When my vacuum broke, I remembered how my former housekeeper would clean the upholstery with a damp cloth. So, I used my sponge mop on all carpets and rugs. It picked up piles of hair, leaves, dust, and gave the rugs a freshly-steamed appearance. I was thrilled. The sponge mop is cheap, readily available, lightweight, quiet, energy efficient, user-friendly and easily stored (no hauling out, emptying bags/canisters, or plugging in a vacuum), and the results are pleasing.
While it may not totally replace a vacuum sweeper, please try this. I also used it on very filthy carpeted basement stairs, preceded by a brooming. This works fantastically on stairs. And did I mention quiet?
By Mary from Kensington, MD