Vacuum cleaner

device that sucks up dust and dirt from floors

A vacuum cleaner is a device that cleans dust and dirt from floors. Sometimes it is just called a vacuum because it uses the force of a vacuum to suck dirt into a large chamber from which it can be dumped into the garbage.

A vacuum cleaner

In the 1920s, an Ohio janitor named James Murray Spangler created a carpet sweeping contraption out of a soap box, a broom handle, a pillow case, and an electric motor. He then began to sell his machine to local housewives. The first plastic vacuum cleaner was produced in the 1930s, and the precursor to modern central vac systems was created in 1952 by the Hoover Company, whose name was now synonymous with “vacuuming”. By the 1960s, vacuum cleaners were much more lightweight and easy to use.[1]

There are several types of vacuum cleaners:

  • Upright vacuum cleaners
  • Canister vacuum cleaners
  • Robot vacuum cleaners
  • [[Handheld]] vacuum cleaners
  • Car vacuum cleaners
  • Carpet cleaners


  1. "The invention of the vacuum cleaner, from horse-drawn to high tech". Science Museum. Retrieved 2021-10-05.