Your flooring is an investment. Therefore, you want to maintain its beauty for as long as possible. Sweeping daily helps get rid of dirt and debris that can damage your new floor.
But have you ever considered the type of broom you use? The wrong one can scratch your floor and dull the finish, leaving it damaged. Discover the best broom for your floor type.
A Broom that You Can Clean in the Washer
A microfiber dust mop
is a smart choice to clean hardwood, laminate, tile, or floors with an epoxy finish. You use a dust mop dry, versus wet. The microfiber material attracts dust with little effort on your end.
When purchasing, look for chenille microfiber. This material is denser with more loops. And chenille provides more surface space to attract more dirt. Consider buying a dust mop that has an extendable handle. This will allow you to dust your ceiling and ceiling corners, giving you two cleaning tools for the price of one.
Another benefit of a dust mop is it has a detachable head. This means you can throw it in the washing machine to sanitize it. You will always have a clean tool to use.
Sweeping Tile, Delicate Hardwoods, and Tight Corners
A polyvinyl broom
has softer bristles, making it ideal for floors that scratch easily, such as wood and some tile. Because the bristles taper with split fibers, this type of broom is perfect for grabbing finer dirt and debris.
Purchase one with an angled brush. This feature makes it easy to reach into corners, sweep underneath furniture and along baseboards.
When your broom has a buildup of dust and debris, take a towel and wipe down the bristles. Afterward, for an hour, soak your broom in a bucket with warm water and a few drops of dish detergent. Allow to dry out before storing.
A Broom for All Floors
A rubber broom
is a lifesaver, especially if you have pets that shed (or family members). Use it on hardwood, laminate, cork, or tile flooring. Even after vacuuming, you will be amazed at the hair this broom still picks up on your floor.
When using, pull the broom across the floor versus pushing. Pulling creates a static charge. The charge combined with the rubber attracts debris, dirt, and hair. What’s more, it is a versatile cleaning tool. You can use it to clean hair off of your carpet and upholstery.
Because the head is rubber, you can wash it with soap and warm water, making it a cinch to clean.
The Classic Straw Broom and its Best Uses
High traffic areas such as your kitchen and hallways attract more dirt. If your floor does not have a finish on top, a straw broom
is perfect for sweeping up larger bits of dirt and debris. You’ll also benefit from the design which allows you to get into tighter corners and spaces. Plus, it holds up well when sweeping patios, porches, and sidewalks.
But do not use straw on hardwood floors or tile, as the bristles will scratch and dull delicate surfaces. And do not use this broom to clean wet areas. When wet, straw harbors mold and mildew growth.
Sweep Up Messy Spills
There are many versions of wet/dry brooms
to choose from, but Wallybroom
is a standout choice! It is a broom and squeegee
in one tool. It also comes with a dustpan that attaches with a magnetic connection to the broom handle, meaning you will never have to search for a dustpan in an emergency spill.
This is a must have cleaning tool, especially if you have little ones or pets in your household. And it is safe on all floor surfaces, as the bristles are made of PET plastic.
Depending on the tool you need, all you do is turn a knob to select which side to use. And the dustpan has a deep chamber and a flexible lip that seals against a surface. In one trip you can clean up a spill with ease, without using paper towels or touching any mess. Imagine cleaning up broken glass with liquid, and how much easier and safer it will be.
Because the broom is 15 inches high, you can easily wash your broom and dustpan in the sink with some dish detergent and warm water. Also, the compact size makes it easy to store.