Cleaning equipment used to be pretty basic. If you wanted a broom, you would drive to the store and buy whichever model was available. Large discount chains might have carried two choices—blue or red. But times have changed. There are now thousands of cleaning tools on the market, all of which boast unique features. Most stores today carry numerous options. In light of this, which one should you select?
Your best bet for a broom depends on a few things:
- Where do you plan to sweep? Some brooms are gentle and best suited for indoor use in kitchens, hallways and areas with hardwood floors while others are specially designed for heavy-duty applications in workshops, garages and commercial locations. Brooms come in a range of sizes, from large, industrial-strength sweepers designed to clean filthy commercial areas to small, standard, modest household models. You might find it best to buy different brooms for various areas of your home to make sure you don’t track garage dirt onto your kitchen floors or bathroom dust bunnies into the nursery.
Most indoor brooms feature bristles made from synthetic materials which offer excellent flexibility and are densely packed together to easily grab fine dust particles along with larger chunks of debris. Classic straw or corn brooms are also used indoors and are best suited for sweeping up large materials. Because they handle large debris well, they make an excellent choice for clearing porches or walkways.
- How soft is your surface? For delicate surfaces that can be dulled and damaged, such as hardwood floors, you may want to consider purchasing a soft dust mop or gentle wide-bristled style, which is designed to gently clean without scratching. Rubber brooms work great as do microfiber tools which won’t scratch or mar the finish of your floors and often work better than traditional brooms.
- What is your budget? Brooms range in price from $3 for a hand-held straw model to thousands for an extravagant, artistic version made from folded dollar bills. Since so many options abound, you can likely find whatever you need at any given price point. The average brooms costs about $10 and should last for several months. Don’t make the mistake of keeping brooms past their prime as debris build-up can damage sensitive surfaces.
- Are environmental factors important to you? Brooms are constructed from a variety of natural and synthetic materials, each of which is suited to certain applications. All things being equal, you can choose to make your selection based on which models are made from Eco-friendly natural, biodegradable materials instead of man-made supplies. Cotton, for example, is a natural fiber while microfiber sweepers consist of very fine threads of man-made polyester and polyamide (nylon) that combine to form a single thread.
- Which special features matter most to you? Some people prefer thin-handled brooms or dust mops while others are more interested in versions that sport attached dust pans or hooks for easy storage. Consider these additional options:
- Bristles made from synthetic fibers can be easily washed and dry quickly.
- Brooms with densely packed bristles pick up more dust and dirt.
- Poly fibers with a split tip to ensure even the smallest particles are captured
- Brooms with an angled head can be used in tight corners
- A whisk and dustpan can be used to sweep up large dirt piles generated by push brooms
- Cotton-loop dust mops provide a larger surface area for dust to cling to
- Spray-on cleaning solutions used on dust mops can increase their efficiency
The bottom line is that,when it comes to choosing the right broom or dust mop, select the one that will meet your needs. If your commitment to keeping a clean home extends beyond your floors, you could benefit from professional housecleaning services. My Cleaning Lady is a domestic referral agency. The house cleaners we refer offer complete home cleaning services including thorough dusting at reasonable prices. My Cleaning Lady Referral Agency proudly serves Arcadia, Chino, Chino Hills, Duarte, Ontario, Pomona, LaVerne, Covina, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Montclair, Claremont, Phillips Ranch, Upland, West Covina, Glendora, San Dimas, and Sierra Madre. Visit http://www.mycleaninglady.com/or call (909) 593-6690 for information or to arrange a free estimate.