“Do you have any information about the Dyson Zorbster?” many people ask.
The Dyson DC04 Zorbster was made in grey and lavender. These were designed to double up as a carpet dry cleaning machine. They have an aperture on the front of the body that one can fit a hopper to that dispenses Zorb crystals onto your carpet that could later be vacuumed back up — together with the dirt apparently. They were never terribly popular as a carpet dry cleaning machine in our opinion; most people tended to use them as a regular vacuum. Technically, they are quite similar to a standard “all floors” Dyson except for a few technical differences that allow the operation of the carpet cleaning hopper.
When engineers recondition these machines today, they often times convert them to regular “all floors” machines, removing the carpet cleaning facility altogether. However, we had a couple of questions asking us to explain how the Dyson DC04 Zorbster worked as James Dyson intended them to be. So here goes……
Here is a Dyson DC04 Zorbster with the carpet cleaning hopper:
Observe the lever on the body of the machine. It is designed to be operated using your foot:
This allows you to fit the carpet dry cleaning powder dispensing hopper to the body of the machine:
To use it you grab yourself a bag of Dyson Zorb powder:
And you open the flap on the front of the dispenser and insert it where indicated:
The powder is dispensed onto the carpet by removing the cyclone unit; that makes the motor run at half speed. You let the machine distribute the powder all over your carpet using its built in automatic vibration facility. The Zorb grains are designed to keep new carpets looking new. Millions of tiny sponges absorb dirt from the carpet, which powerful Dyson suction then vacuums away. Ideal for wool and stain resistant carpets, with none of the drawbacks of wet cleaning and no sticky detergent residue.
Have you used Dyson Zorb powder? What do you think about it? Tell us using the comment box below.