Cleaning shop floor with magnets.
Magnetic window cleaning tool - GIF
Magnetic doorstop - GIF
Magnet paper for revealing location of magnets inside devices - GIF
I have a magnet designed for this purpose of picking up iron swarf off the floor. The use of a plastic jug bottom is good, as removing fine material from the exposed magnet is a PITA.
I machine plastics as well non ferromagnetic materials. That coupled with a rubber mat system with holes, makes for extra fun clean up. I typically hand pick up the larger swarf, then vacuum the dust and small turnings.
Yes, chunks certainly in the pit below table and outside perimeter. I recall the oxidized dust piling in drifts everywhere else. It's like graphite, except abrasive and must be semi-spherical shape, because heavy parts slide nicely over it. Closest similar material is glass bead blast media, just as hard to sweep.
...we'll learn more by wandering than searching...
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