. They can suffer an allergic reaction if it gets on their paws and is then ingested. Also the overpowering smell is supposed to be bad for their sensitive noses.

Post# 233943 , Reply# 11   5/25/2013 at 06:04 (1,735 days old) by uksausage (eastbourne east sussex UK)        
pound shop

I usually find mine in a place in eastbourne called E S K Warehouse or in a random little shop round the corner from me they are the only 2 places in eastbourne i can get the vanilla and magnolia

Post# 233944 , Reply# 12   5/25/2013 at 06:06 (1,735 days old) by uksausage (eastbourne east sussex UK)        

im quite lucky with mine none have had a reaction to it i know my mum cant use it as her dog is highly allergic to it and the same goes for my best friend her 3 dogs are all allergic, but mine all seem to be ok (think they must be so used to it by now they are probably immune to it)

Post# 233947 , Reply# 13   5/25/2013 at 06:37 (1,735 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

If the sprinkle type carpet deodorizer contains sodium carbonate or bicarbonate--DO NOT USE-it can ruin ANY type of vacuum.These chemicals can corrode metal vacuums or metal parts it contacts-and can "pit" plastic machines or parts.Most vacuum shops will tell you the vacuum warrantee is invalidated if carbonate type carpet fresheners are used.Use the granular types instead-like "Feather Lite"The coarse granules won't clog bags and it doesn't contain any type of carbonates to cause damage."Vac Yum" is OK."Fresh Wave" is OK.And of course Kirby "Oderific" when placed on a cotton ball and put into the bag.

Post# 233950 , Reply# 14   5/25/2013 at 07:41 (1,735 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Ive never been a fan of Shake n Vac. I like the idea but as so many members on here say, it gets into the motors as well as other parts of the vacuum cleaner leading to damage. Also it just doesn't leave carpets feeling that fresh - okay maybe for an hour if you physically get down on your hands and knees and put your nose to the carpet.

The best alternative I have found are those scented capsules that you can often buy to pop into a bag. A lot of the cheap ones don't last very long - SEBO still make scented capsules and used to be on sale at John Lewis - but their pink ones aren't that nice compared to the dark blue ones that have a sporty fragrance about them - and are old stock available to buy direct from the UK company.

Post# 233967 , Reply# 15   5/25/2013 at 09:51 (1,735 days old) by VAC-O-MATIC (Saint Louis, Mo.)        
Powder alternative...

I don't know if Oreck cleaning products are available over the pond, but they sell a product called Crystal Aroma carpet and room refresher. It's green safe and pet perfect, but don't know what the ingredients are specifically. It's more like salt crystals than a powder and has a wonderful clean fresh scent. I have a lab, so I use it a couple of times a week. I put it down at night when I go to bed, then vacuum it up the next day. Many of the vacuums that come in are coated on the inside with the store powders and we even have a sign that I made saying "Just Say No to Powders!" We have converted many customers over to this product and they love it. It only comes in the clean fresh scent, so if it' flowers or berries they're looking for, we don't have it. Ours is for people that want the product more for freshening the carpet than to deoderize the air, but does both.

Post# 233971 , Reply# 16   5/25/2013 at 10:31 (1,735 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Quite frankly, I wouldn't use it of you paid me. If your carpet smells, you should probably clean it more often. I think the smell is overpowering, the stuff is bad for pets and it knackers up your vacuum. If I want my room to smell nice, I just light a scented candle or open the windows and let some fresh air in

Post# 233974 , Reply# 17   5/25/2013 at 10:53 (1,735 days old) by NYCWriter (New York City)        
Amen, Chris!

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None of these chemical "fresheners" are good for anyone.

It's sad that so many Americans apparently have such bad cleaning habits that their homes stink so badly they need to have plug-in fresheners, Febreze, rug powders, etc.

Do you know how many of these "fresheners" (most notably Febreze) really work? Their active ingredient is essentially a nerve agent; it "temporarily" kills nerves in the brain that detect foul smells.

