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Stinks! No matter how often I clean the filter, it still smells like stinky dog when vacuuming. How can this be resolved?

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  • daisyj71 Jun 29, 2008

    Well the animal is the model we have and it's bagless, and I've cleaned (without taking apart) the "tunnel" area. Maybe taking it apart may help. Thanks for your help! I appreciate it.

  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2009

    I have cleaned both canisters, but it takes forever for them to dry. I have even used a blowdryer to dry it. What is the deal with this vacume? It smells not too long after I clean it. IS there any other solution? It is suppose to be made for animal hair. I would have never bought this if this is what I have to incounter. I should have got another Kirby. How do you take the top bin apart> I have just cleaned and rinsed it with cleaner and water. I had Dog hair caught in the holes and tried to get the "String of dog hair" out. It was awful. Any suggestions please?
    Thank you-



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When mine starts to stink I clean the filter. I then take the plastic bin apart and soak both the top and bottom in a bleach water solution. Let it dry completely before using again (or you'll get a "mud" buildup).

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Cleaning and replacing the bag may help-it sounds like it may have gotten wet at one time.You couls also sprinkle baking soda lightly over your carpet and that may help absorb odours in the system. If the hose is detachable and any other pieces you can wash them with a vinegar solution.
Hope that helps. tc

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