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I have always been a house proud person. I like to keep my home clean and tidy, to have a relaxing environment. I also find it makes daily living easier, as well as making keeping on top of the chores easier. Keeping the floors clean can be a difficult task when you have little ones who leave a trail of destruction behind them. It can seem like a never ending battle and one in which you are determined to win. Having the right tools can make light work of housework freeing you time and energy for the finer things in life.
Since my son came along 5 years ago I found myself having less time doing housework and more time caring for him. I knew parenting was a demanding role, however, I never remembered being this stretched when raising my daughter. Learning my son was autistic put things into perspective and as time goes on I find myself in demand more. I cannot complain though, as long as my house is reasonable and my son is happy that is all that matters. Keeping the house reasonable seems to be the hardest battle of all.
>>> Clean floors make for a clean home
Having clean floors in the home makes all the difference. Cluttered, dirty floors can make the home have awful look. Whereas freshly swept floors can brighten the home and make it feel cleaner and healthier, too. I not only have the problem of having less time and energy to keep up to speed with the housework, I'm also very limited as to when I can use the vacuum. This is because my autistic son has a fear of the vacuum, as he cannot tolerate the sound it makes. For this reason, I tend to clean the floors by hand in between vacuuming to keep them looking clean. This is an arduous task and makes it take longer than needed.
Having laminated floors throughout makes it easier to clean, however, they do tend to show up the dirt more. Any dust or dirt is visible and this I cannot abide. I decided to get a new carpet sweeper to be able to sweep over the floors as and when needed throughout the day. For the bargain price of £19.99, the Bissell perfect sweep floor sweeper is a steal. I chose this one for the good price and the brand, as Bissell is a reputable brand.
>>> Picking up everything without damage
The sweeper comes boxed in a small flat box, as the handle is in three pieces to be screwed together and attached to the body of the sweeper. It unobtrusively and conveniently stows away in the corner taking up very little space. Of course it would fit neatly into a cupboard if you have the storage. The sweeper stays upright, as the handle locks into place when pushed into the upright position. The silver body looks neat and being constructed from metal it makes it a sturdy little unit. The edges have a plastic black bumper trim which prevents it from damaging furniture, and it does serve its purpose well.
The lightweight sweeper glides effortlessly over the floor quietly. The two rollers underneath cleverly pick up the bits and deposit them into the caddy. It does need to be swept over the floor a few times to grab all the bits, but it takes no effort or time at all. I find it sweeps up pretty much everything from lint and dust to large pieces of dry cereal. On the days we are at home all day this little sweeper gets used up to four times a day! The mess created by a toddler can soon be swept away reducing the cleaning time at the end of the day.
>>> Maintaining the sweeper
I don't actually vacuum every day, although needed, it just isn't possible, so I use this sweeper as and when needed. It comes out after each meal to collect up all the bits from the floor before they end up everywhere. Plus it gets used in between whenever the floor looks bitty. It only takes 5 minutes to run over the floor with a gentle back and forth action to pick up the dirt. Despite the fact that the sweeper gets used a lot throughout the day, it doesn't actually need to be emptied all that frequently. In fact, I tend to empty it once or twice a week.
Emptying is simple and fuss free, there is two dust trays underneath which are opened by pulling open the self-closing doors. Done over a bag or bin this is easy and the dirt actually clumps together and is surprising how much there is! I find emptying often helps the sweeper to work better, not to say it isn't as good when a little full. The brush rollers underneath can clog slightly with large lumps of fluff or string, and the four bristles located on each edge corner also get really fluffy. The easiest and fastest way to clean these is by holding the vacuum nozzle over them. However, they can be cleaned by hand just as well.
>>> Cleaning anytime day or night
I love this little sweeper, it is easy to use, takes up little space and makes hardly any noise meaning it can be used day or night. It is robust and picks up well for a manual cleaning product. It is easy to maintain by just emptying the dust trays when needed and cleaning the bristles to keep them in good working order. The only slight problem I had with this in the beginning was that the handle fell apart at the joining a few times in use. I remedied this with some black tape and it holds well without looking unattractive or all that noticeable to be honest. I must say though, I am a rough with it as I push it around the floor in a bid to get the job done as fast as possible!
For a reliable little cleaner that easily sweeps up this is a good little product. The handle moves up and down meaning you can get under furniture to clean thoroughly. For those that struggle with a vacuum or want something to clean in between vacuuming this sweeper makes a good buy.
Sometimes I find it hard to find time to vacuum, and there are times when I just want a quick whizz to sort out any dirt or mess on the carpet or in the kitchen. I remember my mum having a Ewbank sweeper when I was younger which she used loads, and I thought it was time to perhaps invest in something similar.
Now, half of my house is carpet, and half is laminate or lino, so I needed a sweeper that could handle all flooring types rather than just carpet.