Post# 234008 , Reply# 18   5/25/2013 at 16:31 (1,735 days old) by Rolls_rapide (Scotland)        

I remember the BBC "That's Life!" consumer programme featured a girl who was allergic to the powder "Shake & Vac". It caused contact dermatitis or eczema on the soles of her feet. Same goes for pets too.

Electrolux used to warn of carpet freshening powders dissolving the plastics of the machine.

Also, the powder gets past every filter and into the motor.

So no, do not use!

Post# 234010 , Reply# 19   5/25/2013 at 17:26 (1,735 days old) by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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Powder Carpet Fresheners are essentially "dirt" to both the rug and the vacuum. You pay three times for the powder, once to buy it, once for the vacuum bag that it clogs prematurely, and once when the agitator bearing grease gets filled with it and you need new bearings. I tell everyone NOT to use it.

Post# 234022 , Reply# 20   5/25/2013 at 21:25 (1,735 days old) by spiraclean (UK)        

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Never liked it myself. Some of them smell OK in the container, but get way too overpowering once sprinkled over the carpet. And even with a clean dust bag, once it's been sat in the cleaner for a few days, the scent seems to alter and becomes rather unpleasant to my nose.

Having only tried it on a few occasions, I couldn't say for sure either way whether or not it damages vacuum cleaners over time, so will trust the judgement of the experts on this one. What I do know is that the brushroll, air paths and bag compartment all get covered in a white, powdery film. Any time I receive a used vacuum in this condition, it gets stripped down fully and scrubbed inside and out to get rid of the mess.

A little scent is OK by me, so I do sometimes use drop-in bag fresheners. Oreck original Fresh Air tabs are my current favourite, and have a pleasant rose scent. Sebo citrus capsules are good if you want something a little stronger. What I really miss though are the little green fragrance capsules Vorwerk used to sell. Smelled fantastic, but I've never been able to find anything even remotely similar since they were discontinued and replaced by the square Dovina chips.

Post# 234035 , Reply# 21   5/26/2013 at 02:59 (1,734 days old) by Ultimatevacman ( Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK)        

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I don't use a powder type carpet freshener, but I do use a granulated type one, it doesn't do much, but the carpet smells fresh for a few hours after vacuuming. I think it's called "Neutradol", I could be wrong though.

Post# 234497 , Reply# 22   5/29/2013 at 18:30 (1,731 days old) by hi-loswitch98 (Mid-Wales/Shropshire)        

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Someone reviewed Shake n Vac on a review site (either Ciao or dooyoo) & they described using Shake n Vac as 'sprinkling money onto the floor'

Before I washed all the carpets / rugs in the house if you went over all the carpeted areas in the house with a bagless upright you could have sucked a bin full of it out the carpets. My sister was literally OBSESSED with using it until I persuaded her to stop.

Post# 234500 , Reply# 23   5/29/2013 at 18:59 (1,731 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

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Years ago, I used to use Love My Carpet for deodorising problem carpets.  Now I just rub softener sheets onto the carpet & pick up the sheet with the vacuum (using just the hose & wands)  This way the softener sheet cleans the inside of the hose & gets out any remaining dirt stuck inside.

Post# 235754 , Reply# 24   6/8/2013 at 22:47 (1,721 days old) by tjhooverman (New London WI)        

I was told by my D2D Salesman who sold me my Filter Queen Majestic never to use carpet powders. It damages the machine. voids your warranty, it hinders vacuum performance. I saw on Kenmore C canister vacuum bags that dust, or fine powders will hinder performance. I don't believe in using powders. I hate them with a vengeance. I'll put air refresher pellets in the bag or dust bin or I can spray liquid scents on a Filter Queen's felt pad. I agree with you all. carpet powders are bad for your lungs, overpowering, and are bad for pets.

Post# 235765 , Reply# 25   6/8/2013 at 23:19 (1,721 days old) by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        
This stuff isn't good

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for carpets, vacuums, or your health.

