GB2403893A - Vacuum cleaner attachments for removing hair - Google Patents

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GB2403893A
GB2403893A GB0316714A GB0316714A GB2403893A GB 2403893 A GB2403893 A GB 2403893A GB 0316714 A GB0316714 A GB 0316714A GB 0316714 A GB0316714 A GB 0316714A GB 2403893 A GB2403893 A GB 2403893A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47LDOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47L13/00Implements for cleaning floors, carpets, furniture, walls, or wall coverings
    • A47L13/10Scrubbing; Scouring; Cleaning; Polishing
    • A47L13/28Polishing implements
    • A47L13/282Polishing implements mounted under footwear
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43BCHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR
    • A43B13/00Soles; Sole and heel units
    • A43B13/02Soles; Sole and heel units characterised by the material
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43BCHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR
    • A43B3/00Footwear characterised by the shape or the use
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43BCHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR
    • A43B3/00Footwear characterised by the shape or the use
    • A43B3/16Overshoes
    • A43B3/163Overshoes specially adapted for health or hygienic purposes, e.g. comprising electrically conductive material allowing the discharge of electrostatic charges
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43BCHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR
    • A43B7/00Footwear with health or hygienic arrangements
    • A43B7/36Footwear with health or hygienic arrangements with earthing or grounding means
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43DMACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT OR METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING OR REPAIRING FOOTWEAR
    • A43D999/00Subject matter not provided for in other groups of this subclass
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47LDOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47L9/00Details or accessories of suction cleaners, e.g. mechanical means for controlling the suction or for effecting pulsating action; Storing devices specially adapted to suction cleaners or parts thereof; Carrying-vehicles specially adapted for suction cleaners
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47LDOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47L9/00Details or accessories of suction cleaners, e.g. mechanical means for controlling the suction or for effecting pulsating action; Storing devices specially adapted to suction cleaners or parts thereof; Carrying-vehicles specially adapted for suction cleaners
    • A47L9/02Nozzles
    • A47L9/06Nozzles with fixed, e.g. adjustably fixed brushes or the like
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47LDOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47L9/00Details or accessories of suction cleaners, e.g. mechanical means for controlling the suction or for effecting pulsating action; Storing devices specially adapted to suction cleaners or parts thereof; Carrying-vehicles specially adapted for suction cleaners
    • A47L9/02Nozzles
    • A47L9/06Nozzles with fixed, e.g. adjustably fixed brushes or the like
    • A47L9/0673Nozzles with fixed, e.g. adjustably fixed brushes or the like with removable brushes, combs, lips or pads

Abstract

Vacuum cleaner attachments are provided for removing hair from floor coverings without choking the suction pipe of the vacuum cleaner. The attachment comprises hair engaging means for removing hairs from a floor covering and a connection for connecting the attachment to the vacuum cleaner such that the hair engaging means is completely outside the suction area of the vacuum cleaner cleaning head. The means may be in the form of a strip, block or roller on whose surface, hair engaging means is mounted. In the preferred embodiment the means has a plurality of hair engaging members which are hooks or tines such as those provided on the well know hook-and-pile fastening Velcro (RTM). An example is shown in figs. 6 and 8 where the engaging means 50, 60 trails behind the cleaning head.

Description

ATTACHMENT, VACUUM CLEANER, KIT AND

METHOD FOR HAIR REMOVAL

This invention relates to an attachment, a vacuum cleaner, kit and method for removing hair from a floor covering.

It is common for vacuum cleaners to be provided with carpet brushes the bristles of which encircle the suction opening of the vacuuming head of the vacuum cleaner. To spare the carpet these bristles are usually made of horsehair or similar material. The suction opening may also be bordered by strips of velour.

Accumulated dust and hair trapped by the bristles or velour will tend to choke the suction pipe of the vacuum cleaner.

United States patent application US 2002/0032949 describes a carpet cleaning brush for removing hair from carpets or rugs. The brush has a brush body for receiving bristles, the bristles being in the form of an angle of arc. The brush body may have a suction connection so that particles of dust can be separated from the hair by a vacuum cleaner. For the dust to be separated from the hair the hair must be within the suction area produced the vacuum cleaner. Therefore, accumulated hair will tend to choke the suction connection of the brush or the suction pipe of the vacuum cleaner.

