If you’re like me, you’re a busy person.  You dust, you vacuum regularly, but then afterward you notice that the vacuum couldn’t get that dust or minute debris, which could be anything from a dead bug body, a tiny pebble, small pieces of the kid’s cereal that got spilled, and so forth.

The thing is you don’t want to have to fiddle with the vacuum utensils every time you vacuum.  No matter how easy a vacuum manufacturer designs the use of those added tools—the long tube with the narrow slit meant to get into crevices and along the wall—it’s just not as convenient as you’d like.

As a result, the corners of any carpeted room tend to be, well, not as clean as the rest of the carpet.  There are times when you’d like to take care of the problem short of a full spring-cleaning.

Me too.

Recently annoyed with the dust that had been accumulating in a carpeted room where the furniture created corners that the vacuum couldn’t get at, and especially under some furniture low enough and just narrow enough that I couldn’t get a vacuum under it, I went and got my refrigerator brush.  It’s a long skinny brush.  Its purpose is to let one sweep under a refrigerator to keep dust from building up on the coils, which then makes the refrigerator work harder.

Taking this brush, I dragged it on the carpet under the offending furniture.  Immediately, I had great balls of dust.  Pulling the balls of dust off the brush and tossing them on the carpet where I could easily vacuum it up, I repeated the motion several times until dust no longer stuck to the brush, indicating that the carpet was dust free.

Along the walls, I dragged the brush first down the slight carpet crevice against the wall, until dust and debris started coming off the tip of the brush.  Then I would take the brush, which is against the wall, and move it in a sweeping motion toward me, to move the material out into the room.  Again, from time to time, I would have to remove material from the brush. 

When I was finished cleaning all corners, under the furniture, and along the walls, I had quite of bit of dust and material on the floor, out toward the middle of the room, which I was now able to vacuum up easily with the machine.

I no longer need to tangle with the vacuum’s tools anymore.  The refrigerator brush is easier to use, takes less time, and can be bent if needed to get into odd places, unlike the vacuum’s utensils.