Brooms and Dust Mops

Keep your home or workshop free of dust, dirt and debris with a broom and dust mop

Brooms and Dust Mops

Brooms come in a variety of styles and are constructed from a diverse range of materials. Some types are best suited for indoor use in kitchens, hallways and other areas that contain hard floors. Others are specially designed for heavy-duty use in workshops, garages and commercial locations. 

For more delicate surfaces that can be dulled or scratched, such as hardwood floors, you may want to consider a dust mop.

This buying guide highlights the different types of mops and brooms available, along with selection considerations.

Brooms

Brooms should be a cleaning tool staple in every home

  • Most indoor brooms feature bristles made from synthetic materials that offer a dense pile to easily grab fine dust particles along with larger debris.
  • Classic straw or corn brooms are best suited to situations where you are sweeping up larger materials.
  • There are some specialty brooms, such as push brooms, that are designed for both indoor and outdoor areas. They feature a larger head and can cover more area in a shorter time.
  • Broom handles can be made from wood, plastic or metal and come in varying lengths. Some offer screw-in capability.
  • Brooms with an angled head can be used even in tight corners.

Dust Mops

Dust mops attract and collect dirt on their surface pads, making clean up a breeze

  • Dust mops consist of a base or frame that has a soft cover made of cotton or microfiber that captures dirt.
  • The covers can be removed, laundered and reused a number of times before needing to be replaced.
  • The handle of the dust mop is mounted on a swiveling joint that makes maneuvering around objects and getting into tight spaces easy.
  • They are best suited for surfaces that require a gentle touch, such as hardwoods.
  • Use spray-on cleaning solutions to increase the efficiency of dust mops.

Selection

Choose brooms and dust mops based on your cleaning needs, and having more than one is recommended

Type Uses and Points to Consider

Cotton Dust Mop

  • Can be treated with cleaning solutions to attract more dirt
  • Fibers collect dirt and dust which must be shaken loose
  • Usually has replaceable pads that fit around a frame
  • Available in both small, residential models and larger commercial ones
  • Swiveling handle makes maneuvering easy
  • Ideal for hardwood floors and other surfaces that can be scratched and dulled

Microfiber Dust Mop

  • Microfiber attracts a larger number of dirt and dust particles
  • Microfiber cloths can usually be washed and reused a number of times

Poly-Vinyl Broom

  • Kitchens, hallways, bathrooms and other indoor areas
  • Synthetic bristles are generally more flexible
  • Bristles that have split fibers capture finer particles
  • Broom heads with an angular cut get into corners more easily

Push Broom

  • Large rectangular heads range from 24 – 60 inches wide or more
  • Good for sweeping out larger areas, such as workshop or garage floors
  • Larger broom heads are best for industrial or commercial applications
  • Look for a unit that allows the handle to be attached in either direction for more even bristle wear

Straw/Corn Broom

  • Natural bristles tend to be thick and rigid
  • Better for sweeping up large bits of dirt and debris
  • Can be used indoors in kitchens, hallways and more
  • Ideal for sweeping off sidewalks, porches and other outdoor areas

Wet/Dry Broom

  • Usually has thicker bristles spaced farther apart
  • Used to scrub floors as well as remove larger bits of debris
  • Often designed for indoor and outdoor use
  • Good on workshop, garage or basement floors
  • Can be made of natural materials, such as palmyra fibers, or synthetic materials, such as rubber