1. Boss Batteries Back From The Dead

    Since February of 2013 batteries for the Electrolux Boss Z570A and Z570B have been out of stock at Electrolux. The reason was that the comany that produced the batteries in China actually closed down. Initially it was thought this could be resolved in a month or so. This then slipped to 2 months and then all the way to September and potentially not at all.

    This was a real shame as the Electrolux Boss was in my opinion the best mini vacuum ever made. I even personally purchased one and used it until my kids eventually sent it to it's grave (though no one specifically knew how it came to be so badly broken).

    Anyway... I am here to announce....*Drum Roll*

    The Return Of The Boss... battery

    Bruce Springsteen 

    <---Not this kind of Boss




    The Boss Battery



    <-- This is what I'm talkin about




    I have just been told that in the very early part of August 2013 we will again have this top selling battery back in our warehouse. So for all you lucky folks out there with an Electrolux Boss Z570A or Z570B (specifically those with a dead battery) your wait is over. You now have the ability to raise your vacuum from the dead. Simply buy purchasing a New Electrolux Boss Battery for a measly $64.95.

    Hoorah VacuumSpot !!    Hoorah Electrolux !!  

    <insert confetti and marching band here>


    Electrolux Boss Z570B


    <---Feast your eyes on this bad boy


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  2. Nilfisk Combat Ultra Vacuum Maintenance


    Basically this machine has 3 consumable filters, 2 in the front and one at the back. There is also a permanent plastic cone filter which will only need replacing if lost.


    Combat Ultra Cone Filter




    The plastic filter cone is located in the clear bin assembly and should be checked every time you empty the dust from your vacuum. It is simply a matter of removing the cone by twisting (like a standard light bulb) and brushing it clean. If it is particularly dirty it is fine to wash but must be absolutely bone dry before putting back in the vacuum. The purpose of this cone is to prevent big bits of dirt from getting to the 2 pre motor filters so they don’t wear out prematurely.


    Combat Ultra Filter Cone 


    Both pre motor filters are found at the back of the dust bin assembly and should be checked every month. The thinner foam type filter should be washed regularly and left to dry completely before replacing. The thicker HEPA filter will last the best if you tap it out regularly (each month). This filter is also washable as in it won’t disintegrate if washed but in my experience washing is not as good at getting the dust out as tapping it is. Even though both of these filters can be cleaned I have found that after 3-6 months they no longer return to their best condition and require replacement. Even though these filters will cost a little to replace I would encourage you to do this regularly as it will lengthen the life of the vacuum and reduce repairs as well. So in the long run replacing the filters will work out cheaper than getting a little extra life out of the filter.

    Nilfisk Combat Dust Bin Assembly

    Nilfisk Combat Ultra Pre Motor FilterNilfisk Combat Ultra Hepa Filter

    As a side note if your filter has a split, tear or other physical defect it will need to be replaced even if it is not yet 3 months old. The split will let dust through to the motor and will cause more damage than you might imagine.

    Nilfisk Combat Ultra Exhaust Filter

    The last filter is a thin exhaust filter which is essentially a bit of felt in a plastic frame at the back of the vacuum. This really is the least important in terms of performance and also the vacuums life. It’s main job is to make the exhaust air clean and honestly if the front filters are maintained this will have little work to do so should only need changing every 6-12 months. It is worth noting that this filter is not washable, once it starts to wear or get too grey or black it just needs to be thrown out and replaced.



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  3. Broken Floorhead ? No worries !

    It’s a great day. The sun is shining, the birds are tweeting, the bees are buzzing, that annoying dog next door is barking and you’re super primed to do some serious vacuum cleaning ! Right ? Wrong.  Before you know it, dark thunderous clouds roll in, the birds stop tweeting, the bees stop buzzing and that annoying dog next door just left a smelly deposit on your front lawn. Oh, and you’ve also noticed that a yet to be indentified perpetrator has broken the floor head of your much loved vacuum cleaner.



    It’s beginning to look a lot like a bad day, a very bad day indeed.

    Or does it have to be !?

    You might not be able to do much about the serial dog pooper next door, but you certainly can do something about your vacuum cleaners floor head.

