Broom Cleaning

by Karen Bates
(last updated July 14, 2014)

There are many tools for cleaning that we use regularly. Some are needed everyday, and others less often. Thanks to this equipment, we can complete cleaning tasks quickly and easily. Brooms, mops, dusters, vacuums, and other tools are all useful for achieving our regular cleaning chores.

You might not think too hard about these items. They are so ordinary that you probably don't ever consider that they might need maintenance to keep them working correctly. But in fact, sometimes the cleaning tools we use all the time need to be cleaned themselves.

The broom is likely the most common and most often used cleaning tool. This piece of equipment is used for floors, outside on the patio or deck, to reach dirt or dust in high-up corners, to get at dirt near baseboards, and numerous other uses. Brooms are used all the time for many different tasks, but you probably never considered that you might need to clean them.

When it comes to broom cleaning, there are a few different tactics you can use. Depending on what you normally use the broom for and how dirty is, you might need to try various methods. For instance, if you use your broom to sweep outside, it will be considerably dirtier than a broom that only sweeps the kitchen floor.

To get your broom really clean, try these ideas:

  • Are there any clumps of dirt, hair, or debris stuck in the bristles? Remove these before you wash the broom.
  • Soak the broom in floor cleaner diluted with water for several minutes or an hour. This will help clean off dirt that may be stuck deep in the bristles. Rinse off when done and let the broom dry before using again.
  • Another option is to use a brush and some soapy water, and scrub the broom to remove stuck-on dirt, then rinse and dry.
  • Try cleaning your broom in the bath. Run warm or hot water from the faucet in the tub, and use the water to rinse off the bristles well. Use some soap if you like for extra cleaning power.
  • If the ends of the bristles are really frayed, you might want to trim them with a pair of scissors so they look new again.

With a few minutes of cleaning and some time to dry, your broom can go from filthy to like-new. Next time your broom starts to look a little worn and dirty, try cleaning it instead of replacing it.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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