Miss Sally sent me out to get a broom and dustpan. I wandered up and down the broom and dustpan isle for an hour and used a series of tests and scientific studies to determine the best broom and dustpan combination. In the end, I picked the prettiest set.
The broom is sold by Clorox, but made by an Italian company calledMelody. Italians have been picking up the pieces for hundreds of years, so I didn’t think I could go wrong.
In short, this dustpan is wretched. It breaks the very first law of dust collection which I believe is, “Thou shall not impede the path of the dust into thy pan.” The dustpan’s #1 job is to simplify the transition of the dust from floor into the pan collection area. This is usually done with a ramp (fig 1) or inclined plane if you are into simple machines. Innovative Dust Scientist began putting rubber strips on to the edge of dustpans so that the flexible edge would mold to the floor and allow more debris to go up and into the pan.
The biggest problem with any dustpan is that the front edge can keep dirt from entering the pan. The best dustpan in the world would have a one atom thick, flexible edge. But I also think that would make it incredibly sharp and it would slice up the linoleum. Most dustpan manufactures create a flexible edge with a low profile.
Clorox decided to go a different route. I think that their dustpan is so pretty that they do not want it to get dirty, so they created a three tiered, front edge that keeps dirt from getting up and into the pan.
Dirt battles its way over the first edge, only to be met by the second edge. Even if it makes it past that second edge, there is a slope that it must overcome.
What’s really funny is that the backside of the dustpan does have a perfectly smooth ramp. I guess the technology is so secret that they had to hide it on the underside.
Since this product sucks as a dustpan, I thought I might provide some situations where its design would be helpful.
Beaches at Normandy
USA / Mexico Border
Police Stop Sticks