I agree all you need are good cleaning habits.

I do like the good smells but essential oils are great for that instead of the nasty chemicals.

I remember seeing a commercial when Fabreeze(S?) first came out and the first thing that went through my mind after seeing them spray it on pillows, dog beds, mattresses, etc - is what kind of chemicals are you introducing to you and your pets? I've NEVER felt comfortable using any of that stuff.

Post# 235797 , Reply# 26   6/9/2013 at 06:37 (1,720 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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One has to bear in mind that when this powder was released on the market, carpet washers were largely unheard of - so at the time one can only imagine that people were using it to freshen up their fibres. Quite how and why it took so long for someone to invent Febreeze for fabrics like curtains and cushions is beyond me, but fits the similar vein of usage.

Granted though, those furnishings can be washed, but if you have ever used Febreeze spray as it is known for, it can leave materials harder to the touch after a period of time. Thus, both carpet freshening powder and fabric refresher spray isn't always suitable for all general fabrics in the home.

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Post# 235807 , Reply# 27   6/9/2013 at 09:06 (1,720 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I think we just sprinkled baking soda? Back in the 60s we had Host carpet cleaner available, that had a lovely smell.

Post# 235809 , Reply# 28   6/9/2013 at 09:33 (1,720 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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I don't think many Brits did that to be honest. I don't think many gave a second thought about carpet stains unless they had one of those manual Bissell shampooer machines (my gran had two of them - they did an okay job to be honest but if you've had them you'll know they have foam rollers, not bristles) or the canisters of foam cleaning with the plastic static bristle heads on them.

Post# 235810 , Reply# 29   6/9/2013 at 09:38 (1,720 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I think our carpets then, damn I remember the big excitement getting wall to wall Dupont 501 Sculpted Antique Gold, I think were a bit tougher to clean. And we only had the Compact straight suction canister.

Post# 235844 , Reply# 30   6/9/2013 at 14:29 (1,720 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Those powders are what helped put the end on Connies.

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When the cleaner "floats on air", it sends a duststorm all over. I never use it. I know people who put the little cork pellets in their vacuums. It smells nice and doesn't harm anything or anyone.

Post# 235846 , Reply# 31   6/9/2013 at 14:31 (1,720 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Now that does sound messy, I admit.

Post# 235875 , Reply# 32   6/9/2013 at 16:22 (1,720 days old) by anthony (leeds uk)        
shake and vac

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cant belive its still around its evil stuff and it dont work it just masks smells the only way to get rid of smells is to clean the dirt away not cover it up sometime in the early 70s i remember my mum and dad taking up the lounge [fitted] carpet taking it outside laying it on the patio my mum then scrubbed it with a hoover polisher fitted with the scrubbing brushes she used ordinary washing powder somthing like Ariel it was then draped over the garden wall where my dad hosed it down with fresh water you could actually see the dirt being flushed out it looked like new after spending all day in the hot sun and all night they brought it back in the house and put it back down it looked great and smelled fresh two years later after 6 kids and a dog had trampled all over it the whole operation was repeated

Post# 236122 , Reply# 33   6/11/2013 at 09:13 (1,718 days old) by myles_v (Stafford, Virginia, USA)        

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I've read that carpet freshener powders are full of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). I use Oreck Fresh Air tabs, not sure if they release VOCs or not. My mom uses a little bit of carpet freshener powder on the rugs in her room, and she uses my Hoover T Series to clean it up. It does really does coat the foam pre-motor filter. I've thought about buying a canister of the Oreck carpet freshener crystals and asking her to try that instead of the carpet powder she uses. I really dislike the scent of those freshener powders.

Post# 236129 , Reply# 34   6/11/2013 at 10:46 (1,718 days old) by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        

I don't use it. Even in fan first machines, like Kirby, it can damage the motor. The air intake for cooling air is gliding very close to the carpet and is able to suck in the particles that can stick to bearings and motor winding.

