The Evolution of Industrial Floor Cleaners

Industrial floor cleaners have come a long way over the years. Today we have specialised and efficient floor cleaners like never before.

Industrial floor cleaners

From scrubbing brushes to brooms, from carpet sweepers to large floor cleaners the world has seen a lot of growth throughout the centuries when it comes to cleaning products and devices. Although saying this it was only in 1979 that the first broom was ever created.

The First Broom

The very first ‘useful’ broom was created in 1979. Before 1979 brooms were simply made of twigs and sticks and did not pick up or clean dirt at all. It was a man named Levi Dickenson who created the first ever broom using the tassels of sorghum, a grain he was growing for the seeds.

After Levi Dickenson made a broom for his wife, many broom-making industries began to pop up all over the world. Before this very creation took place, people were content on cleaning floors with water, soap and a scrubbing brush.

The First Vacuum Cleaner

In 1860 the very first vacuum cleaner was invented by Daniel Hess. Originally named a carpet brush, it was invented with a rotating brush. This was a huge milestone because it worked on suction to suck up dirt from the floor.

Although it was expensive to create, the idea of vacuum cleaners for industrial and domestic use became a trend. Many large companies began to create, test and sell to the market what we know as vacuum cleaners.

The First Hand Held Vacuum Cleaner

In 1901 British engineer Hubert Cecil Booth and American inventor David T. Kenney. Booth came up with an even bigger and better idea when it came to vacuum cleaners. Using the same suction technology, these were mostly used for industrial use because of the cost and size.

James Murray Spangler went on to create the very first hand-held vacuum cleaner for domestic use. He came up with the idea after he came to the conclusion that the carpet sweeper was at the root of his asthma and health problems.

It was after this jump in 1907 that companies all around the world began to invent vacuum cleaners. Competition became high and the consumer market increased rapidly and today in 2018 90% of households in the UK and across Europe use some kind of vacuum cleaning device for their home.


After many years of new creations, inventions and well known companies trying to create the healthiest, cleanest and of course, environment safe products we are now introduced to the evolution of touch free cleaning.

Scrubber dryers have become a growing trend in the consumer market and the need for large industrial floor cleaning machines is increasing each and every day.

Today, we can rely on green, non-toxic and safe cleaning machines to get the job done. These floor cleaners leave us with an instant dry and clean floor ready to walk on. Evolution is in the making though and over the next few years, we will see bigger and better things in the cleaning industry.