It was a sad day last week when I realized that our Kirby was no longer performing at its full capacity. Like, it wasn't sucking at all (in a good way). It was blowing the stuff on the carpet out of the way and into places where it would be much harder to reach later on. So with a heavy heart I set about trying to discover the malfunction. Would this be the end of reliable vacuuming as we knew it?
I checked the bag. Yes, the bag was full to overflowing. It was so heavy I needed two hands to carry it out to the trash. Surely, the installation of a new bag would be an acceptable sacrifice to my faithful vacuum. But alas. The sucky non-suction continued.
Brett suggested I change the belt. Reasonable, since I'd never done it in the 8 years we owned the vacuum. No improvement.
When consulted, the internets suggested I check and clean the fill tube. I guess over time lots of tiny pieces of dust can congeal into a massive tube-clogging monster.
I removed the appropriate pieces of the machine and hesitantly gave it a little shake over the garbage can. Some dirt, a few chips of wood, and a penny fell out. Another shake yielded more of the same. Surely this can't be keeping my all-powerful Kirby from doing its job.
I tried to hook out some more goop with the end of a wire hanger without any luck. Then Brett suggested I run the entire length of wire through the tube for better results. Success! The hook snagged on a fluffball roughly the size of my dog and dragged it kicking and screaming into the light. A few more passes with the wire and I had enough dingy fluffballs to start my own petting zoo.
At last the tube was clear with the exception of one item still rattling mischievously around in there. I gave it a whack and this little guy landed on my carpet.
Yes, that is a Star Wars action figure. (And yes, that is the actual color of my bedroom carpet, but that's a post for another day.)
The point is that my Kirby is SO FREAKING AWESOME that it sucked up a whole action figure at some point in the last 8 years and I didn't even know it!
And of course, the combination of Star Wars and vacuums made me think of this straight away:
I'm pleased to report the actionfigurectomy was a wild success and the Kirby is back in business!