Post# 236137 , Reply# 35   6/11/2013 at 11:37 (1,718 days old) by richardc1983 (Leeds, UK)        

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What about bicarbonate of soda?

Post# 236143 , Reply# 36   6/11/2013 at 13:06 (1,718 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        

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I have used Glade Shake n' Vac NUMOROUS times and I have to say I have never had an issue with it getting through the bags and filters, not any more than just normal dust would, anyway.

I usually use it when the bag needs to be changed, vacuum it up and then put in a fresh bag and just give it another go over with the machine at maximum efficiency, I do like the novelty of using the stuff and I personally think it smells great, especially the "Magnolia & Vanilla" or "Citrus".

I have found Shake n' Vac to be more of a salt type consistency, than a powder...Using these products once in a while will not hurt your cleaner, they are deffinately more economical to use in a bagless, multi cyclonic cleaner as there is no clogging or wasting bags.

Post# 236146 , Reply# 37   6/11/2013 at 14:19 (1,718 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
I remember when I sold Kirby

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That Kirby marketed a powdered carpet freshener that was similar to Love My Carpet.  I checked their web site and they still do.  Gotta get those machines in for service somehow! :-)

Post# 236176 , Reply# 38   6/11/2013 at 22:17 (1,718 days old) by Human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I've personally never used that crap and have no intention of ever doing so. That shit will absolutely kill a vacuum cleaner and it does stink. My next door neighbor, who is a heavy smoker, uses it and I can smell it outside her front door, even when the door is closed. Ironically, what I smell inside my apartment is the damn smoke from her ciggies.

I've picked up a number of vacuum cleaners from beside the dumpster at my apartment over the years I've lived where I am. I've cleaned them up, used them, passed them on to others, donated them to charity and occasionally sold even one. Every one of them, with maybe one or two exceptions, has been absolutely caked with that stuff. Clearing the vacuum powder out and replacing the bag and the belt is usually all any of them need, although the damage is quite evident when compared to a machine that has never been exposed to it.

Post# 236190 , Reply# 39   6/12/2013 at 07:16 (1,717 days old) by watsonw (Newport, Shropshire, UK)        
shake n vac

shake n vac....

Used it in the eights until I bought a VAX MODEL 101 in March 1986.

It struck me that s n v had a consistency between a finely grated deodorant stick and washing powder; the smell never lasted long, even in the cloth bag of the cleaner we were using at the time: a hoover 612.

I repaired /rebuild cleaners in those days,mainly uprights for a paying hobby and found shifting s n v build-up a difficult and labourious task.

Use the steam or spray extraction type machine.

Regards, Walter, mid-Shropshire.

Post# 236207 , Reply# 40   6/12/2013 at 11:57 (1,717 days old) by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        
Kirby selling carpet freshener.

They did, and do. Not knowing what is in their formula can't say it is good or not. However, just because something is on the market doesn't mean it is good. You can buy cigarettes at the local store, doesn't mean it's good for you.

Post# 239316 , Reply# 41   7/8/2013 at 05:18 (1,691 days old) by kirbymodel2c (Nottingham, England)        

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Hi, I've been meaning to write this reply on here for a few weeks now...

About 2 months ago I had a man come in to me with his Dyson DC41 that his wife bought last November 2012 at a cost of £399.99.
He said to me it hasn't been sounding right for the last few weeks. So I plugged it in and turn it on. It sounded awful! A real dry high pitched noise.

I looked at it and asked have they been sucking up lots of fine dust (Plaster dust,flour etc.) "Oh no"...the customer said.
"Are you sure?" I said as the machine looked dusty. Inside and out. I said what about carpet freshener?? Oh yes "she" uses that. I said "well there you go."
I asked did they wash the filter regular and he said they did....

I just told him to contact Dyson direct and see what they say.
I didn't want to say I doubt Dyson would repair it under guarantee with it being self inflicted.

