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Post# 96970   4/24/2010 at 21:06 (3,636 days old) by kirbyduh (Louisville, Kentucky)        

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Today at an estate auction I won a Kirby Classic Omega! It came with all the tools and rug renovator. It still has some shine, looking to be polished about 15 years ago, the motor has been serviced, so it sounds great. It has the normal model plat, not kirby rebuilt. The only problem is : the attachment hose and rug renovator hose are sticky and extremely stiff. How could I help this? Thanks for any help in advance! Also: The serial number is 463581, When was it made?

Post# 96977 , Reply# 1   4/24/2010 at 23:47 (3,636 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

"Sticky Hose Syndrome" started with the hoses supplied with the Dual-50. Apparently Kirby's hose supplier changed the formulation of the hose at that time, because I've never seen a red 500-series hose with that problem nor the 562 or Sanitronic tan hoses. Only the tan D-50 hose, the green D-80 hose, the "milk chocolate" Classic and the "dark chocolate" ClassicΩ.

And I've never seen a red Classic III hose with this problem, so apparently the Kirby hoses were reformulated again.

I don't know what to tell you about how to remedy it. I've never found anything to remove the stickiness or reverse the stiffness.

Also, some ClassicΩ hoses also develop a coating of a white powdery substance that may be the same kind of mold that affects pink G.E. canister and the G.E. Roll-Easy attachments. The mold on the G.E. attachments can be eradicated by spraying the affected pieces with chlorine bleach then immediately rinsing it off. I've never had a ClassicΩ machine with attachments so I've never tried the bleach treatment on the hose, but I have seen a few of them over the years with that white coating.

Post# 96978 , Reply# 2   4/25/2010 at 00:05 (3,636 days old) by kirbyotronic ()        

My D80 and Tradition hoses have the same problem, probably because they were never used and kept in the box since new. You can try cleaning them with a damp cloth and a bit of grime remover or something.

Post# 96980 , Reply# 3   4/25/2010 at 01:09 (3,636 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Hmm... Interesting that the Tradition hose is showing the same problem. I've not seen that, nor with the Heritage or Legend hoses.

Post# 96985 , Reply# 4   4/25/2010 at 07:00 (3,636 days old) by kirbyduh (Louisville, Kentucky)        
I did....

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tediously clean that thick white substance out of every ribbed valley in the hose. I then slowly twisted it the opposite way from which it was stiffened, then put 2 heavy book ends on the edges to hold it together, and left it under the ceiling fan. Today I'm going to hand wash the bag. what formula should I use to wash it? Forgot to add: The machine came with attachment box, rug renovator box, and big box that the machine came in. All three are in perfect condition.

Post# 96986 , Reply# 5   4/25/2010 at 07:06 (3,636 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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All that Kirby goodness for $26!! The only estate sale I ever went to got me an old PaperMate ballpoint pen and a pair of tweezers! They had a killer Zenith television encased in fake wood carving and particleboard I had to ignore. No vacuums though.

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