A first aspect of the invention provides an attachment for a vacuum cleaner, the attachment comprising: hair engaging means for removing hairs from a floor covering when the attachment is moved across and in contact with the floor covering; and a connection for connecting the attachment to the vacuum cleaner such that the hair engaging means is substantially outside the suction area of the vacuum cleaning head of the vacuum cleaner.

It will be appreciated that the hair engaging members can also be used to remove fur, feathers, fluff and other debris from the floor covering.

It will be appreciated that the term "suction area" used herein means an area within which material experiences suction from the vacuum generated by the vacuum cleaner.

Providing the hair engaging means outside the suction area of the vacuum cleaning head gives the advantage that hair removed from the floor covering by the hair engaging means will not be pulled toward the suction pipe of the vacuum cleaner and therefore the hairs will not choke the suction pipe.

It will be appreciated that the term "floor covering" used herein covers, for example, carpets, rugs, mats, tiles, linoleum and floor boards.

In an embodiment of the invention the attachment comprises a substantially flat surface, the hair engaging means being disposed on the flat surface.

Having the hair engaging means on a flat surface allows the hair engaging means to come into contact with a large surface area of the floor covering.

The attachment may comprise a strip with the flat surface defining one side of the strip. Alternatively, the attachment is a block with the flat surface defining a face of the block.

In an embodiment of the invention the attachment comprises a roller, the hair engaging means being disposed on the outer surface of the roller.

The roller may be substantially cylindrical. Alternatively, the roller could be substantially spherical or include a plurality of substantially spherical parts.

The use of an attachment that is in the form of a roller allows the attachment to be easily moved across the surface of the floor covering.

In an embodiment of the invention the attachment is for a vacuum cleaner that has wheels and the attachment is arranged to be fitted over the wheels or to replace the wheels. In this embodiment it is preferable that the attachment comprises a tube, the hair engaging means being disposed on the outer surface of the tube.

Fitting the attachment to the wheels of the vacuum cleaner allows the weight of the vacuum cleaner to act through the attachment and press the hair engaging means onto the floor covering. This will make the hair engaging means more efficient at collecting hairs from the floor covering.

This is particularly advantageous when the floor covering is a deep pile carpet.

In another embodiment of the invention the attachment comprises one or more caterpillar tracks with the hair engaging means being disposed on the outer surface of the caterpillar tracks.

Preferably, the hair engaging means comprises a plurality of hair engaging members.

Preferably, the hair engaging members are orientated substantially perpendicular from a surface of the hair engaging means.

Orientating the hair engaging members substantially perpendicular to a surface of the hair engaging means has the effect that the hair engaging members are orientated in a substantially perpendicular direction to the floor covering when in contact with the floor covering. Having hair engaging means orientated in this manner provides for efficient hair collection.

Preferably, the hair engaging members are hooks or tines.

Preferably, the hair engaging members are substantially composed of an electrostatic material.

The use of hair engaging members that are composed of an electrostatic material will cause the hair engaging members to become charged when moved across the surface of a floor covering. The static charge on the hair engaging members will attract hairs.

Preferably, the hair engaging means is Velcro@, or the like Preferably, the hair engaging means is disposable.

Preferably, the connection is a removable connection to the vacuum cleaner.

Preferably, the removable connection is reconnectable to the vacuum cleaner.

A removable connection that is re-connectable to the vacuum cleaner allows the attachment to be disconnected from the vacuum cleaner after a period of use (for example, so that hairs may be removed from the hair engaging means) and then reconnected to the vacuum cleaner for further use.

The attachment may be connected to the vacuum cleaner so that it in normal use the attachment either leads or trails the suction area of the vacuuming head of the vacuum cleaner.

Preferably, when the attachment is connected to the vacuum cleaner, and the vacuum cleaner is in normal use, the attachment trails the suction area of the vacuuming head of the vacuum cleaner.