I'm glad they didn't buy it off me:o)


Post# 239321 , Reply# 42   7/8/2013 at 06:19 (1,691 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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James - how about bicarbonate of soda - its quite a fine powder, so does that damage parts as well?

Post# 239327 , Reply# 43   7/8/2013 at 06:54 (1,691 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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And that, James, is why I always say that if you're going to use carpet powder (which you shouldn't AT ALL) then at least use a bagged vacuum cleaner to minimise damage.

The fine powder can get through a bagless machine's filters and into the motor easier than it can get past a paper bag (which is a filter in itself) PLUS filters.

Post# 239330 , Reply# 44   7/8/2013 at 07:03 (1,691 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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The fine powder can also get through any vacuum cleaner that hasn't been sealed properly, regardless of whether it is bagged or bagless - cue Anthony's post about the Hometek light n easy.

Post# 239336 , Reply# 45   7/8/2013 at 07:48 (1,691 days old) by kirbymodel2c (Nottingham, England)        

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Umm when it comes to bicarbonate of soda I'm not sure is the honest answer.

I'm guessing it's how often you use it plus the amount your picking up.
If you use it allot in a cyclonic vacuum it might have a bigger impact than a decent bagged machine. Especially if the cyclonic machine is not well maintained when your using it with bicarbonate of soda or other fine/finer powders.


Post# 239406 , Reply# 46   7/8/2013 at 17:27 (1,691 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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I wondered as I watched a U.S Mom on You Tube show the gen public how to make cost effective home made carpet freshener using cinnamon powder and bicarbonate powder. She made the right decision to use cinnamon alone as it neutralises dog odour in an instant as well as less headache inducing. I was a bit concerned with the amount of soda powder though as effective as it is at neutralising as well, it is a great thinner in terms of consistency than ground cinnamon powder alone.

Post# 239430 , Reply# 47   7/8/2013 at 21:54 (1,691 days old) by NYCWriter (New York City)        

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People need to just keep on top of their cleaning.

It's only when you let the dust, dust mites, and their dander fester and rot in your environment that you get odors.

Post# 239443 , Reply# 48   7/9/2013 at 06:10 (1,690 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Its not a case of that at all, NYC.

i was interested as my family have a holiday rental and its left inhabited for long periods at a time. Normally when I visit I take my Bissell carpet washer with me as the place reeks of dogs. After usage when the rooms smell good and when I visit again they lack that doggy smell though there is a certain dank odour in the rooms even when windows have been left open slightly to let air circulate. I also wash the walls with my excellent U.S E-Mop.

That is the reason for why I'd like to put down bicarb powder and cinnamon into the carpet. I have reed diffusers in some rooms which works a treat but the carpets, though plainly have been washed a couple of times to ensure all manner of dirt is now out of them needs another application of something that will keep them odour free when the property isn't being used.

Post# 239445 , Reply# 49   7/9/2013 at 06:26 (1,690 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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I have also used SEBO's DUO P powder in the past but I dont like to waste that, rather keeping it for its stain removal aspect.

Cinnamon does appear to work well though and it makes my SEBO Felix smell lovely though I remembered to change over the charcoal filter to the standard one before vacuuming up after laying it down for a good couple of days.

Post# 239447 , Reply# 50   7/9/2013 at 07:54 (1,690 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Sahke and vac, as a Kid I loved it now however I see at least 15 vacuums a week in with powder damage. It clogs up the pours in bags and filters so fast.
Agitator brush bearings don't like it either.

As far as dry powder cleaning goes, I find as a cleaning process its rather ineffective as it cannot get the deep down dirt out, That said I use it as a maintenance system.

I also find that it to causes vacuums to come in in droves, Mainly because people are to hasty to vacuum it up again and it clogs the airways when its still damp.

