02 February 2010

a new broom sweeps clean


My vacuum cleaner is broken. All is not lost though because it just so happens that I bought a new stiff-bristled broom a couple of weeks ago. It really is a very satisfying job to sweep the house with a broom. No eardrum bursting vrooming sending the cats scattering, just some brisk strokes, a kind of conflation of swishing and whisking; the broom as a swisk-stick. After tackling the kitchen and stairs and front room, I was warmer than I have been for days. Strangely it also leaves you feeling a little glow of sanctimoniousness.

Two proverbs knocked off in one.

11 comments:

Liz said...

Totally agree, much more satisfying. And it seems more hygienic somehow. (Emptying the cleaner? Ugh).

Deptford dame said...

Sorry, but I fell deeply in love a couple of weeks ago when I bought a new vacuum cleaner that actually works and is beautifully designed for purpose. Is that so wrong?!

colleen said...

DD - Feel just the same about my washing machine.
Is it wrong? No. Is it odd? Just a little.
C

colleen said...

PS - Just in case I can't get mine fixed, what is it?
C

Rattling On said...

I have a Dyson upright, not the ball kind. Bought it 2 years ago, after always having Dyson cylinders and loving them. What a mistake. I hate it-it's like lugging a donkey round the house and doesn't go to the edges. Noisy and doesn't always pick up very well. Blah blah. Can't afford to replace it really, and it refuses to break...

j said...

My dog has a deep mistrust of the vacuum. I don't like it much either.

I've gotten quite grumpy over housework of late. My scowling takes away from any glowing.

60 going on 16 said...

Amazing how much there is to be said about domestic appliances . . .

My vacuum cleaner also died the death before Christmas - a Miele Black Diamond that I'd had for ages - and Miele no longer makes the requisite part. With a resident dog and cat and daily canine guests (not to mention country mud, which creeps in, however hard you try to keep it out), I needed something really tough; a broom is, sadly, just not tough enough.

After lengthy research (ahem), it seemed that the Miele Cat and Dog Turbo 5000 scored highest in most online reviews. And, although I never thought I would wax lyrical about a vacuum cleaner, it is quite brilliant and eats dust and dirt (and deals with pesky allergens - essential for when my son-in-law visits, as he is asthmatic). It is also surprisingly light and I can whizz round this ancient and rambling house in no time. (A definite plus for someone like me who is saddled with an intense dislike of housework.) I've also used a Sebo and an upright Dyson in the past; both good but not a patch on this.

Anonymous said...

We've also got a miele cylinder which we have had for over 15 years. It did have to go to the vacuum cleaner hospital once when in a post natal haze with three kids under four I used it to hoover up wet cornflakes but we've had no such hiccup since.

I'm sure that my younger self would be appalled that I have a view on domestic appliances!

Joan

Rattling On said...

I love Joan's comment about her 'younger self'.
I was once at a women's group meeting in Moscow. We had somehow got onto the subject of cleaning products. In came an expat, exWorked-for-a-cabinet minister woman of our aquaintance. She listened for a while, then stood up and shouted 'Can't intelligent women find something better than effing (abridged...) Brillo pads to talk about?' and flounced out.
We quoted her for a long time on any occasion when the conversation strayed towards fluff.

Weeping Sore said...

Nothin wrong with a glow of sanctimoniousness. I take my glows where I find them these days. And you're on to something about the joy of sweeping.
Although I've been know to hit people who think I'm afflicted with obsessive-compulsive disorder, nothing makes my evening so satisfying as sitting in the newly-cleaned living room and looking around at my tiny kingdom where everything is in order.
Your new broom reminds me of the new sneakers (aka tennis shoes) we'd get at the beginning of summer when we were kids. They seemed to jump higher.

Deptford dame said...

Mine is also Miele, a cylinder, the 'cheaper' of their range but still seemed like a lot at the time. Now I reckon it's money well spent. Picks my hairs out of the carpet on the first pass, easy to manoeuvre under the sofa, even easy to dust with. Has a special miniature attachment for doing the stairs (so much easier! used to only get done occasionally because it was so much hassle but now no bother) and has a long hose adjustable to any size so you don't have to bend over as much. I'll stop now, it's getting embarrassing! People will think I'm on commission!