The place where I sit is full of crumbs of things I eat. The cleaner was kicked out due to some theft, So now no cleaners. I don't have any vacuum (cannot afford one) that I can ask to clean the carpet where I have my chair. How can I make my space clean from cereal/chip crumbs on the carpet?

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    Buy a vacuum cleaner. – ajeh Aug 17 '17 at 13:48
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because house(office)keeping =/= home improvement. – isherwood Aug 17 '17 at 14:11
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    "I am here to work" - Your duties specified in your employment contract probably do not mandate eating something at your desk every day. You could do your eating elsewhere. If the mess you make offends you, it is probably appropriate to take responsibility for the mess you create and do something yourself to prevent it or to clean it up. – RedGrittyBrick Aug 17 '17 at 14:21
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    Possible duplicate of diy.stackexchange.com/questions/7963/… – Niall C. Aug 17 '17 at 14:32
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    A dog will pick up the crumbs for you. Of course, then you have the problem of removing dog hairs instead. – Andrew Morton Aug 17 '17 at 14:56

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You will need to use a brush and a dustpan. Apparently tough bristles and short quick strokes are the key. Of course you won't get the carpet completely clean but you can remove all the crumbs and debris that you can see or feel.

I use this method to clean the carpeted stairs in my house because my vacuum cleaner is too bulky to rest on a step. Here is a picture of the kind of brush I use: precision scrub brush

It's called a "precision scrub brush" but if you buy it from a store where they know it by that name you're probably paying too much for it. Just look for it in the cleaning supplies section of your local discount store.

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I take some packing or masking tape and make a loop, sticky side out, and sized so it will fit around my slightly spread fingers. Then I roll it back and forth across the carpet like bulldozer tracks, spreading my fingers slightly to control and tension it. It takes a knack (or single-direction running) to prevent it unraveling. When it's full, I turn it inside out or wrap it in a paper towel, throw it out and do it again.

However if I filled up a typically 2"x8" tape, I would instead confront the fact that I have poor eating skills, or are choosing crumbly snacks... and make changes accordingly. Or just go into the breakroom and eat over the sink. Otherwise unfortunately without the cleaners, visitors will soon start making judgments!

One reason for poor eating skills is your mind is not on the eating, it is on whatever else you are doing. That sort of habitual, mindless grazing is a recipe for obesity. And that is not worth it, considering that you hardly enjoy the food that way.

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If you are going to eat at your desk, as is true as you do eat SOMEWHERE, at your home and anywhere else, use a plate, a bowl, etc. Keep paper towels nearby. As you buy the food to eat, you also should be buying utensils to eat with as appropriate. Some bleach cleaner, lysol, paper towels, etc. are things you should own at home, and it sounds like you should own some at work, or bring it in from home every other day.

As far as not being able to afford a vacuum and as odd as it may sound, bring yours in from home. Does work own one that is in a utility closet? Did you ask? If you are that hard up, borrow a family members or friends. It is your mess, so you might actually impress your bosses bringing something in to deal with it. It certainly is not the employers or cleaning crews job to clean your blatant mess. Imagine if you are offended by it, your cohorts most likely are too. Have they said something? The employer and their contracted service personnel are there to clean and keep the place tidy. In the course of doing their cleaning, your mess might get cleaned up, but it is still not their job. Things happen in the course of day to day work that need to be cleaned up, but it is seriously improper for you to "make a mess and leave it for someone else". This applies to all of us in every facet of our lives. If this was one crumb, or a few, then you probably wouldn't be asking, because even small crumbs can be cleaned up with bare hands, or a damp/moist towelette.

Take pride in your work area, and set an example for others to follow. In time it could be something that earns you a promotion even if its never spoken of.

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