Post# 239510 , Reply# 51   7/9/2013 at 15:28 (1,690 days old) by parwaz786 ( )        

I used to use Shake and vac all the time with DC01's and DC03, mostly them, and had no problems with it, but it did get dusty and made the bins cloudy a little bit but not very noticeable coloudyness

Post# 239512 , Reply# 52   7/9/2013 at 15:48 (1,690 days old) by Ultimatevacman ( Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Yes Tayyab, these powders don't affect Dyson's much, thanks to their excellent cyclone system.

Post# 239519 , Reply# 53   7/9/2013 at 16:24 (1,690 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        
Sorry, no, Dysons can get messy when clogged with the stuff.

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Actually I ruined our DC01 with vacuuming up shake n vac - the motor just wasn't sealed enough when I took it apart to see how much travel the powder exerts. The side motor filters were leaking the powder when I pulled them out.

Post# 239525 , Reply# 54   7/9/2013 at 17:27 (1,690 days old) by kirby505 (Arizona)        

i just use backonsodi and a crap vacuum

Post# 239586 , Reply# 55   7/10/2013 at 06:42 (1,689 days old) by Ultimatevacman ( Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Oh dear! I didn't realize it was that bad!

Post# 239600 , Reply# 56   7/10/2013 at 10:43 (1,689 days old) by Blackheart (North Dakota)        
Even the cyclonics

cannot stand against these vile substances it got through the 3 levels of cyclones on my DC-17 and cut it's airflow dramatically

Post# 240168 , Reply# 57   7/15/2013 at 17:20 (1,684 days old) by DaveTranter (Central England, U.K.)        
Carpet powders- a fix for modern living

Evil machine-destroying stuff foisted upon a gullible public by clever marketing men, a 'quick-fix' patch for another problem with our modern lifestyle (here in the U.K. anyway), along with 'Febreeze', etc. The source of the problem is lack of ventilation in modern housing, coupled with Central Heating. Homes built prior to the 1950s had a chimney in each of the living rooms, and a constant 'flue draught' ensured that carpets remained dry and fresh (if a little dusty!!). Now, in the interests of 'energy efficiency' rooms have restricted ventilation, and the residents' breathing, cooking, and laundry moisture is trapped in the rooms, where it condenses onto the coolest surface (the floor). Net result carpets smell 'musty' because they are full of moulds living in the damp dirt trapped in the pile.
Solution:- Open all the doors and windows as soon as the weather is dry enough, leave until the carpets have dried, then either take them up and beat them, or vacuum them to within an inch of their lives. It's called a 'Spring-Clean', what a revolutionary, new-fangled idea... ;-)

Rant over :-)

Dave T

Post# 240207 , Reply# 58   7/16/2013 at 08:09 (1,683 days old) by ncovert (Grove City, PA)        

I hate any kind of powder you pour on your carpet. HATE THEM ALL. I used it once at my parent's demand, and after 6 months, the smell is STILL in my Sebo X4!

Post# 240208 , Reply# 59   7/16/2013 at 08:33 (1,683 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Yes, all very well when a spring clean "occurs every spring," or once a season. God help those who have pets though where clean up is daily, carpet washing may be once or twice a week.

Post# 241218 , Reply# 60   7/21/2013 at 13:12 (1,678 days old) by beko1987 (Stokenchurch, United Kingdom)        
well, I've been a naughty boy...

Front room stinks of sick even after shampooing the carpet so thé missus found this for 50p

Post# 241222 , Reply# 61   7/21/2013 at 13:36 (1,678 days old) by beko1987 (Stokenchurch, United Kingdom)        

All sprinkled on and waiting for a few mins

Post# 241224 , Reply# 62   7/21/2013 at 13:41 (1,678 days old) by beko1987 (Stokenchurch, United Kingdom)        

Used the total system, as it's still awaiting spa treatment. The bag compartment is already covered in white dust! Front room smells like a field too

Post# 241244 , Reply# 63   7/21/2013 at 15:14 (1,678 days old) by parwaz786 ( )        

I don't blame you Sam, I would do that too, I find the Lily of the valley and Citrus Blossom ones strong, but the Last Citrus Blossom was very strong, but it didn't last! :(

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