Sep. 10th, 2010

zwol: ((mad) science)
We got ourselves one of those spiffy vacuum cleaning robots to help deal with our vast expanse of hardwood floor that has to be cleaned constantly or else the soles of our feet turn black with grime. It works great, except I have a couple of Persian rugs and the robot's brushes are destroying their fringes.

It seems like I could solve this problem with two flat strips of something, just wide and long enough to cover up the short edges of the rug. As long as the strips were heavy and non-skid enough that the robot couldn't move them, it should just roll over them and proceed to vacuum the rug itself (which most definitely must be vacuumed). I would put them down over each rug before running the robot in that room, and pick them up again afterward, so they don't need to be aesthetic.

The problem is I don't know what to make the strips out of, or how they should be shaped. My first thought was to use a couple of threshold plates, but it turns out that threshold plates are all made of light metal or plastic, and you're supposed to bolt them to the floor. That won't do. Then I went by the TAP Plastics retail front here in Mountain View and they didn't have anything remotely heavy enough either.

Can anyone suggest anything?

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