When a vacuum cleaner is in normal use the vacuum cleaner is moved in a backward and forward motion by the user of the cleaner. It will be appreciated that the term "attachment trails the suction area" means that the attachment follows the suction area of the suction head when the suction head is moved forward, i.e., when the suction head is moved away from the user.

Having the attachment trailing the suction area has the effect that loose hairs on the floor covering will tend to be sucked up by the vacuum cleaner on the first forward stroke of the vacuuming head. This will reduce the amount of hair collected by the attachment. Consequently, the frequency that the attachment needs to be cleared of hair will be reduced and the amount of use before the attachment needs to be disposed of will be increased.

The attachment could be in front of, or to the side of, a head of the vacuum cleaner (or of course behind it).

In an embodiment of the invention the connection is a pivotable connection.

A pivotable connection will allow the attachment to be moved across a floor covering that has an uneven surface without the hair engaging means losing contact with the floor covering.

The pivotable connection could be a hinge.

Preferably, the pivotable connection is a universal joint, for example a ball and socket joint.

In an embodiment of the invention, the connection is a mechanical coupling, for example, one or more clamps, clips or screws.

In an embodiment of the invention the connection is adhesive.

Preferably, the adhesive is glue.

A second aspect of the invention provides a vacuum cleaner to which is connected the attachment of the first embodiment of the invention, or a vacuum cleaner incorporating an attachment according to the first aspect of the invention.

It will be appreciated that the invention covers a vacuum cleaner which is manufactured so that the attachment is an integral part of the vacuum cleaner.

In one embodiment of the vacuum cleaner, the vacuum cleaner comprises a body which contains a dust collection section, wherein the attachment is connected to the body.

Preferably, the attachment is connected to the underside of the body.

Connecting the attachment to the underside of the body allows a large attachment to be used, for example an attachment having an area substantially similar to the area of the underside of the body, without significantly increasing the size of the combination of the vacuum cleaner and the attachment.

In one embodiment of the vacuum cleaner the attachment is connected to the vacuuming head of the vacuum cleaner.

A third aspect of the invention provides a kit for removing hair from a floor covering, the kit comprising a plurality of attachments, each of the plurality of attachments being an attachment according to the first aspect of the invention Preferably, the kit comprises instructions for connecting the attachments to the vacuum cleaner and/or using the vacuum cleaner to which one or more of the plurality of attachments have been connected.

Preferably, the kit comprises a pair of soles to be worn by a user of the vacuum cleaner, the soles having hair engaging means for removing hairs from the floor covering when the user walks across the floor covering.

The kit having the pair of soles provides a user of the vacuum cleaner with two ways of removing hair from a floor covering: firstly by use of the attachment connected to a vacuum cleaner; secondly by use of the soles having the hair engaging means. These two ways of removing hair from a floor covering may be employed simultaneously when vacuuming the floor covering.

A fourth aspect of the invention provides a method of cleaning a floor covering comprising: connecting the attachment of the first aspect of the invention to a vacuum cleaner; and moving the part of the vacuum cleaner to which the attachment is connected across the floor covering.

It will be appreciated that the optional features discussed in relation to any aspect of the invention may apply to all aspects of the invention.

Embodiments of the invention will now be described in more detail by way of example with reference to the accompanying drawings, of which: Figure 1 is a schematic view a conventional upright vacuum cleaner; Figure 2 is a schematic view a conventional cylinder vacuum cleaner; Figure 3 is a schematic underside view of the vacuuming head of the cylinder vacuum cleaner illustrated in Figure 2; Figure 4 is a schematic illustration of a surface of an attachment; Figure 5 is a schematic side view of a strip attachment; Figure 6 is a schematic view of the vacuum head illustrated in Figure 3 on which a number of attachments are connected; Figure 7 is a schematic view of a block attachment; Figure 8 is a schematic view of the cylinder vacuum cleaner illustrated in Figure 2 on which a number of attachments are connected; Figure 9 is a schematic view of a roller attachment; Figure 10 is a schematic view of a wheel attachment; Figure 11 is a schematic view of the underside of a sole; and Figure 12 is a schematic view of a shoe having the sole illustrated in Figure 11.

Figure 1 is a schematic view a conventional upright vacuum cleaner 10.

