We have recently bought a new vacuum cleaner, but the thing is so horrendously noisy that I have to wear earplugs when using it, so I have decided it needs to be replaced. But then I thought that perhaps I don't actually need a vacuum cleaner at all.
We do not have carpets anywhere in the house - we have linoleum and wood. Currently I vacuum these and then mop them. We do have some rugs and door mats, but I don't vacuum these. I usually beat them to get the dust out, and they are machine washable. Our furniture covers are also machine washable. We do have a cat.
So could I manage with just a broom, dustpan and brush, and mopping, or would that not get the house as clean as a vacuum cleaner?
I'm in two minds. Part of me just thinks 'of course you need a vacuum' as if its the most shocking thing to do without. But I don't actually vacuum our wooden floors in the kitchen. Plus there's something very comforting about sweeping
Takingthestairs, turning the suction level down does make the noise a bit less, but not much, and then the vacuuming isn't all that great anymore. The outside of this vacuum cleaner is badly made too; after a month it started falling apart - poor device is now hanging together with tape. It was just a bad buy.
I agree that brushing doesn't take up as much dust as vacuuming, but I always mop the floors anyway, also now, after vacuuming.
Delayintactic I had the same thoughts as you did - initially it never occurred to me to go without a vacuum cleaner! But then I was talking about my childhood with someone, and I remembered we didn't have one when I grew up. I grew up in the tropics and we had tiled floors in the first house and wood in the second. The house was always clean - had to be, or we'd get bugs. I do think my mother and our cleaner swept twice a day and mopped every other day... but the UK is not the tropics.
I'd still have one but almost purely for doing the dusting - I have a dustbrush fitting for my vacuum cleaner to remove dust. But then I'm not a great housecleaner, so the dust does build up rather before I get around to it.
I will try it for a few weeks, yes. And I will certainly try the microfibre things too - I already use those on everything else in the house.
One thing I think the vacuum cleaner is great for is getting rid of the dust-and cobweb jungles on the ceilings - I tend to ignore those for months (perhaps even years) until they start to look like low hanging clouds, and by then using a brush creates a fuzzy avalanche... I guess thumbwitch can relate to that Of course the simple solution is to clean that more often.
Sure can! - you should have seen the crap that built up on the ceiling fan, mind you that wasn't all my dust, the previous tenants hadn't ever cleaned it either, I don't think! Good for cleaning out aircon vents too...