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I have a Roomba.
It works very well on my downstairs (which is all hard surface flooring and area rugs without fringe), and I don't use it much upstairs (on the carpet). It is a little bit maddening to watch but otherwise has worked very well for us. We had to cover up the sensor on the bottom that stops it from going off an edge (i.e. down a flight of stairs) because that sensor also stopped it from cleaning the black sections of our area rugs.

I use my Dyson for a biweekly thorough vacuuming and my Roomba every few days or so. I don't think I would have bought the Roomba if I had known we were going to get an Aussie a few months later. I spend a lot of time cleaning its brushes.
Jodi
"JodiSue" (Email Removed) said in
I use my Dyson for a biweekly thorough vacuuming and my Roomba every few days or so. I don't think ... we were going to get an Aussie a few months later. I spend a lot of time cleaning its brushes.

What with the dog daycare in my house, I like my $40 shop vac. Before I repatriated it from the garage, you wouldn't believe how many bags I went through with my not-so-bad upright.

The only carpet in my house is an 8'x10' area rug a 4" slicker brush does an awesome job in just a few minutes. I'd still like a Dyson, but do you know how many shop vacs and slicker brushes I could buy for the price of a Dyson Animal?

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Roomba? Scooba?

Roomba is a robot vacuum and Scooba is a robot floor scrubber.

With Roomba, you charge it up and let it go in your room (s), where it will automatically clean for you. Some of the more expensive Roombas allow you to program a pattern, some of them, sensing they are running out of power, will go back to their chargers and recharge, then go back to cleaning your floors...
My understanding is that while they don't do corners too well, if you have a hard surface floor and run the thing every day, it will do a pretty good job of keeping things clean, cutting down your sweeping/Swiffering time.
What with the dog daycare in my house, I like my $40 shop vac. Before I repatriated it from the ... do you know how many shop vacs and slicker brushes I could buy for the price of a Dyson Animal?

Yeah, but cleaning out a shop vac is gross by comparison. And for those of us trying to avoid much direct interaction with dog hair (heh), the Dyson rules.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
The SpotBot the best $125 you'll ever spend. Queenie ... minutes, no spot. No work, either. It is a revelation.

how does it do for the smell left by the soiling?

It works great! Bissell (who makes the SpotBot) makes a special Pet Stain/Odor removal formula for the machine.
You could probably use whatever cleaner you wanted in there, you have to watch that it isn't highly foaming, however. I thought I might use Nature's Miracle, but I have been happy with the Bissell product so have been sticking with that.
I have found (a) you don't need as much of it as they say (now there's a surprise) and (b) you almost never to use the "set-in stain" setting, which takes longer and uses more formula (this is true even if the stain is set-in.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the Pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico
And for those of us trying to avoid much direct interaction with dog hair (heh), the Dyson rules.

snort Yabbut, does it come with a rake and/or slicker attachment?

Shelly (Warning: see label for details)
http://www.cat-sidh.net (the Mother Ship)
http://esther.cat-sidh.net (Letters to Esther)
The SpotBot the best $125 you'll ever spend. Queenie ... minutes, no spot. No work, either. It is a revelation.

Does it only work automatically? Is it possible to use it to clean a whole rug? I need something to spot clean area rugs, but would like to be able to clean a whole rug with it.

It's automatic in the sense that you put it on the spot, press a button, and it cleans the spot. It doesn't move around on it's own, though, you have to move it to the next spot. The joke about it is "now I've got a dirty rug with a bunch of clean spots on it."
I was recently reading Consumer Reports and they recommend rather than buying a whole rug cleaner, renting the Rug Dr from the supermarket to clean entire rugs. I keep meaning to do this..

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the Pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico
I was recently reading Consumer Reports and they recommend rather than buying a whole rug cleaner, renting the Rug Dr from the supermarket to clean entire rugs. I keep meaning to do this..

I have a Hoover steam cleaner that's never done a
particularly good job. Over time it became so clogged with dog hair that it's now unusable (it's really difficult to get into the suction path to clean it). My mother is visiting and took it upon herself to rent one of those supermarket cleaners, and wow, what a difference! *So* much better than the consumer market carpet cleaners.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

Bad policies lead to bad results.
Roomba? Scooba?

Roomba is a robot vacuum and Scooba is a robot floor scrubber. With Roomba, you charge it up and let ... the thing every day, it will do a pretty good job of keeping things clean, cutting down your sweeping/Swiffering time.

Ah. Is there such a thing as a non-robotic carpet cleaner?

Mustang Sally
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