The upright cleaner 10 has a vacuuming head 12, a body 16 connected to the vacuuming head 12 and a handle 20 connected to the body 16. The body 16 contains a dust collection chamber 18. The underside of the vacuuming head 12 has an opening 24 that is connected to the dust chamber 18 by a suction conduit 26. In use the opening 24 in the vacuuming head provides a suction area such that material within the suction area is pulled towards the suction conduit 26 and the dust collection chamber 18.

Wheels 14 or rollers 14 are disposed on the underside of the vacuuming head 12 to assist the movement of the upright cleaner 10 across a floor covering.

Figure 2 is a schematic view a conventional cylinder vacuum cleaner 11.

The cylinder cleaner 11 has a vacuuming head 12 and a body 16 connected to the vacuuming head 12. The body 16 contains a dust collection chamber 18. In use, the body 16 is generally horizontal and may be dragged behind a user of the cleaner 11. The underside of the vacuuming head 12 has an opening 24 that is connected to the dust chamber 18 by a suction conduit 26. The suction connection 16 comprises a flexible tube 22 that is connected to the dust collection chamber 18, and a rigid tube 21 that is connected to the flexible tube 22 and the vacuuming head 12.

Figure 3 is a schematic underside view of the vacuuming head 12 of the cylinder vacuum cleaner 11.

The rigid tube 21 allows the user of the cylinder cleaner 11 to control the motion of the vacuuming head 12 over the floor covering. The rigid tube 21 also allows the user to exert downward pressure on the vacuuming head 12 so that the vacuuming head 12 is pressed onto the floor covering.

Figure 4 is a schematic illustration of a surface 30 of an attachment for connection to a vacuum cleaner 10, 11. The illustration of the surface 30 is not intended to imply any limitation on the shape of the attachment of which in part the surface 30 defines. Disposed on the surface 30 is a large plurality of hooks 32. The hooks 32 are orientated in a generally perpendicular direction to the surface 30. Conveniently, the hooks 32 are provided by a piece of Velcro@. The hooks 32 engage hairs present on a floor covering when brought into contact with the hairs. As the hooks 32 are moved across the floor covering the hooks 32 will lift the hairs engaged by the hooks 32 from the floor covering.

Figure 5 is a schematic side view of a strip attachment 40 for connection to a vacuum cleaner 10, 11. The strip attachment has the plurality of hooks 32 on one side and an adhesive connection 44 on the other side.

The adhesive connection 44 allows the strip 44 to be connected to the underside of the vacuuming head 12 of a vacuum cleaner 10, 11. The strip 44 is particularly suited for connection to the vacuuming head 12 of the cylinder vacuum cleaner 11 since the vacuuming head 12 of this type of cleaner is not spaced from the floor covering by wheels 24 and the strip 44 can easily be pressed onto the floor surface for effective hair removal.

Figure 6 is schematic view of the vacuum head 44 of the cylinder cleaner 11 on which the strip 44 has been connected. The arrow F indicates the direction of pull caused by the suction of the vacuum cleaner 11 when the vacuum cleaner 11 is operating.

The adhesive connection 44 may comprise glue. Alternatively, the adhesive connection 44 comprises a Velcro. strip for connection to a complementary Velcro strip that has already been stuck to the vacuuming head 12.

It will be noted that the Velcro@, or tines, which comb the hair in a carpet, are disposed outside the plan projected head of the vacuum cleaner.

Figure 7 is a schematic view of a block attachment 50. The block attachment 50 has a plurality of hooks 32 on one side for engaging hairs on a floor covering.

Figure 8 is a schematic view of the cylinder vacuum cleaner 11 with the block attachment 50 connected to the underside of the body 16 of the cleaner 11. In this case the block attachment 50 has an adhesive connection 44, similar to that used for the strip attachment 40, the opposite side of the block 50 has the plurality of hooks 32.

The block attachment 50 may be configured with a height h such that the plurality of hooks 32 come into contact with the floor covering when the block attachment 50 is fitted to the body 16 of the cleaner 11.