    The first general rule of thumb with vacuum cleaner floor heads is that one is rarely able to replace broken parts on a floor head. There are of course exceptions to the rule (i.e. power head parts are usually available), but in general you will find this to be the case for most vacuum cleaner floorheads. For example, it is unlikely that you will be able to replace a broken neck or a broken switch on a standard combination floor head. This is just one of those things in life that we all must learn to accept if we are to move on.

    The second rule of thumb with vacuum cleaner floor heads is that they come in different sizes, types and grades of quality. The size usually refers to the size of the floorhead neck (i.e. 32mm or 35mm neck) and the type usually refers to the function of the floor head (i.e. hard floor head with a fixed brush, or a combination floor head with a retractable brush). The quality of a floorhead usually indicates whether a floorhead will last for years or months. Quality will typically vary depending on the price of the floorhead, but not always.

    The neck size of a vacuum cleaners floorhead can be easily determined by simply measuring the inner diameter of the neck hole in which the rod is placed. If you do not have your old floorhead then you can measure the diameter of the rod, the side in which it goes into the floorhead. The standard size of most domestic vacuums will generally be either 32mm or 35mm in diameter. Some commercials vacuums will have 36mm sized necks (or larger), and the more unique vacuums of the vacuum world will have varying sized necks. It takes all sorts to make the world the wonderful place it is !


    There are many different types of vacuum cleaner floor head. The most common type of floorhead is the standard combination floorhead (with adjustable brush) that is ideal for carpets and hard floors, and the brushless floorhead which is ideal for carpeted floors. An other type of floorhead which has become very popular in recent years is the turbo head. The turbohead has a fast rotating brush which is ideal for removing pet hair and dirt from carpets, rugs and fabric furniture. Who thought vacuum cleaners could be this exciting ?!

    Below is an example of the three most common types of floorhead.

    Click on the image if you would like more information.


    32mm Combination Floorhead32mm Standard Combination Floorhead


    Carpet Floorhead with Wheels    32mm Brushless Floorhead with Wheels


      32mm turbohead32mm Deluxe Turbo Head with Wheels


    Vacuum cleaner floorheads come in varying grades of quality. It can generally be expected that the floorheads produced by established companies like Electrolux or Miele will be of superior quality. An example of such quality is the Miele Classic Combination Floorhead which is designed by Miele to suit a range of their vacuum cleaners. Alternatively, if one wanted superior quality AND excellent value for money then generic floor heads made by Wesselwerk are an equally good choice if your vacuum cleaner has a standard 32mm or 35mm neck. The Deluxe German 32mm Combination Floorhead is a classic example of the rock-solid quality of floorheads manufactured by Wesselwerk.

    So you see, it's not the end of the world if your floorhead manages to mysteriously disappear or fall apart on you. You don’t need to throw your vacuum cleaner away in despair. All you need to do is head over to VacuumSpot and start browsing our comprehensive range of floorheads.

    You can go straight to our floorhead section by clicking the following link –

    Vacuum Cleaner Floorheads


    Oh, and wouldn't you know ! Those dark clouds have passed and the sun is shining again, the birds are tweeting, the bees are buzzing and that serial dog pooper next door has "mysteriously" disappeared. It has turned out to be a great day after all…


    This post has been brought to you by your friendly neighbourhood Vacuum Knight,

    Sir Vacalot

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  4. Paper vs. Synthetic Vacuum Bags, who will be the victor !?

    Remember the polyester leisure suit ?



    Ohhh yeah, you remember. For those of you who were unfortunate enough to miss the manly allure of the polyester leisure suit then all that needs to be known about these beauties was that they were the garb of kings back in the 1970’s.

    Polyester, disco balls and huge shoes made of cork were the height of fashion and technology in those days.

    But what does this have to do with vacuum cleaner bags ?! Well, a great deal my ever inquisitive reader.

    The polyester suit of the 1970’s is a cautionary tale of quality vs affordability.

    The polyester of the 1970’s was cheap to produce and easy to manufacture. Polyester was an affordable fabric to the fashion conscience consumers of the 1970’s, and it even came with all the benefits of wearing what was –for all intents and purposes – plastic. It came in numerous patterns, it was easy to wash, stain resistant and relatively wrinkle free !

    However, as the 1970’s endured, people began to realize that polyester was not all it was cracked up to be.

