Who was the inventor of the vacuum cleaner

The story about the central vacuum cleaner

It is hard to imagine a household without a vacuum cleaner. Quickly fetched from the closet or household room, connected to the power or air socket and the crumbs are gone. This little domestic help has not always been as natural as it is today.

Over 150 years ago, the feather duster and the broom were best friends when it comes to clean floors. Carpets and rugs were painstakingly knocked out with the well-known carpet beater. The rest was swept out of the rooms with brooms.

The cleaning was very laborious and this is hard to imagine nowadays. Everything has to be faster and easier.

"1906 is the birth of the central vacuum cleaner"

First of all: The English bridge-building engineer from London, Hubert Cecil Booth, is the inventor of the permanently installed vacuum cleaner. Even if Booth set a milestone in the matter of vacuum cleaners for mankind, one should, in fairness, honor the inventions of Daniel Hess, Ives W. McGaffey and Melville Bissell as the cornerstone of today's vacuum cleaner.

It all began with the invention of Daniel Hess and his "Carpet Sweeper", but the steam-powered carpet sweeper around 1860 was quickly replaced in 1865 by Ives McGaffey's hand-operated vacuum cleaner "Whirlwind" from Chicago. Smaller than its predecessor and more affordable but not really handy: you had to turn the hand crank and move the device across the floor at the same time.

Melville R. Bissel from New York invented the first handy carpet cleaner with a roller brush in 1876. Interestingly, almost all of the inventors came from the United States.

Until the Second World War, the vacuum cleaner was considered a pure luxury, cleaning ladies were the cheaper alternative. The noble people in London, who thought something of themselves, arranged their own tea parties, to which they first had Thurmann and then Booth come with his staff, who contributed to the entertainment of the guests with their activities. This scenario took place from 1899 with John S. Thurman and a gas-powered vacuum cleaner. In 1901, however, with the first motorized device developed by Booth. Both inventions were very large and weighed around 160 kg. Horse carts were used for transportation. Long hoses were put through the door and window to get to the rooms.

Hubert Booth founded the cleaning company British Vacuum Cleaning Company (BVCC), his service company "dustless systems for cleaning" was so successful from then on that he improved his invention from oil motors to electric motors. This makes it possible to work more quietly and more efficiently. He didn't deserve much with it.