Does this conversation sound a little familiar? Picture it, December 23, 2011.
Husband: “What do you want for Christmas, honey?”
Wife: “Nothing. Hmmph. I shouldn’t have to tell you what I want. You should just intuitively buy me the perfect gift.”
Husband: “Um, no, really.”
Wife: “Okay, since you asked again, I really want the new Dyson Ball Animal, the yellow one with the HEPA filter.”
Husband: “I’m NOT buying you an appliance for Christmas. ”
Wife: “But that’s what I want.”
Two Victoria’s Secret bags full of things with words on the booty, one strange perfume and an eternity necklace from the mall later….what she really wanted was a Dyson. You can actually substitute Dyson with whatever fantastic appliance of your choice: a Bosch dishwasher, a Miele vacuum, a carpet steamer, a Nespresso machine, the Clarisonic Mia face cleaner, the stainless steel sealed garbage can at Williams Sonoma–not that I’m keeping a list or anything.
My point is that a nice appliance is one of the best gifts you can give a gal. (Print this out and show to your husbands.)
There’s been a lot of vacuum talk lately around my friends. I don’t ever pretend to be a Consumer Reports expert, but I do own a Dyson and have had it for five years. You see, I have had the above conversation in the past. But I had it enough in advance that I bought the Dyson for myself for Christmas. Merry Christmas to me!!
The first time I used it, I vacuumed the entire house twice, emptying the canister after every room. I needed to personally apologize to every person that ever set foot in my filthy house prior to my Dyson usage. I have had the Cadillacs of other brands of vacuums, fixing them many times and eventually throwing them away. I wish I would have taken that money and just bought a Dyson from the beginning.
Here’s some Dyson pointers that I have learned over the last five years:
1. Use it on your hardwoods and I use it on the “carpet” setting on my hardwoods. When you sweep, you just move the dirt around. Vacuuming gets it up for good.
2. Learn how to use the hose for your attachments. With your attachments, you can dust, get under beds, do stairs. I admit, I vacuum my countertops sometimes when they are exceptionally gross.
3. Buy some extra attachments when you have mastered #2. I recommend the stair cleaner with a mini-roller and the mattress cleaner, which I really use just on my hardwoods, stairs and hard to reach places.
4. Empty canister regularly and rinse the canister out every so often. Do not gag whilst doing this.
5. If you have a blockage, you can FIX IT YOURSELF. So easy to take apart the machine to find it. This is the only appliance I have ever fixed myself. Ever.
6. My last piece of advice. And this pertains to all those fantastic appliances on your wish list. Buy it for yourself. Don’t even bother asking someone to give it to you. You deserve it. Your home deserves it.
And now for my next addition to my bathrooms..
The Dyson hand dryer!