Keeping floors free of pet hair, crumbs, and all the other little messes that accumulate on them makes a big difference in how clean your home looks. That’s why I wind up using my carpet sweeper pretty much daily between deeper cleanings.
I grew up in the 1970s when new kitchens featured imprinted carpets, something that makes me cringe to remember. (Hey, it was a different world back then!) Using a broom didn’t make sense, so we ran the carpet sweeper after dinner each night then vacuumed the carpet thoroughly on Saturday mornings.
It wasn’t until I moved into my first apartment during college that I realized how much better carpet sweepers are than brooms. It seemed like whenever I used a broom I’d just flick dirt from one place to another, then I’d have to go over the area repeatedly. When I’d sweep the mess into the dustpan, there was always that fine line of dirt I’d need a damp paper towel to clean up.
Not so with my carpet sweeper, which was one of my first grown-up cleaning tool purchases. I went with a Bissell back then, too: their name is almost synonymous with carpet sweepers. When I was a waitress one of our tasks was to “Bissell the restaurant” even though the boss bought some other brand that broke so often he finally went with an authentic Bissell, too.
Nowadays, a carpet sweeper is on the must-have list of cleaning tools in my book, 30 Days to a Clean and Organized House, with good reason: it’s a fantastic, inexpensive floor cleaning tool.
Bissell Perfect Sweep Turbo
Carpet sweepers come in two basic styles: manual and cordless. While they all work the same — you push the thing backward and forward — the manual ones require more effort.
I bought the Bissell Perfect Sweep Turbo (Amazon, $34.99) for that reason: once fully charged, you get 60 minutes of cordless cleaning time during which the rotating brush does most of the work for you.
Cleans Carpets and Hard Floors, Too
Although not a substitute for regular vacuuming, the carpet sweeper does a fantastic job of picking up crumbs, pet hair and dirt from carpets (including area rugs and entry mats) and hard floors, too.
At 4 lbs. it’s sturdy without being cumbersome, and still lightweight enough to hang from a broom holder, so it doesn’t take up valuable floor space in your laundry room or wherever you store cleaning tools.
Plus, kids can use it easily. Ever try to get your kids to sweep the kitchen properly with a broom? Even after you’ve taught them not to use wild, big motions like they see in cartoons, using a broom is still tedious enough to prompt a whole lot of whining, at least from my kids.
Not so with a carpet sweeper: they quickly realized it took less than 3 minutes to clean the entire kitchen floor, which meant it just wasn’t worth it to them to argue about it. I am a firm believer in empowering kids to help around the house and using a carpet sweeper instead of a broom accomplishes that.
Gets Under Furniture
In the living and family rooms it seems like crumbs and pet hair accumulates under furniture just high enough for me to see them, but low enough to make using my vacuum daily impractical. The carpet sweeper is low-profile, so cleaning up after my cats have been wrestling, or my son has been snacking doesn’t require moving furniture.
In the kitchen, the low profile fits under kitchen chairs and counter stools, too. I love not having to move all of the seating just to get up a few crumbs after dinner!
Cleans Right To The Baseboards
The Bissell’s body is designed so it doesn’t scuff up your baseboards. Meanwhile, the rotating brush extends to pick up dirt all the way to the edges of your floor. It’s low enough that it zooms right beneath my overhanging kitchen counters to get the pet hair that seems to accumulate there most of all.
Once you’re done sweeping, you just lift the top-loading dust bin out and dump it into the trash can. Every few cleanings I give the dustbin a good wash and pull hairs or threads out of the roller brush just to keep it in good shape. Then a quick charge up using the 220v adapter and back it goes, ready to grab the next time someone makes a mess.
At $34.99, the Bissell Perfect Sweep Turbo carpet sweeper is more expensive than an old-fashioned broom but does a superior cleaning job. That’s why I consider it a must-have cleaning tool.
- Keeps carpets and hard floors looking good between regular vacuuming.
- 60 minutes cordless cleaning time.
- Turbo brush does most of the work for you.
- Easy enough for kids to use.
- Cleans under furniture and up to baseboards.
- Top loading dust pan is easy to empty.
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