Upon doing some research, I almost bought a GTECH rechargeable sweeper, but finally decided on the Bissell Perfect Sweep, because it looked as if it could handle different flooring types, as well as it not being powered by battery, which I thought was more eco-friendly and economical, as I can imagine having to replace the rechargeable battery one day as it loses capacity over time.
I ordered my sweeper through Tesco Direct for about £15, and went to pick it up. It was in quite a compact packaging so was easy to carry, and then we put it together when we got home. It was really easy to fix together, with no tools required, and parts either slipped or screwed on together. Mine is a nice brushed silver colour rather than the blue one pictured, which is nice and smart looking and compliments the rest of my appliances.
The sweeper indeed cleans dirt, debris and hair from the carpet as well as hard flooring, although it's not quite as good as a vacuum cleaner, but at least it does the job for a quick clean up. There are two rolling brushes inside the sweeper which help catch the dirt better than one with one brush. There is an easy container to open and empty the sweeper, which only needs doing every now and then.
The main gripe with this sweeper, which I also expected from the reviews, was that the handle (which is in about 3 pieces) falls apart quite easily while you're holding it, which can give you a shock! The way they should have designed the handle is that all parts should screw together securely, whereas only the bottom part of the handle is screwed the base, and the other parts simply push together. To remedy this, you either need to give the handle a good bang on the floor (ideally outside so you don't damage anything!) or simply stick together with some strong duct tape (which doesn't look good but does the job).
All in all, I am very pleased with my purchase, as it helps me keep my house tidy in between vacuuming, which I only have time to do on a weekend unfortunately. If only they made a better handle and this would have gotten full marks!
We have a plain cream carpet and I am forever going round picking up black bits of fluff from my husband's socks. As much as they're washed, the carpet still attracts the fluff and it drives me insane! My black socks don't leave black fluff everywhere but every pair of his do! And no matter how many times I went over them with the vacuum cleaner they would not budge. People always say don't get a cream carpet if you have a dog but nobody ever told me not to get a cream carpet if you have a husband!
When visiting my grandparents one day they had bought a Bissell Perfect Sweep carpet sweeper and my grandma was raving about it. It just reminded me of a really old fashioned beige carpet sweeper my grandma used to have when I was a child. Bless her, there's people raving about a Dyson Ball and my grandma's raving about a carpet sweeper!
So my grandma got this carpet sweeper out and proceeded to show me what it could do. It was truly unremarkable: it swept the carpet!! She told me she had bought another make of carpet sweeper which wasn't very good so she took it back and replaced it with the Bissell Perfect Sweep, which she claimed was amazing and that we should buy one. Being someone who has been brought up in a generation of technology forever evolving I couldn't see what use I could make of a carpet sweeper. That is until I thought of my husband!
My grandma let us borrow the carpet sweeper to see how it would handle my husband's sock fluff before we went out and bought one. So as soon as I got home I put it to the test on our carpet which looked like a rolled out, flattened Dalmatian! And I was so surprised when it actually picked up the fluff on the first attempt, I didn't even have to keep going over and over the same spot. Both my husband and I were so shocked that something so basic that didn't even require plugging in could perform so well. I rang my grandma straight away to tell her how impressed we were!
It's such a basic piece of equipment which looks just like your average, dare I say old fashioned, carpet sweeper, It consists of a base that's 9.5 inch x 10.5 inch with two quite large brush rollers in the centre underneath, wheels down either side and brushes at all four corners. It has a long handle which slots together in 4 sections and a comb which attaches to the handle to clean the brushes underneath. It then has two compartments underneath, one at the front of the rollers and one at the back which collects all the dust/fluff. And that's it!
We gave back my grandma's carpet sweeper and went out and bought one for ourselves. We bought ours from Argos for around £25 which seemed like such a bargain for something that did a better job than a vacuum cleaner! We now use our Bissell Perfect Sweep on a daily basis and use our vacuum cleaner (which now just seems so big, heavy and bulky) once a week just for a deeper clean due to the suction, even though our vacuum cleaner (which is a good make and only about 5 year old) doesn't seem to pick up as much as the carpet sweeper does.
We've recommended this to all our friends (who had the same initial impression of it as I did) who were amazed after showing them two full compartments of dust/fluff after using the carpet sweeper on a carpet that looked clean to begin with. And I no longer have to go round picking up bits of sock fluff, the Bissell Perfect Sweep does the job for me.
I would say the only fault I can think of, which doesn't affect the performance, is that the top section of the handle sometimes comes apart from the rest of the handle when lifting it from its home in the kitchen, no matter how hard you push the two together. But that's just nit picking really, it doesn't take away how amazing and effective it actually is. It still amazes me how good the carpet looks after using the carpet sweeper and after using the vacuum cleaner I usually have to go over it with the sweeper to pick up the sock fluff!
I can't recommend the Bissell Perfect Sweep enough. It's small enough to stick in a corner and takes less effort than getting the vacuum cleaner out all the time, but in my opinion gives far better results. Who needs an expensive vacuum cleaner when you've got a Bissell Perfect Sweep!