Low-Tech Over Hi-Tech

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    Oct 06, 2010 1:07 PM GMT
    Yesterday we were in a restaurant supply store, that sells both bulk food items and also some professional kitchen equipment & utensils. And I saw this commercial grade floor sweeper, the kind with 4 wheels and roller brushes, that you simply push back & forth.

    So I bought it, and I'm very pleased. We have all hard tiles on our floors, common in Florida, with just a few low-pile accent rugs. Our cleaning lady only comes once a week and vacuums the floors, but sometimes there's a need for a small pickup mid-week. I hate to drag out the canister vac for just a little job (I recently bought her an Oreck that she OK'd before I got it, but that's her tool, not mine, fine for the whole house but too much hassle for me for a little job).

    So I simply keep this sweeper thing in the closet, and for small crumbs & dirt I just grab it, push it back and forth, and voila, clean floor again. No plugging in cords, no recharging, no assembling hoses & wands & attachments, no bulk, almost no noise, easier than a broom and dustpan. Sometimes I like easy low-tech, old-fashioned solutions. Do you ever feel the same way?

    And here it is, by Rubbermaid Commercial, rather than the more common Bissell sweeper:

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    Oct 06, 2010 1:16 PM GMT
    Hardwood floors + old-fashioned broom & dustpan = win. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 06, 2010 1:29 PM GMT
    I have something like that too, mines made of wood
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    Oct 06, 2010 1:36 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidHardwood floors + old-fashioned broom & dustpan = win. icon_biggrin.gif

    That would be my second choice, with a restaurant-style dustpan that has a handle because of my bad back. But this is just 1 thing to quickly push back & forth single-handedly, and hang back flat in a closet.

    I still have a dustpan, though, for hunks of broken glass from one of our notorious cocktail parties. icon_redface.gif
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    Oct 06, 2010 3:34 PM GMT
    We inherited something like that back in the 60's (not sure how old it was then.) As I recall, it just wasn't up to farmhouse use. The rollers quickly jammed up with animal hair and other fibrous material.

    Which is what has kept me from buying a "roomba" so far.