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Post# 381036   11/10/2017 at 09:03 (197 days old) by eurekaexpress (Hazleton, PA)        

I have a dyson V6 absolute I love it and use it almost daily,I pick up alot of dog hair with it. Has a smell of stale dog hair that really stinks to the point I sometimes don't want to use it.I empty it after every use and I wash the filters twice a month.I tried some carpet fresh but does't help and gets empty in trash. Does someone have any idea what I should do.I called dyson they walked me through taking it all apart,still smells. The smell is in this thing that looks like a screen , dyson sad I should get a new screen but it's not covered under warranty and costs about $80.00.

Post# 381044 , Reply# 1   11/10/2017 at 09:22 (197 days old) by blackheart (North Dakota)        

I'd remove the cyclone assembly and wash it/soak it in ridz. I've used it to remove a pissy smell from a Kirby cloth bag with great results. Lemon drop, bamboo and mango tango are some of my favorite scents.

Post# 381093 , Reply# 2   11/10/2017 at 20:37 (197 days old) by vacuumdevil (Denver)        

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The Cyclone can be disassembled and scrubbed. This is quite the tedious task most people are not capable of doing it without breaking something. Replacing the cyclone is an option. I definitely recommend an enzyme-based cleaner like those used to treat animal stains. This will help eliminate odors in the filter

Post# 381605 , Reply# 3   11/20/2017 at 00:51 (188 days old) by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana, United States)        

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There was a guy here that said activated charcoal pellets for aquariums gets odors out of vacuums, just let the vacuum suck it up and hopefully pulverize it as it passes through the brushroll and suction duct.

Post# 381642 , Reply# 4   11/21/2017 at 01:03 (187 days old) by Tseg (World Traveller)        

Charcoal is good for bagged machines as the smells in the bag get absorbed by the charcoal but who knows where the smells in the Dyson are trapped? Many bagless vacs need emptied nearly every use, and if still smelling after emptying it sounds like the plastic bits have absorbed the smell.

Post# 381643 , Reply# 5   11/21/2017 at 06:53 (186 days old) by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        
ya that was me

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I don't think charcoal would work for bagless because it sits in the bag working...

Post# 381645 , Reply# 6   11/21/2017 at 08:03 (186 days old) by eurekaexpress (Hazleton, PA)        
Think maybe

the charcoal might work if I let it sit in bin after I empty it as it's charging?

Post# 381683 , Reply# 7   11/22/2017 at 01:40 (186 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

The Dyson may have to be disassembled and all of the parts washed!Esp the cyclone unit-at the vac shop here its amazing how icky those get!Esp if the vacuum was used in a dog household!Dog owners seem to mysteriously like Dysons or other bagless vacuums.The cyclones get caked with doghair and other ick.

Post# 381686 , Reply# 8   11/22/2017 at 04:03 (186 days old) by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana, United States)        

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@ tolivac

The stereotypes are indeed true. We like to see a tornado of dog dirt swirling around in a plastic cup at 100 miles an hour as we vacuum. :-P

But honestly I think it's because Dyson sells pet versions of their base model vacuums where the only thing changed is the color and the price tag, and people might go for the cheaper one when they see (to the undiscerning shopper) its the same vacuum.

I just got a little DC24 for $30 delivered off eBay untested, and I see it has a clog in the little joint tube where the changeover is from brushroll to hose, but when I had my face over the tube trying to figure out how it goes back on, I did smell a cat pee smell to the hose, not strong, but very faint, that's why I don't dare turn it on until I clean it.

Post# 381689 , Reply# 9   11/22/2017 at 06:29 (185 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Not me-and suppose you either.Would rather that muck go into a disposable bag where its out of sight,out of mind.When the bag is full or starts to smell like dog-you replace it with a new bag.Same with filters-amazing how much dog and other funk these trap and release as the vacuum runs.

Post# 381692 , Reply# 10   11/22/2017 at 09:25 (185 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
bagless vacuums

This is why I would avoid these bagless vacuums like the plague. If you must have a bagless vacuum, go for a Rainbow or Sirena, those are the best ones available. Otherwise, use a machine with a disposable bag, when the bag starts to smell, replace it, problem solved.

Post# 381695 , Reply# 11   11/22/2017 at 11:27 (185 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I have a friend with the Dyson Cennetic? the big ball, only exhaust filters and two huge indoor shepards. He said Sis , it smells, what can I do. I just pointed to the dogs and said find them another home or suck it up girl. PS both exhaust filters were plugged bad in a year. OPS

Post# 381702 , Reply# 12   11/22/2017 at 15:03 (185 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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In my opinion, the only bagless vacuum that I can ever stand using is a Vacuflo true cyclonic central vacuum system. No bags or filters that I would ever have to buy or replace, it would only need to be emptied once or twice a year (Depending on the usage), and it's vented outside where the dust and allergies are not blown back inside the house.

