Cam Mitchell wrote:I had a Rainbow maybe 15 years ago. Cool idea, and no bags to replace.
But there were issues:
1. Some stuff didn't hit the water and "stick", so it wouldn't pick up everything. It would just come out the other side. This was not a *huge* issue, really. Pretty minor.
2. The water, when done cleaning is nasty. Gross looking (think sink hair clog X2) and smelly.
So never (never!) tip the vacuum over when full. You must clean it every time. Every. Time.
Don't ever let it sit for a day (or week-and-a-half) full and then clean it. It will get worse.
But of course, YMMV.
Personally, I like the bagless vacuums (just dump the container), but they are not "Buy It For Life."
Thekla McDaniels wrote:My experience with some stuff not "sticking" to the water: that only happens when I need to dump the tank.
I have a place outside the door where I always dump, then I can look for lost things there. If I don't dump it when it needs dumping, then some things can "blow" through. For me, this is too much dog hair, then things can't get into the water.
About the gross water, yes, but no grosser than when the same stuff was on the floor. And if you dump after using, and don't store the motor on to of the tank, no foul odors ever develop. I don't rinse the residual dirt out, I just let it dry on the bottom of the tank, but in a more humid climate, one might need to rinse it more thoroughly, but still if the tank not stored with the motor part on top, it stays odor free.
At my most lazy, I remove the motor part from the tank, and dump it later, but would not ever re-use the water in the tank for a second vacuuming session.
Thekla McDaniels wrote:sorry to hear that Cam. The information should have come to you with the machine. do you still have it?
John Wolfram wrote:I'm leery of anything sold mainly through an in home presentation (Cutco knives, kirby/rainbow vacuums, oils/kitchenware/cosmetics sold at parties, etc.). While the product may actually be good, the markup due to the salespeople tends to be huge.
My current vacuum is a Dyson that I picked up for free on trash day. Apparently the people did not realize that you have to clean the filters from time to time to get decent suction.
Judith Browning wrote:
For all of the floors that are smooth we use a handmade brooms by our friends and former neighbors http://www.grassycreekbrooms.com/
and for finer stuff I like a dust mop like in this picture...I even like the soft clicking sound it makes when in use.....
Judith's post excited me though. I have been looking in vain for some of the brooms she had in her picture. Clicked on the link and found a goldmine. They will be getting an order from me soon.