$2 Carpet Broom

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Introduction: $2 Carpet Broom

About: Mechanical engineer, alumnus Colorado State University, and member of Alamance Makers Guild.

Have you ever walked across a carpet only to sit down on your couch and find a rat's nest of hairs caught between your toes? Are you tired of toe flossing? I sure am!

I tried vacuuming, but it wouldn't cut it. I couldn't use a broom on carpet, unless. . .

With a spark of inspiration I pulled all of the hairs out from betwixt my toes and ran to Dollar Tree. With $2 and a few househould items I made the perfect device for my situation.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Materials:

(Dollar Tree)

Tools:

  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Clamp
  • Gorilla glue
  • Sandpaper

Step 2: Disassemble Mop

Using the flat head screwdriver I was able to pop the plastic end piece off of the mop and remove the cotton head. Maybe I'll find something to do with the cotton later.

Step 3: Sand and Glue

For better adhesion it's smart to rough up the surfaces beforehand. I used some 120 grit I had lying around.

After wiping away the dust I followed the instructions on the Gorilla Glue bottle, wiping one surface with water and applying glue to the other.

Step 4: Clamp It

Still following the directions I clamped the pieces together for two hours.

After that I unclamped the parts and waited 24 hours for the glue to set.

Step 5: Reassemble

Once the glue set I snapped the handle back onto my modified mop head and voila! A carpet broom is born.

Step 6: Get to Work!

I now have complete control of the hairiness of my home's carpet! I take the broom out once a week or so to rid my home of the plague that is my fiancee's hair.

Step 7: Going Further

A couple things I would do differently a second time around.

  1. Use a hand saw to remove the brush handle.
  2. Get a longer mop. I'm a tall guy so a cheap, short handle forces me to hunch over.
  3. Mount a hair roller to get shorter hairs, like my own.
  4. Find a use for the cotton mop head. Wig?

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    Great question Jobar. I do a back and forth sweeping motion. I've also found a twist here and there helps to pick up the hairs. Otherwise you could end up just combing your carpet's hair.

    So what I'm hearing is that you sort of gently scrub the carpet with longer strokes?