I have a 4-year old and two large parrots. My daughter and parrots are in close proximity to each other during meals and both are on low pile carpeting. I’m not sure who’s messier-except the parrots are ALWAYS producing some type of debris-peanut shells, feathers, ect. I understand how they must keep the other animals in the forest well fed by the amount of food the routinely drop.
My daughter seems to get more food on the floor during her meals than the birds. Macaroni, rice, cereal, etc. ALWAYS ends up underneath and around her after every meal. Dragging out the full-size vacuum after every day was getting old and bothersome. So I started researching an alternative. It seems the current wave of battery-powered carpet sweepers all suffer the same fate-the battery either gives out quickly, won’t hold a charge, or the item is cheaply made and fragile. They all use either ni-cad or nickel-metal hydride technology, both of which are dangerous to the environment and are notorious for the cumulative “memory” effect which, over time, reduces their effectiveness and ability to take and hold a charge.
So I opted for something “greener”. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money and wanted something reasonably effective. So I chose the Bissell Perfect Sweep. It’s a simple design, is well made, is easy to maintain, and doesn't break the bank.
I too was initially VERY frustrated by the handle design. But one day, out of that frustration, I took the handle assembly, inverted it, placed a small block of wood on the bottom, and WHACKED it very hard with a small sledge on the concrete landing of my condo several times. Viola! The handle has never come apart since. Seems it only needed a bit of aggressive “encouragement”.
Another observation I have made over the 2 years I have owned this little gem is the need to periodically take the silly little brush included with the device and comb out the brushes. When I do this I also remove any hair that likes to get wrapped around the axels. This little bit of maintenance really makes a difference and keeps the sweeper working as well as it did from day one. It’s NOT a vacuum-but it works great on carpet during the week and after meals to quickly and effectively pickup the surface material left behind by my “family”.
If I replace it, I would step up to a Hokey made by Oreck. It uses a single brush and instead of bristles, Oreck has designed rubber blades that spiral around the cleaning cylinder. My research indicates the effectiveness of the rubber-it’s suppose to outlast bristles by 8 to 1, and it’s know to be able to pick up glass, pennys, flour and sugar from carpet, linoleum, and tile effectively. But it typically costs in the $60-$80 price range unless you can find a good deal on Ebay. But it’s what the professionals use, and next time you’re at a theatre or restaurant notice what they’re sweeping the carpet with-it’s probably a Hokey.
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