Lad cleans up with 150 hoover hoard
A schoolboy who has amassed a collection of 150 vacuum cleaners is cleaning up after turning his obsession into a ‘suck-cessful’ business – even flogging hoovers to his teachers.
Matthew Lock’s devotion to vacuums started from the age of two when he got his first toy Henry – and by the age of five he was happily hoovering the family home.
And now he’s turning a profit fixing up old machines and selling them, even to his secondary school teachers, while carrying out repairs on just about every range of cleaner on the market.
A favourite with his friends’ parents, the 13-year-old will often hoover when he’s invited over for tea so he can diagnose and fix any issues with the machines.
He’s also become an internet hit for his honest reviews of new vacuums which he shares on his social media channels.
For his 13th birthday Matthew even went to the Numatic factory in Somerset coming home with two incredibly rare Henry Hoovers to add to his collection which he keeps in a workshop at the bottom of the garden.
Matthew, who aspires to being the next James Dyson, first discovered he had a knack for fixing them while at his friend’s grandma’s house when he fixed her broken Henry which she was about to throw out.
Matthew, from Maghull, Merseyside, said: “From when I was young I had always been into vacuum cleaners and got a toy Henry when I was two.
“When I was about five we got a real Henry and I used to use that quite often.
“I think it started after seeing them being used and I liked helping out. I liked Henry because he had a face and looked like a toy.
“I started fixing them when I was about 10. It started after I’d gone to a friend’s house and his grandma said she was going to throw out her Henry because it was broken.
“I stripped it down and cleaned it and it worked. She was so made up with it as it was good as new.
“I remember in year four or five having a rough idea how to take them apart and looking into how to make them run, that’s when the collecting started.
“I started finding machines, getting parts and being able to put them together to make a new vacuum.
“I became more and more interested in getting rarer machines.
“I like the way they work and seeing how they can be improved. I like seeing how they’ve advanced over the years – different machines do different jobs.
“I get them off eBay or on Facebook selling sites. I find them in skips and people have even started leaving them outside my back door.
“Some of the Henrys I have are 40 years old. I like to fix them but if they’re beyond repair I will make a good one out of two hoovers.
“My collection is mostly Henrys and Dysons. I’ve got original versions which are made out of metal and Bakelite. My collection is well into the hundreds now.
“They are all in my workshop in my garden which is where I do all my vacuum repairs.”