Alternatively, the block 50 may be connected to the underside of the body 16 of the cleaner by a height adjustable connection which may be adjusted so that the hair engaging means on the base of the block 50 comes into contact with carpet. Another option is to have a layer of flexible foam or rubber between the block 50 and the underside of the body 16 of the cleaner. The foam/rubber layer would act as a spring to hold the hair engaging means against the floor covering.

Figure 6 illustrates the block attachment 50 connected to the vacuuming head 12 of the upright cleaner 11. The block attachment 50 is connected on the trailing edge of the vacuuming head 12, that is, when the cleaner 11 is operating the attachment 50 is in the downstream direction of the suction caused by the cleaner 11 as indicated by the arrow F. The block attachment 50 is connected to the vacuuming head 12 by a pivotable connection. The pivotable connection may be one or more hinges 42 or a universal joint.

The block attachment may also be connected to the trailing edge of the body 16 of the cylinder cleaner 11 via a pivotable connection.

Figure 9 is a schematic view of a roller attachment 60. The roller attachment 60 has the plurality of hooks 32 on its outer surface for engaging hairs on a floor covering.

The roller attachment 60 is for connection to the forward or trailing edge of the vacuuming head 12 of the upright vacuum cleaner 10, the forward or trailing edge of the vacuuming head 12 of the cylinder vacuum cleaner 11, or to the forward or trailing edge of the body 16 of the cylinder cleaner 11.

Figure 8 schematically illustrates a cylinder vacuum cleaner 11 having a roller attachment 60 connected to both the body 16 and the vacuuming head 12 of the cleaner 11 and a block attachment 50 connected to the underside of the body 16. It will be appreciated that the cylinder vacuum cleaner 11 can be deployed with only one attachment or with any combination of attachments. Additionally it will be appreciated that the roller attachments 60 can be replaced by block attachments 50.

Similarly, it will be appreciated that the block attachment 50 illustrated in Figure 6 can be replaced by the roller attachment 60, possibly mounted beneath the body 16. More than one roller attachment may be provided.

Figure 10 is a schematic view of a wheel attachment 70. The wheel attachment 70 has a tube 72 for fitting over the wheels 14 of a vacuum cleaner 10, 11. Disposed on the outer surface of the tube 72 is a plurality of hooks 32.

The tube 72 may be made of any suitable material such as cardboard, plastic or a metallic material. If the wheel attachment is to be disposable then it is preferable that the tube 72 is made of cardboard.

The strip attachment 40, the block attachment 50, the roller attachment 60 and the wheel attachment 70 may all be removed from the vacuum cleaner 10, 11 to facilitate the removal of hair from the attachment 40, 50, 60, 70 by the user of the cleaner 10, 11. The attachment 40, 50, 60, 70 may then be reconnected to the vacuum cleaner 10, 11. Alternatively, the attachment 40, 50, 60, 70 may be removed from the vacuum cleaner 10, 11 and disposed of and a new attachment 40, 50, 60, 70 fitted.

The attachment 40, 50, 60, 70 may be removed from the vacuum cleaner and connected to a pole by, for example, a pivotable connection (eg a universal joint). This will allow the attachment to be used like a broom or brush to access awkward areas such as underneath furniture or the corners of a room.

Figure 11 is a schematic view of the underside of a sole 80. The underside of the sole 80 has a hair engaging means. Preferably, the hair engaging means is the plurality of hooks 32 as described with reference to Figure 4. Normally, two of the soles 80 are worn as a pair on the feet of a user. The hooks 32 remove hair from the floor covering when the user wearing the soles walks across the floor covering. When the soles 80 are worn by a user operating the vacuum cleaner 10, 11 having one of the attachments 40, 50, 60, and 70 two methods of hair removal from a floor covering are being employed simultaneously. That is, both the hooks 32 of the soles 80 and the hooks 32 of the attachment 40, 50, 60, and 70 act to remove hairs when the user is vacuuming.

Figure 12 is a schematic view of a shoe 80 having one of the pair of soles 80 attached.

