Here is a little gem that I found at my local thrift store, a Clarke Model SP Floor Polisher from the 1930’s! I found a busted Bissel Quicksteamer in my mom’s building that didn’t work and fixed it. This particular Bissel does not have a power brush and doesn’t scrub the carpet very well but does a decent job of extracting. Well, as any carpet cleaner knows the trick to effectively cleaning a carpet lies mostly in the chemicals and scrubbing so, I had to find some way of scrubbing without breaking my arm. Viola, I head down to my local Thrift Town and find the perfect scrubbing machine (in my mind) for the job.
The thing is the perfect size to maneuver around all my mom’s junk and seemed sturdy enough to do the whole thing. It looked old, smelled old, but I had no idea it was almost one hundred years old! I took it to the local vacuum cleaner guy and he told me it was from the 30’s. I didn’t believe him at first but after doing some research discovered that he indeed knew his history and it in fact was near one hundred years old. I joked with my mom who is 81 that it is the oldest thing in the house now that still works!
I contacted the Museum Of Clean and am negotiating with them to possible acquire it, if they want it. I think that it would now be a shame to actually use it for what I had intended since it has survived all this time. The vacuum cleaner guy looked at me like I was crazy when I asked if he had any replacement brushed for it. I think they are made of bissine or some vegetable variant. Anyway, here it is in all it’s one hundred year of glory.
Hey, check out the Museum Of Clean if you are ever in the neighborhood, looks like an interesting place.