Learning Center
Plans & pricing Sign in
Sign Out



									Who invented the vacuum cleaner?

Word Count:

The invention of rug cleaning devices goes as far back as the 1860's and
add William Hoover into the mix and you have a variety of devices, each
claiming to be the first. This article goes some way to explaining where
it all started.

vacuum cleaners, miele, dyson, hoover, roomba

Article Body:
Like a lot of inventions over the years the invention of the vacuum
cleaner is also surrounded with great debate as to who came up with the
first vacuum cleaner. We have to go as far back as the 1800's to try and
understand what people had in their homes and how they went about

Firstly we can trace one of the earliest and better known devices back to
1860 when David Hess came up with a way to solve a problem which
housewives were having at the time. In those days people used rugs on the
bare wooden floors to try and keep the dust down to a minimum. Of course
all the dust remained on the rug and the only way off was to hang the rug
and whack it with a stick. Shortly after came the rug-beater, which
resembled a tennis racket.

However, it was only David Hess who thought there must be an easier way
to do the rug cleaning and he came up with a Carpet Sweeper which had a
rotating brush with a bellows system which provided the suction. Is or
was this a 'vacuum cleaner'? The machine also consisted of two water
chambers which collected the fine dust and particles. The only problem
with this invention is that there is no proof it was ever produced.

Then along came Melville Bissell, who's surname will sound familiar if
you know your vacuum cleaners, who also came up with a carpet sweeper
that picked up dirt and deposited it in a pan behind the sweeper head.

But it wasn't until 1899, when what can be described as the first
'motorized' cleaner, was invented by John Thurman and it was another few
years before Hubert Booth of London came up with the first electric
vacuum. The only problem was that the vacuum was so big it was stored on
the back of a
trailer outside the house and a very long hose was run inside to do the

As time went by more and more inventors had a go at coming up with the
ultimate cleaner and one which could be used in the home without much
fuss and was portable. Then along came James Spangler in 1908 with the
first portable suction cleaner. This cleaner proved to be extremely
popular and
for some reason he sold the patent to William Hoover. Yes, the man who's
name has become synonymous with house cleaning. The fact that the Hoover
name stuck was a testament to how good and popular the early cleaners
were and now nearly 100 years later the vacuum cleaner can still be best
described a clunky, noisy piece of hardware. Although innovative designs
such as the Dyson and the next generation robotic Roomba are starting to
give us some idea of what we can expect of 21st century vacuum cleaners.

Whoever is responsible for the invention of the vacuum cleaner, of which
I believe there are many, would be proud to know that the principles of
their early day designs still remain in vacuumcleaners in millions of
homes around the world.

To top