    Polyester had some serious drawbacks. Those leisure suit wearing disco kings of the 1970’s suffered from excessive sweatiness, chaffing and general plastic-induced discomfort. It turned out that fabrics made of plastic failed in the breathability and comfort department. It  also wasn’t the most safest of materials when exposed to a heat source.




    So what does this have to do with vacuum bags I hear you say, yet again ?

    Paper vacuum cleaner bags have been used since at least the 1950’s. Their success came from being relatively cheap to produce and easy to manufacture. They have been a successful medium for storing dust and dirt in vacuum cleaners for many years. The good ol’ paper vacuum cleaner bag has endured, despite being an old technology. But like their polyester counterpart, they also came with a host of design issues which were unique to the material being used.

    Paper vacuum cleaner bags struggle to keep most of the dust in the bag. They have a tendency to “leak” dust through the paper walls of the bag. This is because the filtration ability of the paper bag is limited by the porous nature of the paper material. What this means for users is a dusty and dirty vacuum cleaner. This may also mean that you will have to change your filters more often, and may also in the long run place added strain on your vacuum cleaner motor. This is certainly not a good thing, and may result in a reduced lifespan for your vacuum cleaner. For those with allergies or asthma, it may also mean coughs and sneezes.




    Paper vacuum cleaner bags also suffer from a general susceptibility to tearing and damage. This becomes particular apparent to those who would use their vacuum cleaner to clean the patio, backyard or car. Small bits of material like rock and wood can be sucked up at incredible speeds resulting in a breakage of the paper bag. Stones and such can literally shoot through the back of the paper bag resulting in a dirty vacuum and the need to prematurely replace paper bags.

    So how does one avoid this problem ?

    Well, purchasing better quality paper bags will mitigate some of the inherent problems of paper bags. Buying poor quality bags will only make matters worse.

    You can browse our large range of quality vacuum cleaner paper bags here –

    Vacuum Cleaner Bags

    Alternatively, if you’re prepared to spend a couple of extra dollars to potentially save some dollars in the long run, then synthetic bags are a great alternative.

    Synthetic vacuum cleaner bags are a relatively recent addition to the vacuum cleaner market. They are made from a host of synthetic materials and are specifically designed to maximize vacuum airflow whilst at the same time limit the amount of dust that can be “leaked” through the vacuum bag and into the vacuum. Synthetic vacuum bags will significantly reduce the amount of dust leakage in your vacuum and in turn reduce the frequency in which you need to replace your filters. The reduction in dust leakage will also result in a healthier vacuum motor and a healthier you !




    In stark contrast to traditional paper bags, synthetic vacuum cleaner bags are very resistant to tearing and damage. Small rocks and other solid material are much less likely to rip through the walls of the bag. Unfortunately, you will still need to avoid sucking up razor blades and hot coals. 

    So the men and woman of the 70’s moved on from the polyester materials of old and started wearing materials that were designed for practicality, comfort and breathability.

    Why not consider moving on from the bags of old ? For a few extra dollars more you will have a healthier vacuum and much less dust for you to cough about.

    See if you can find a synthetic alternative to the paper vacuum cleaner bag your are using now ? It's worth a try.

    Head over to VacuumSpot and get busy browsing –VacuumSpot


    Meanwhile, should you need any assistance, we at VacuumSpot are more then happy to serve you in our safari suits.

    They were so much more awesome then the  leisure suit anyway.




    This post has been brought to you by your friendly neighbourhood Vacuum Knight,


    Sir Vacalot

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  5. I can't find my Vacuum Cleaner Filter !? Help !

    Having difficulties finding filters for your vacuum cleaner ?

    No luck when it comes to getting answers from vacuum companies ?

    Google is failing you in your quest for the perfect vacuum filter ?

    Well, believe it or not, you’re not the only one who has been thrown head-long  into this unfortunate predicament.

    There are millions of vacuum filter starved people out there. All pulling their hair after failed attempts at trying to procure just one filter for their beloved vacuum cleaner.


    Dog pull hair


    It’s sad news for the world of vacuums, but there are solutions to this problem.

    What are we to do about it ?

    The brutal truth is that there are countless vacuum cleaners out there whose filters are next to impossible to obtain. The availability of a vacuums filters is usually (but not always) directly related to the price of the vacuum cleaner. Cheaper generic vacuums are far less likely to have filter support when compared to a mid-range Electrolux vacuum cleaner.

