The quest for clean rugs and carpets started long before the invention of the Vacuum cleaner. Today we are grateful to the inventors of the past 120 years ,that have created today’s Best Carpet Vacuum.
Cleaning Rugs and Carpets ( which were not yet wall to wall as we know today), was always an ordeal. They were carried outside, hung on a line and systematically beaten with a broom to remove dirt. So next time you find Vacuuming to be a chore, think about those poor women with a broom.
The first attempt at carpet cleaning was in the form of a Carpet sweeper invented by Daniel Hess in Iowa. Notably, a similar unit was soon created by Melville Bissell in 1876. His Company later added Vacuum Cleaners to its range of products. Bissell Vacuums still feature in reviews like The Best Vacuum for Carpet | VacuumSeek today.
Wikipedia says that the first Vacuum Cleaner was invented around 1901 by Cecil Booth. He is pictured here with one of his later variations.
Booth’s first Vacuum was a large machine mounted on a horse drawn carriage. Powered by a Petrol motor.
It could not be taken indoors, but in most ways functioned as later portable units did. Using a fan to suck air through a cloth filter, catching dust in a Bag.