Frequently Asked Questions
What is a carpet sweeper?
A carpet sweeper is a broom on wheels. Although there aren't any broom straws on a carpet sweeper, they do contain brushes underneath the lower portion. Flip one over or look at the photos of a typical carpet sweeper as you'll see stuff brushes that are somewhat familiar to those on some vacuums.
These brushes, usually produced with either horsehair or plastics, will gently move along the floor in a spinning fashion, also similar to a vacuum. The trash that it picks up is then moved to the rear of the brush, where the debris container would be.
Carpet sweepers have been around for a long time and will continue to be. They're usually easier and quicker to grab hold of when a dry spill must be picked up quickly. And many are very lightweight, even more than some swivel mops. Some brands produce electric sweepers but more remain manually operated.
These sweepers won't only clean carpets, but do a fine job on hard floors as well. You can get up the same thing that would be loosely pockmarked on a carpet and throw the trash away when done. Roll them over your rugs and the brushes will go back to scooping from the fabrics. These sweepers are the original multi-purpose floor cleaning tools.
Do I need a carpet sweeper?
People that usually need them are those that like to get spills cleaned up fast. Others may be cleaners who prefer or are forced to do chores at unconventional times of the day or night. Sweepers have no corded electrical power.
You could take one in any room and the sweeper will never make a sound that's louder than your shuffling feet and the movement of the brushes hitting the floor.
Other people that could use these are office workers, food service workers, and people with pets. Sweepers are known to pick up dog hair and are great for anyone with pets, especially if they're shedding.
Pet hairs can lead to allergies, even in people that are accustomed to them being near. A carpet sweeper will remove the pet hair and keep it from embedding itself deeper into your carpet.
This can save you lots of effort when you're eventually ready to vacuum or shampoo. There won't be any reason for you to make several passes in the same area. In this regard, floor sweepers help vacuums and carpet cleaners work easier, taking a bit of strain off them and you.
Do carpet sweepers really work?
Yes, carpet sweepers work well and are one of the reasons they've remained so popular, even while having basic features and operations. With them, you can do much of the job that a vacuum would normally do but at a faster pace.
They can clean stairways, and clean concrete floors, and even hold in the trash for dispensing at a later time. It's as if they feature everything that is a part of the most modern floor cleaners but in a basic state.
Is a carpet sweeper as good as a vacuum cleaner?
In some ways, yes. In others, no. A sweeper has limits to what it can do whereas a vacuum cleaner can pick up more dirt that's trapped under the first layer of a fabric carpet.
Depending on the product, a vacuum may also be unable to adequately suck up dirt on hard floors. This isn't the case for ass since multi-purpose vacuums are easy to find.
Sweepers are also unable to pick up large, heavier pieces of debris that can quickly be scooped by a vacuum. Most sweepers have no attachments and rely completely on the brushes to pick up debris that comes into contact with it.
The complexity of vacuums forces consumers to use care and research when buying a new vacuum cleaner.
But with floor sweepers, it's easy to tell what you're getting. There's little to exaggerate with features and few empty promises. The sweeper either does what its minimal features allow it to do or it doesn't.
Think of this when picking your floor sweeper, and use it for what it's meant to do.
If you know what you're getting with a sweeper of this kind, you'll be happy for the job that it does in tidying up what you need to be cleaned when using other means of cleaning aren't preferred.