Who is right? Well, anyone who has told me that my standards of cleanliness are far above the average. Or far above the above-average.
Today, I brought our vacuum in for service. According to the 100-year-old vacuum store in Portland, a vacuum should be serviced once a year, to be checked for belts or filters or creaky parts - and I told the guy that our vacuum is 5 years and 4 months old (but it could totally be 6 years and 4 months; I just can't remember) and has never been serviced or had a filter changed.
He asked me if we use it. He asked me if I had just cleaned it. (No; I just dumped the bagless catchall area out but that's not exactly cleaning it.) He repeatedly asked me how long we have had it. Do we use it on carpet? On hardwood? Do we really use it? And in the end, he refused to perform any maintenance on it because it was too clean, too nice, in the "best shape" he has ever seen a vacuum that is five years old, and he'd feel guilty if he took my money for something I didn't need.
My cleanliness has now officially been documented and affirmed and truly admired by a professional salesman and repairman of an ITEM DESIGNED TO CLEAN OTHER THINGS.
I can die happy.