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1. An attachment for a vacuum cleaner, the attachment comprising: hair engaging means for removing hairs from a floor covering when the attachment is moved across and in contact with the floor covering; and a connection for connecting the attachment to the vacuum cleaner such that the hair engaging means is substantially outside the suction area of the vacuum cleaning head of the vacuum cleaner.
2. The attachment of claim 1, wherein the attachment comprises a substantially flat surface, the hair engaging means being disposed on the flat surface.
3. The attachment of claim 2 comprising a strip, the flat surface defining one side of the strip.
4. The attachment of claim 2 comprising a block, the flat surface defining one face of the block.
5. The attachment of claim 1, wherein the attachment comprises a roller, the hair engaging means being disposed on the outer surface of the roller.
6. The attachment of claim 1, wherein the attachment is for a vacuum cleaner that has wheels and the attachment is arranged to be fitted over at least one of the wheels.
7. The attachment of claim 6, wherein the attachment comprises a tube, the hair engaging means being disposed on the outer surface of the tube.
8. The attachment of claim 7, wherein the tube is constructed substantially from cardboard.
9. The attachment of any previous claim, wherein the hair engaging means comprises a plurality of hair engaging members.
10. The attachment of claim 9, wherein the hair engaging members are orientated substantially perpendicular from a surface of the hair engaging means.
11. The attachment of claim 9 or 10, wherein the hair engaging members are hooks.
12. The attachment of any one of claims 9 to 11, wherein the hair engaging members are substantially composed of an electrostatic material.
13. The attachment of any one of claims 9 to 12, wherein the hair engaging members are substantially composed of a plastic material.
14. The attachment of claim 13 wherein the plastic material is nylon.
15. The attachment of claim 14 wherein the hair engaging means comprises Velcro@.
16. The attachment of any previous claim, wherein the hair engaging means is disposable.
17. The attachment of any previous claim, wherein the attachment is arranged for removable connection to the vacuum cleaner.
18. The attachment of claim 17, wherein the attachment is re- connectable to the vacuum cleaner.
19. The attachment of any previous claim, wherein the hairs are pet hairs.
20. The attachment of any previous claim, wherein the floor covering is a carpet.
21. The attachment of any previous claim, wherein when the attachment is connected to the vacuum cleaner, and the vacuum cleaner is in normal use, the attachment trails the vacuuming head of the vacuum cleaner.
22. The attachment of any previous claim, wherein the connection is a pivotable connection.
23. The attachment of claim 22, wherein the pivotable connection is a hinge.
24. The attachment of claim 22, wherein the pivotable connection is a universal joint.
25. The attachment of claim 24, wherein the universal joint is a ball and socket joint.
26. The attachment of any one of claims 1 to 21, wherein the connection is a releasable mechanical coupling.
27. The attachment of claim 26 wherein, the mechanical coupling is one or more of: a clamp; a clip; and a screw.
28. The attachment of any one of claims 1 to 21, wherein the connection is adhesive.
29. The attachment of claim 28, wherein the connection is glue.
30. A vacuum cleaner to which is connected the attachment of any previous claim.
31. The vacuum cleaner of claim, wherein the attachment is connected to the body of the vacuum cleaner.
32. The vacuum cleaner of claim 31, wherein the attachment is connected to the underside of the body.
33. The vacuum cleaner of claim 30, wherein the attachment is connected to the vacuuming head of the vacuum cleaner.
34. A kit for removing hair from a floor covering, the kit comprising a plurality of attachments, each of the plurality of attachments being an attachment according to any one of claims 1 to 29.
35. The kit of claim 34 comprising instructions for connecting the attachments to the vacuum cleaner and/or using the vacuum cleaner to which one or more of the plurality of attachments have been connected.
36. The kit of claim 34 or 35 comprising a pair of soles to be worn by a user of the vacuum cleaner, the soles having hair engaging means for removing hairs from the floor covering when the user walks across the floor covering.
37. The kit of claim 36, wherein the soles are attachable to footware.
38. The kit of claim 36 or 37, wherein the sole is provided as part of a pair of shoes.
39. The kit of claim 38, wherein the pair of shoes is a pair of slippers.
40. A method of cleaning a floor covering comprising connecting the attachment of any one of claims 1 to 29 to a vacuum cleaner; and moving the part of the vacuum cleaner to which the attachment is connected across the floor covering.
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