5 Things You Never Knew a Kirby Vacuum Can Do

May 25, 2023

5 Things You Never Knew a Kirby Vacuum Can Do

5 Things You Never Knew a Kirby Vacuum Can Do


The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a vacuum is the dust and dirt suction.

What if I told you that there’s more to the story? 

The powerful Kirby Vacuum Cleaner has multi-functional tools, many add-ons and accessories, and industrial-grade suction prowess. It is designed to improve your life.

The Kirby is rated #1 by the Consumer Reports as the worlds most dependable vacuum, and for a good reason.  They are one of the last vacuums made in the USA and here at GreatVacs we see 40 year od Kirby vacuums running perfect all of the time!  Plus you can shampoo carpets, polish hard floors, inflate, scrub your grout & tile, and so much more!

Here are five things you didn't know you could do with your Kirby. Let’s get right into it!

5 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With A Kirby Vacuum

1. Blowing/Inflating

Starting with two super fun and often understated uses of a vacuum: 

Blowing and inflating. 

Kirby vacuum offers a wide assortment of accessories to work with, including the Kirby tool hose and the Kirby tool hose end.

The 7-foot regular hose works with all popular models, such as Kirby Avalir 2, Kirby Avalir, Kirby Sentria II, etc. It is flexible, durable, and can be put to many uses. 

For blowing, I just remove the cloth bag and attach the hose to the exhaust side of the vacuum, and that’s it. 

I have my very own vacuum machine-turned-leaf blower ready to work. 

Kirby Vacuum Hose

I use my Kirby vacuum to blow out jammed air pipes, the engine bay of my vehicle, and foliage from my car. 

I use the same tool to inflate pools and mattresses. True story follow along :)

A year ago, I found myself in a jiffy when a bunch of my closest friends knocked on my door in the middle of the night.

I’m always up for entertaining some company, but…

I couldn’t figure out their sleeping arrangement! 

I went down the stairs to my basement and found a deflated air mattress. But I had no idea how I could make it usable. 

A quick Google search led me to discover that my reliable Kirby vacuum hose accessory can also inflate a mattress! 

I quickly assembled the machine, and within seconds, I could provide a comfortable night of sleep to my friends in my humble abode.  

Inflating isn’t much effort too. And if you’d like to make things easier for yourself, just invest in the Kirby Inflator Tool and get the job done instantly. 

The Kibry Inflator Tool is a worthy investment. With summers right around the corner, you can use your Kirby to inflate pools, mattresses, and anything else of the sort. 

Get it here. 

2. Hard Floor Polishing

When it comes to the upkeep of your hard floors, vacuuming isn’t enough. A hard floor polish protects your floors from damage and wear and tear caused by usage.

Kirby’s specially designed Miracle Shine Kit comes with a Miracle Shine High Gloss Floor Finish Solution, a Hard floor Hardwood Brush Roll, and a belt. 

The Miracle Hardwood floor polisher brush roll installs right into the Kirby shampooer head. 

My care routine for hard floors includes a thorough vacuum and a hard floor polish once a year. 

This is how I protect my floors and increase their life. 

Kirby’s hardwood polish is a godsend for families like mine and Tyler's. 

3. Shampooing 

Another great use of your Kirby vacuum is shampooing the carpets.

While vacuum cleaning takes care of 95% of the dust, your carpet needs deep cleaning occasionally to tackle the stains and accumulating odor.

Bi-yearly shampooing removes mites, stains, cookie crumbs, and debris soaked into the carpet fibers.

Instead of scourging through various sets of brushes and shampoo kits, I use the Kirby Multi-Surface Shampoo System

The Multi-Shampoo System consists:

Kirby shampoo works a thick foam onto the carpet and scrubs out the caked dirt. 

The thick and now dirty foam is collected in the system tray, lifted off by its Multi-Surface shampoo tray. You can rinse off the collected liquid in the sink. 

Shampooing is a fan-favorite usage of the vacuum, at least as per this fantastic review. 

Here’s how I shampoo my carpet with Kirby’s Shampoo Cleaning Kit


I Grab some water, crack open the storage cap, and measure the amount of solution through the cap.

  • The first line is for smaller spaces, and you need one cap full of solution. 
  • The second is for medium spaces, and you need two caps full of solution. 
  • The third is for large spaces, and you need three caps full of solution. 

Then I customize my Kirby to adjust the targeted area. That’s it. 

Shampooing is one of the best ways to make the most out of your Kirby Vacuum. But it can be a hassle every time - because you must gauge the drying time and alert your family accordingly. 

