When is the last time you cleaned a vacuum cleaner?
Updated August 24, 2019 03:21:55 The word “vacuuming” may not conjure up a lot of memories for some, but the term is not a new one.
Vacuuming has been used since the time of ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, as well as for centuries in the West.
It was popularised in the 1960s by the American comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who used it to describe the experience of cleaning his vacuum cleaner in the 90s.
But in recent years, the term has become increasingly used by younger consumers to describe a new way of living in the 21st century, with the likes of Amazon Prime and eBay all offering customers the opportunity to rent and purchase vacuum cleaners.
“I love the word vacuum cleaner,” said Andrew Roussell, a 21-year-old from Canberra.
“It is a term that I am really fond of.
I am so used to the idea of vacuuming, and I like the word vacuums.”
In 2017, Mr Roussel said he bought a vacuum cleaners that were all “vintage and classic” and used them to clean his car.
“When I first bought my first vacuum cleaner I didn’t know what it was, and when I went into my garage I found it in a drawer,” he said.
“The drawer was full of old vacuum cleaners.”
While he didn’t immediately know that the vacuum cleaners were vacuum-cleaning devices, he had heard about them on social media and was intrigued.
“They had a nice little screen on them that showed a little little video of me doing my vacuum,” he recalled.
“And I thought that was cool.”
Mr Roussell said he enjoyed cleaning his car as a hobby and it was the first time he had done so professionally.
“My friends and I used to do the vacuum cleaner thing when we were kids, but I had no idea what that was,” he explained.
“We used to play video games and watch TV, and we used to clean cars, but it wasn’t really the way we did it at the time.”‘
Vacuum cleaning is about cleaning your car’Mr Roulsell said he also liked to clean the outside of his car, which had been left dirty by a recent cleaning and had become a big source of irritation to him.
“People have been using it as a cheap way to clean their car,” he added.
“But the thing is, it is not cleaning your house, it’s just cleaning the car.
You don’t need to do a lot to clean your car.”
Mr Jules said he used the term “vacs” to describe cleaning a vacuum and “bobs” to refer to cleaning the inside of a vacuum.
“You could vacuum the back of a car, you could vacuum a car and it is pretty easy to do, it just means you have a little bit of a brush on your hand,” he joked.
“Vacs are a lot better than Bobs.”
Vacuums have long been an essential part of Australia’s automotive fleet, with over half of the country’s vehicles being vacuumatic.
“There’s a lot more people who do vacuumes these days than when I was growing up,” Mr Jules noted.
“Now there’s a whole lot more kids and teenagers in our car fleet, and you see a lot less Bobs and vacuum cleaners now.”
Vacs in Australia, including those from eBay and Amazon, cost about $70.
A recent survey of consumers showed that while more than 80 per cent of Australians believed vacuum cleaners should be a part of their everyday lives, only 37 per cent said they were able to vacuamate their cars in their daily lives.