    Some vacuum cleaners are simply sold “as is” without the possibility of buying filters – or even bags !

    But never fear! There are still possible solutions for those of us who are still struggling to find filters for our vacuum cleaner.


    The first – and somewhat tedious - solution might be to sort through all the filter images listed on a vacuum cleaner website and then purchase a filter that most resembles the filter you need to replace for your vacuum cleaner.

    For example, VacuumSpot  has a huge vacuum filter range with corresponding pictures for most of them too. 

    Click on the following link to take you there – Vacuum Cleaner Filters

    You will come across countless filters like the Generic Washable HEPA filter which might even suit  your  vacuum cleaner.


    The second – and easiest - solution that we at VacuumSpot suggest is to consider the Universal Vacuum Cleaner Filter package.

    The Universal Vacuum Cleaner Filter package consists of 2 large (135mm x 165mm) filter sheets that can be cut to size. Simply grab a marker and trace your old filter onto the Universal Vacuum Filter sheet, cut it out  and whamo ! You have a filter that you can place into your vacuum. 


    Universal Vacuum Cleaner Filter


    Find it here - Universal Vacuum Cleaner Filter


    The result may not look pretty -depending on your tracing and cutting skills - but it will do the job when it comes to filtering out pre-motor dust and exhaust dust. Your vacuum will love you for it.


    The third solution afforded to you is to contact us at VacuumSpot with any questions you might have pertaining to your Vacuum Cleaner. We at VacuumSpot have experienced staff that are more than happy to assist you in your quest to find just the right vacuum filter for your vacuum cleaner.

    You can find our contact details here -  VacuumSpot Contact Details

    So why not call (or email) us today ?

    We’re waiting for you…


    Phone people


    This post has been brought to you by your friendly neighbourhood Vacuum Knight,

    Sir Vacalot

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  6. Farewell Dyson DC02 HEPA Filters. Parting is such sweet sorrow.

    It is a sad day indeed when a company stops supporting a once successful product.

    Unfortunately, in the case of vacuum industry juggernaut - Dyson Ltd - that day has come to pass.

    We at VacuumSpot were recently informed by a Dyson representative that the exhaust HEPA filter for the Dyson DC02 vacuum cleaner has been discontinued. It appears that Dyson are winding down support for some of their older products, in this case the Dyson DC02 vacuum cleaner.

    Not happy Mr Dyson. Not Happy.



    We at VacuumSpot, never wanting to be the sole bearer of bad news, hope to turn this bad news into good news. Never fear fellow Dyson DC02 vacuum owners, we at VacuumSpot specialise in making rainbows out of bad weather.

    Rather than deciding to throw your DC02 vacuum away in disgust, or use it in a mildly amusing game of hammer-throw, we suggest an alternative.

    Take a moment of pause, take a deep breath, and relax.

    You CAN continue using your Dyson DC02 vacuum cleaner, and you don’t even need to continue purchasing genuine Dyson HEPA filters to do so. Your Dyson DC02 will work just fine without them.

    True. Those days of 99.99% filtration have gone, we need to accept this and move on if we are  to continue using our Dyson DC02 vacuum cleaner. Right ?

    But what about the dust, I hear you say ?!

    Well, most of the exhaust dust can be filtered out by using a standard generic Dyson filter. That’s right ! You can use a standard generic Dyson filter in place of the now discontinued genuine HEPA filter.

    If you don’t believe me then follow this link –

     Dyson DC02 Filter Pack

    Purchase two of those affordable filters and you will be able to use one as your pre-motor filter and one as your exhaust filter (where the HEPA filter used to go).

    Don’t let the generic title fool you, these filters are of fine quality and excellent value.

    Who said you couldn’t turn bad news into good news !? Not me, that’s for sure.


    This post was brought to you by your friendly neighborhood vacuum Knight,

    Sir Vacalot

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  7. The Electrolux Ergo Rapido - Basic maintenance to avoid loss of suction

    To make this super easy i have posted a video up on youtube so you don't have to read through tons of my text. 



    Just remember the filter needs to be cleaned every 3 or 4 uses and replaced every 3 -6 months depending on usage. 

    If you haven't cleaned or replaced your filter in a while then i will give you the proper part numbers, you can search for these part numbers on the website or follow the links.


