*note: this post has been altered to take out any prices I might have originally mentioned for Kirby products.
You saw my tirade about the dog hair and the mopping. And my pitiful vacuum sweeper.
So God sent some unlikely angels to my door to help with the housecleaning.
This stranger came to my door and offered to come in and clean my carpet, free. He said he was with Kirby.
"Do I have to listen to a sales pitch?"
"Not if you don't want to," he answered.
"Come on in, and if you do a good job in the living room, I'll let you do my bedroom," I told him.
So, Jeremiah assembled the Kirby; as he did so, I explained to him that my husband wasn't even willing to pay $500 for a Dyson.
"Oh, you don't want a Dyson," he said. "They're junk."
There's just something beautiful about watching a man vacuum your rug, you know? Notice no sweeper bag is attached. Instead, he put these little filters on, so he could show me my dirt.
And now the whole world can see all my dirt! Remember, you were THERE!
Jeremiah asked if I was ashamed to see so much dirt come out of my carpet.
"Are you kidding? Tickles me to death to see it out of my carpet; look, I'm 20 feet from a gravel road and the windows are wide open because we don't have air conditioning. I have dust and dirt (and dog hair).
Then Jeremiah's buddy came in to check on him. I forget his name, but he told me he's a farm boy, so that's what we'll call him. And he agreed that Jeremiah's assessment of Dyson sweepers was correct: Junk.
A closeup of one of the filters. Looks like Sadie's been here.
Just for your information, here's what the box says.
Now I have to tell you, there was more done than just vacuuming. Jeremiah also put on an attachment that shampooed the rug, and quite honestly, he did an outstanding job... as good a job as the people we used to pay to come and do it.
There was a stain in the bedroom carpet where Sadie got sick and puked up pork bones a year ago; nothing would get it out. It's gone now.
Did I buy a Kirby? No. A new one costs too much for someone in my income bracket. The guys also offered to sell me their demonstrator, with a lifetime guarantee, for much less. As I told them, if I had that amount laying around, I might. Cliff and I aren't spring chickens, and we don't need any new payments.
Will I buy a Kirby? I could get a reconditioned one that's in my budget; I've had a reconditioned Kirby before, and was less than impressed. But hey, my rugs look great just now. Maybe I should give an old Kirby a fighting chance.