Floor Cleaning Evolves

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In Pre-Industrial England, most floor were hard earth which was extremely dusty and required regular sweeping. During those times, “brooms” were simply things like cornhusks, twigs, reeds, and other natural materials. Floor surfaces evolved over time, and a layer of sand was added to dirt floors. When litter piled up, the sand would get swept outside, and a new layer would be spread. Others would use peanut and sunflowers seed shells on the floor. Ancient Greeks and Egyptians used stone, bricks, and pebbles to create flooring. In the United States, hardwood flooring was popular in homes, starting in the early to mid 1900’s. With different flooring surfaces, came the need for different ways to clean them.


The invention of the modern mop as we know it, didn’t come along until the late 1800’s. One patent for it was granted in 1837 to Jacob Howe, and another in 1893 to Thomas W. Steward. However, it is believed that the mop was used as early as 1496. Even so, most people scrubbed the floors with their hands (and even now, many people still do). Large corporations started using early versions of basic floor scrubbers sometime in the late 1920’s. Automatic floor scrubbers came along in the middle of the 20th century and had a design that was similar to the push lawn mower.


The design of floor scrubbers has made several improvements over the years. Machines now can be used on several different types of flooring and are more efficient that original models. There are also several different sized machines that can be used for a variety of jobs.


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