    For early Ergo rapido vacuums ZB270 series filter kit (inc ZB271) part number 4071397279 

    looks like this Electrolux Ergo Rapido ZB271RF Vacuum Cleaner Inner & Outer Filter Kit (4071397279)

    All the more recent ergo rapido series ZB2810 and ZB2901 use Ergo rapido filter kit part number ERGOkit


    looks like this  ergo rapido filter


    So if you have any further questions or comments please don't hesitate to ask them via the blog comments. We are actively following this for ways to improve our site or help out the the people who use it.


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  8. Nilfisk Aero vacuum cleaner - What makes it special?

    So I special ordered a set of aero vacuum cleaner bags for a customer today and had no idea of what the vacuum was. This is especially odd for me given all day I am quite literally talking to customers about vacuum stuff – I bet you are all jealous as anything right now.

    Anyway after a quick Google search I have found my new vacuum bags are for the Nilfisk Aero vacuum (part number 302002404). Because I like to know everything possible about the world of vacuums I read up on the Aero range and I have to say I am quite impressed.

    As it turns out the Aero is a seemingly ordinary looking machine for a small commercial or as my friend Shaun Micallef would say “common or garden variety”. However there is a difference that is very uncommon in vacuums as far as I am aware. This machine is able to suck up damp dirt and debris with the bag actually in the machine. Apparently the new vacuum bag is a special fabric which will retain the really messy stuff in the bag so it won’t ruin the other filters or in fact the motor.

    Consumer vacs - Nilfisk Aero 20 and 25

    I think this would make it an ideal machine for renovators or for use in pubs where there is frequently moisture around. Having worked on Nilfisk for years I can assure you the quality is A1 in all their commercial machines. If you are in need of a wet and dry type vacuum I would definitely check this one out.

    By the way if you have any queries on machines or vacuum cleaner spares don’t hesitate to shoot me a message I am always happy to help. 


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  9. How to look after your Dyson DC05 filters

    Ok, so the Dyson DC05 is starting to get a bit long in the tooth now and chances are, if you are like most of my customers, you may not have looked after your filters as well as you should have. Now I am going to be pretty bold and say that most Dyson users were never properly told how to look after their machine.

    I think it is partly the salesperson who is to blame, and partly the user. Really at that point where the sale is made the salesperson doesn’t want to worry the customer by suggesting the machine might need to be looked after. The customer has also just paid a heap of money for a brand new Dyson Vacuum Cleaner and, of course, they are thinking that this is the best vacuum ever.  Their mind is far from engaged in planning a vacuum maintenance schedule just so that they remember to clean the filters regularly.

    I don’t know if this advice is in the manual that comes with the vacuum, I assume it is but who reads those…?  Anyway here’s the thing: you are actually supposed to look after your filters from time to time.
    Alrighty then … So if you have got this far I think I am safe to assume that you have a burning desire to know how to look after your filters (… heck I wouldn’t read paragraphs of my ramblings to not get the answer!!).  Each Dyson has 2 filters per machine: 1 washable premotor filter plus 1 post motor filter. The post motor filter will either be a pad of filter material (standard model) or a thick HEPA filter (for better filtration).

    I will start with the easy one: the post motor filter. Whether it’s a standard filter pad or a HEPA filter, there is not much you can do except check it from time to time and maybe give it a vacuum with your shed vacuum. If the underside of the filter is dark grey or black you need to take action!  Toss that disgusting old filter in the bin and buy a new one.  Be vigilant vacuum owner... Take a look at this filter every 3 months or so; if there is any change other than a slight darkening in colour it tells you that something is up with your vacuum.

    The washable filter splits into two sections.  The first and easiest to clean part of the filter is the purple or blue spongey bit. Taking care of the filter is super easy:  Just rinse it out in ordinary water like a dishcloth, until it runs clear.  Looking after the other part of the filter is slightly more involved, but if you are still reading, then I know you can do it! Rinse this second part in the sink too, but this time, you might also want to give it a gentle scrub with a toothbrush or similar. Both need to be left to dry out until there is no moisture whatsoever left in the filter… I mean it has to be bone dry. Vacuum motors are very sensitive to water and will almost certainly burn out if you insert a filter that is even slightly moist.