Post# 381753 , Reply# 13   11/25/2017 at 03:13 (183 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

What about when the time comes to EMPTY the several GALLONS of dirt and dust from the bagless central vacuum?BAGGED ones for me!!!Have had to deal with a bagless central vac and HATED it!

Post# 381758 , Reply# 14   11/25/2017 at 06:31 (182 days old) by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana, United States)        

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@ tolivac

Definitely. 2002 Kirby Ultimate G is the only vacuum I ever needed. Picked up a few vacuums in the last 6 or 7 years since though, I like playing with new "toys". haha I try and use a different vacuum every month.

Post# 381779 , Reply# 15   11/25/2017 at 14:26 (182 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        
Reply #13

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Vacuflo is not a mess to empty from my experience (Same goes with the one piece Vacumaid units). All I would do is to use a trash bag to wrap around the unit to clean off the dirt from the screen (Like removing lint from the dryer), I would then use the same trash bag to wrap around the dirt canister and empty it. I've done it so many times that I would barely get any dust on me or on my hands. It's much cleaner than maintaining the other bagless central vacuums from my experience.

Post# 381803 , Reply# 16   11/26/2017 at 03:01 (182 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

VacuFlo dump-you end up using a bag to contain the debris--why not have the vacuum cleaner put it in the bag for you?Just easier.Its good you can dump your machine without getting dirty.No thanks for me.Will stick with bagged machines.

Post# 381840 , Reply# 17   11/26/2017 at 20:04 (181 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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Like I said before, there's no bags or filters that I would ever have to buy and replace. That's one reason, it would help save me alot. Especially if I had animal fur or carpet fiber that I would just keep filling in the canister. Like you, I also personally prefer bagged vacuums myself as well but again, true cyclonic central vacuums are the only bagless vacuums that I can handle if I ever did went for a bagless.

Post# 381896 , Reply# 18   11/28/2017 at 13:33 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        
Please, PLEASE, never use carpet fresh!! Its NASTY!

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The first step is to remove the source of the odor, take the cyclone off, blow it out if you can, then fill a sink or other suitable container with hot tap water. I also recommend the enzyme cleaner, the rancid smell is from the oils in the dog's fur and dander decomposing (I know, its nasty). Just submerge the whole cyclone in the hot soapy water. I'd recommend something that cuts oil and grease well, remember we are washing out oils from the dog's skin. Let the thing soak for a bit, then shake it around, scrub what you can with a brush, then rinse thoroughly. I'd also recommend washing the bin and also taking the power head and removing the brush roll, and completely cleaning it. You can carefully wash out the brush roll area and the passage/hose that leads to the wand, but DO NOT submerge the whole head. Let all of this dry for a day and then put it together. You'll likely still have some smell, I personally use an ozone generator, letting the machine suck that through for a few minutes/until there is no smell left.

You have an uphill battle trying to keep the smell away, as it will return as soon as a you get all the powdery pet dander up in the cyclone and filter and it starts to go rancid, the one and only solution to this is washing the thing out regularly, trying to cover or get rid of the smell without addressing the cause will just add obnoxious perfumes to the already noxious odor, I've seen it MANY MANY times here at work with machines customers bring in after trying to cover the smell with various things, they eventually bring it in for a proper servicing.

Post# 381897 , Reply# 19   11/28/2017 at 14:18 by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

This is where the bagless vacuums fall short. Pet owners have to constantly clean the vacuum out and wash the filters/cyclones, etc. to keep pet odors at bay. What a hassle. I guess the mentality is that you will save on the costs of not having to buy disposable bags. But the hefty price tag of the Dysons and other bagless units far outweigh the cost of the disposable bags with other vacuums.

I got my Electrolux Epic 6500 cleaner for $20 or so and I bought a brand new bag of disposable C bags online for $10. I'm certain the Electrolux cleans every bit as good as a Dyson and I would have to buy a heck of a lot of belts/bags and brush rollers for the Electrolux to amount to the $400 Dyson. I might spend that $400 over 10-15 years (or longer) on maintaining the Electrolux, provided I take it in for service, etc., but I doubt the dyson would even be working by then.

Post# 381899 , Reply# 20   11/28/2017 at 15:41 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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Agreed, cyclones tend to collect a lot of dust in the various passages, if the dust is at all sticky (wet, oily, etc.) then it will really collect, dry dust not so much. Depending on the breed of dog, their dander can be dry, or oily, which is why not all dog owners experience he smell, and some may more than others. Our dogs have a dryer coat, so I don't get that nasty smell, but Tim's parents's dogs hair does leave quite a foul smell in the vacuum, and being a central vac, that means the garage is what reeks (they'll be eventually getting a Simplicity unit that I can vent outside). I definitely find that the bagless machines generally tend to smell worse than bagged vacuums (exceptions to this, of course) and the smell (and the odor causing dander) doesn't come out of them as easily.

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