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Poor Brooms and Mops

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I never thought I’d see the day that I felt sorry for an inanimate object, but I was wrong. I see a lot of those “new” and “improved” manual sweepers with swiveling parts, liquids, special pads, fancy attachments and disposable this and that. In all of these advertising campaigns one thing is universal and that’s the hatred and disgust for brooms.


What the hell did the broom ever do to anybody? Does it really deserve being dragged through the mud in a smear campaign? How would like being told that you’re worthless with the world as the audience? Besides, just how worthless is a broom?


I’d like to see you sweep off a sidewalk with a delicate cleaning pad with citrus scent. Try cleaning up the wooden floor of a warehouse or fabrication building with your precious “dirt bunny trapping pocket technology”. How many pads would you have to go through, the whole box? I’ve not ever seen a shop length “handi-sweeper” either.


So that’s really the thing, these manual sweeps are for luxurious house use. You never see them out in the real world. Imagine going into the bathroom stall at a bar and trying to mop up the chili dog-tequila-beer back chaser-I just turned 21” puddle by the toilet with your swivel head broom-mop. Not gonna happen. In the industrial world the broom and mop reign supreme. There is no substitute. That’s why they’ve been around for two million years. If you want to get up your Chihuahua’s hair off your linoleum floor, sure go ahead and grab your fancy “sweeper”, but don’t come tell me that the broom and mop are inferior.


What about the witch? A broom has been a staple in her look for as long as there have been witches. You can’t have a witch trying to ride around on a sweeper, that’s preposterous! What about the famous scene from ‘Fantasia’ with Mickey and the brooms and the wizardry debacle? How stupid would it be to have it be full of bendy head sweepers? Pretty stupid.


A broom and mop have nostalgia. They’ve been with us and around us for the duration of mankind. There is an unspoken respect for the broom. It’s trustworthy, honest and always reliable. The mop has always been a staple of our culture for earning your keep, paying your dues and rolling up your sleeves to do the dirty work, the hard work and the work that no one wants to, but has to do.


Give all that up and what are you left with. Square house shoes on a stick, that’s what.


Egg On!

Ramblin’ Rooster


Written by Ramblin' Rooster

April 3, 2009 at 11:51 pm

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  1. Amen… how much does marketing encourage us to spend that we don’t really need??

    Corey Frisbee

    April 8, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    • Corey Frisbee, in answer to your question I would say 99%, especially when it comes to getting your house painted, (just kidding). I have to admit, I was a little disappointed to find out your web site wasn’t about avant-garde painting using frisbees. That would have been awesome! Thanks for commenting.

      Ramblin' Rooster

      April 9, 2009 at 3:12 am

  2. For some reason I find myself singing “Baby Come Back??”


    October 17, 2009 at 1:21 am

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