    Now I will make an important note here: the more often you wash the spongey filter the less dirty the other half of that filter will get. If you were the perfect vacuum owner you would clean both halves of the washable filter every month. The non spongey part will never look really clean like it did when it was new, but if you hold it up to the light you should be able to see light through it. If you can’t see light after you wash it you need to throw that thing away and invest in a new filter.

    To make a bit of a long story short, it is very important to take care of your Dyson DC05 filters. Simply cleaning both parts of the washable filter once a month will keep your vacuum at top suction for much longer. The other one just needs you to check in once in a while and let it know you care, a few times a year is fine. If you have queries about your Dyson DC05 and this doesn’t answer your question, please feel free to respond to this blog and I will try and help you out. Actually even if this blog did answer your question please take a brief moment to leave a comment. .. I beg of you… talk to me vacuum cleaner public! 


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  10. How to look after an Electrolux Ergo Rapido

    This great machine seems to be about the most popular stick vac on the market at the moment, so I thought I might take a moment to let you know how to look after it.

    Basically, for the new user the Electrolux Ergo Rapido is a pretty simple concept.  It’s a stick vacuum cleaner with a removable dust buster in the middle. A spot of genius I must say!  It seems to me that because the machine is only really intended for a quick spot clean, and the average user only pulls it out for a few minutes every now and then, most people think this vacuum shouldn’t need any maintenance. In fact, this is far from true.  This machine only has a tiny little motor, so a small amount of usage or a small blockage in the filters really is enough to put it under strain. Therefore my good vacuuming  folk, to be a good Ergo Rapido owner you need to perform a small amount of basic maintenance fairly often.  From what I have seen of this machine there are 3 things that can go wrong, but the user can perform some simple maintenance to reduce problems in all three areas. 

    1. Clean the Vacuum Filter

    Firstly, the filters in the centre of the dust buster part need to be removed and cleaned every second or third empty. Nothing major here ... just grab a dusting brush and give the both the inner and outer filters a quick brush. Even better, if you feel motivated to earn Ergo Rapido brownie points, then use another vacuum to clean these filters thoroughly.  Personally, I would replace them every six months or so too. All filters age by becoming thinner or more prone to blocking over time.  These filters are super cheap so just toss them at the first sign of real wear and pop in spunky new ones.

    2. Clean the Brush Roller

    Secondly, the brush roller at the bottom needs to be kept free of junk being wound around itself.  The brush is quite skinny so hair, cotton etc gets wrapped around that brush really easily. This stops the brush from picking up properly and increases the strain on the little brush motor. Grab scissors or a stanley knife and cut any junk off that brush roller. Again, these little roller brushes are really cheap, so if it starts to look a bit dishevelled throw it away and replace it with a new one.

    3. Maintain the Battery's Memory

    Lastly, you need to take care of the battery in your Ergo Rapido.  You can't replace the battery in the dustbuster at present ... well not with a factory original anyway, but that is a whole other blog entry... So, if you have battery problems you have to replace the whole dust buster complete. These are not cheap, so the battery you have now is definitely worth looking after.  And besides, it is not that difficult ... You just need to guard against battery memory. Now, before you comment and say it’s a state of the art NIMH battery and they aren’t supposed to get memory -  to which of course I will have to deliver an entire speech about the Titanic (see where this is going?) - before we get lost on that tangent, I will say that battery fade is a reality that you need to guard against.  All you have to do is periodically let the machine run until it is dead flat and then charge it all the way up; once a month is probably all you need to do.  The little man in the machine just needs to know that even though you normally only ask him to work for two or three minutes at a time you reserve the right to make him work for a full ten minutes if you want. This way you stop him from getting lazy and setting his own terms.

    So in summary, I reckon the average user could look after their Ergo Rapido in less than five minutes per month if you follow these simple steps. Honestly, I think this is one of the best spot cleaners out there so good on you for making the purchase, and good on you in advance for looking after it.

    Now just to make the whole process super easy I have made a quick video to show you how to put this advice to action. The link at the bottom of this post should take you to youtube where you can watch me in all my HD glory.  

    Before I sign off I will say that if you have any queries or comments please use the reply function to contact me. I do love a bit of feedback. In the event that you don't like typing I could suggest flowers, I like them and if my wife thinks I bought them for her, then awesome!


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