What is the history of the vacuum carpet cleaner?
The vacuum carpet cleaner traces its roots to the introduction of the concept of carpeting into the home. This is the only logical explanation since there would be no vacuum cleaner without a carpet. It is interesting to note that the first vacuum cleaner was built in the mid 19th century. Matter of fact, this invention was made way before the US civil war, and it was not until the year 1860 when Daniel Hess was awarded the patent for his innovative idea of a device that sweeps carpets clean, loosely referred to as the ‘carpet sweeper’.
The carpet sweeper is part of the rich history of how the carpet vacuum cleaner came to be. This sweeper was a pioneer in the field of devices that used suction power to get rid of dirt on the carpet. This was an excellent idea because it meant putting an end to the arduous task of manually cleaning the carpet. In spite of this, the technology used was used too crude, but the fact that this created room for improvement meant that there were later versions which could come up that could make the whole carpet cleaning experience a walk in the park- quite literally because one has to walk as you push the vacuum cleaner.
Following this first carpet vacuum cleaner, there were several other models that were designed to see the light of day, but the first major success story is attributed to one man by the name Melville Bissell. Bissell came up with a model that could be pushed as the cleaner eliminated the dirt from the carpet. For the 19th century, this was a remarkable advancement. Bissell went ahead to found a company which experienced tremendous growth in the years that followed it; so much so that to date, the Bissell design is one of the most successful designs of vacuum cleaners found in many homes across the world.
Another model that is worth mentioning as far as the history of the carpet vacuum cleaner is concerned is the one that was invented by James Spangler in the year 1907. This is perhaps the model that closely mirrors the type of vacuum cleaners that we use today. The Spangler version could be carried from place to place, making it very handy as far as job efficiency was concerned. The same model also had a bag whose function was to hold the collected dirt. In addition to the bag, there was also the rotating brush which was used to dislodge dirt from the carpet.
Sadly, Mr. Spangler was not an entrepreneur at heart, and did not therefore pursue this worthy venture, and instead opted to sell the idea to his cousin Hoover. To date, this is one of the most recognizable names when one talks about the carpet vacuum cleaner industry. While at it, it is important to note that the use of disposable bags can be attributed to the invention by Mr. Spangler. Fast forward to today, and this has been the basis of the advanced robotic vacuum cleaners today.