This is why Kirby's Dry Foam shampooing is a singularly unique and satisfying experience. 

Kirby’s special liquid crystallises as soon as the foam is ejected. This leaves very little moisture — allowing your carpet to dry within 2 hours. 

Want to know my favorite part about using the Kirby shampooer?  So you know when you call the professional shampooing companies to come shampoo your house?  Or when you go to the store and rent a Rug Doctor?   You get your home shampooed and it takes 2 days for your carpet to dry but everything looks and feels so clean?   Yep...then it happens.   Your same exact stains start to come back.   Within 6 months it looks like they never came and your OLD stains came right back.   Ever wonder why that happens?   Unlike other shampooers what I like about the Kirby is it does not use an oil based shampoo solution and when I use a Kirby shampooer to shampoo my house I notice those old stains NEVER come back :)  Plus the fact that it only takes about 2 hours for my carpet to dry is really nice!    Also think about the money you will save by owning your own deep cleaning vacuum and shampooer :)

To see our Kirby vacuums with Kirby Carpet Shampooing system just CLICK HERE.  

4. Pet Hair Cleaning   

Do you just clean your pet's hair from the suction nozzle of your Kirby and then toss your sheets, cushions, and bedsheets into the washing machine for a spin?  

Yikes! It's time to reconsider this.  

As per Animal HQ, pet hair is the leading cause of clogs in washers.

Before tossing them into the washer, you must remove pet hair from quilts, bedding, and your sofa. 

You can use Kirby’s vacuum cleaner to remove all the pet shedding from the surface. Here are the best tools for it:

  • Brush Roll

Kirby Home Cleaning System has a fantastic range of brush rolls for this purpose. 

The highly effective and precision-engineered roll separates pet shedding from the carpet fabric, clearing the way for powerful Kirby suction to pull the loosened particles up from the floor.

Get it here.

Kirby’s one-of-a-kind brush roll is built to last. It has three height settings that you can adjust as per the area you are dealing with.  

The entire range of brush rolls is designed to collect pet shedding. The hard roll, covered intermittently with bristles, has a unique tuft pattern that decreases hair entanglement by 55%. 

  • Zipp Brush

Another great tool to clean up pet hair is the Zipp Brush.  The brush sucks in the collected hair, consequently freeing up the roll to collect the hidden residue. 

The hardwood body of the brush roll, makes it durable and easy to function against soft textures such as a couch or a dense carpet.

My pet Koolie is the soul of my house, but I can’t say that I am a fan of the incessant shedding that towers on the sofa and the carpet.

The cleaning and upkeep had always been a hassle – until I started using Kirby’s brush roll to clean and collect the hair left behind. 

Kirby’s hard roller brush is a hit. This happy customer confirms it: 

Get it here

  • Pet Hair Eliminating Tool

Another great tool that you can buy for the precision cleaning of pet hair is the Pet Hair Eliminating Stair & Upholstery Cleaning Pet Hair Tool

This advanced tool is excellent for sucking up the tiniest hair from heavy traffic areas such as a staircase. The tool fits all Kirby models, including our best-selling Kirby Avalir Vacuum Cleaner.

5. Mattress Cleaning

Your mattress is a depository of millions of dead skin cells, bacteria, and dust mites. These microorganisms deposits pose several health challenges, such as allergies, eczema, breathing issues, and asthma. 

While dusting and dry vacuuming is a monthly ordeal for mattresses, we also recommend thoroughly cleaning the mattress and bed frame twice a year. 

Kirby’s specially designed mattress bag collects the dust and gives it a smooth dusting. 

Kirby is one of the few vacuums in the market that comes with a unique cloth bag

The portable model allows you to clean the entire mattress with ease and perfection. 

The Multipurpose Use of Kirby Vacuums

You’ll be pleased to learn that all popular Kirby vacuum models fulfill these functions. Here’s a comparative study at a glance. 

Kirby Vacuum  



Hard Floor Polishing 


Pet Hair Cleaning 

Mattress Cleaning 













Ultimate G






Sentria ll













Kirby is more than just a vacuum, it’s a home-cleaning system

Kirby has been a trusted one-stop home-cleaning solution for more than 100 years. 

When you are thinking of investing in a vacuum, it is advisable to go for a machine that can effectively inflate a mattress, polish your floors, and clean your mattress without hassle.

You can either drop a couple of hundred dollars every quarter, or you can buy and maintain a vacuum AND other hard floor cleaning products. 

Or, you can have a Kirby

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com, and we can help you through the process or you can send it to us to fix it for you. 

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