Now as all sensible people know, there is no domestic vacuum cleaner on the planet that would not have had a blocked pipe from an attempt to remove the traces of said slipper through the seemingly quick vacuum method. So I reached for my trusty broom.
I thought I would just do a quick sweep and then a follow up with a vacuum but it appears the broom on its own managed to remove an awful lot of dog hair, dust and slipper.
I had always scoffed at the inefficiency of using a broom to clean a carpet when I lived in Zimbabwe. But looking at my clean carpet now and the large ball of slipper, hair and dust in the pan, I am not so sure. The advantages of the ancient broom and sweeping method are that there is no need clean a thousand filters, or spend hours with a skewer or tweezers removing unwanted items that have lodged in the bend. They are cheap to replace at a mere 15ish euros as opposed to the hundreds one could spend on a vacuum cleaner (probably manufactured by someone who does not have the same political view as yourself ;)), and they very ecological, if you buy the natural material ones, and environmentally friendly as the only electricity charge is for boiling the kettle to recharge the operator. They also give you a pretty good aerobic workout for free.........well actually for the cost of a clean floor:) Looks like a win win situation all round.