Quickly and efficiently remove dust and debris
When it comes to keeping your home or workshop free of dust, dirt and other
debris, nothing is more useful than a broom or dust mop. 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. Before you make a decision, take a few minutes to learn more about
your options and ask yourself the following questions:
Brooms, Dust Mops, Selection and Features
While there are a number of different types of brooms and dust mops available, the one you choose will depend largely on what type of surface you are trying to care for, how large the debris is that you are sweeping up and your personal preferences. Brooms come in a range of sizes, from large, industrial-strength sweepers to standard, household brooms. They can be constructed from a variety of natural and synthetic materials, each of which is suited to certain applications. Dust mops are another solution for keeping floors clean and clear of dirt and other debris. Whatever your needs, the large selection of available models guarantees you'll find exactly what you're looking for.
Brooms: Brooms are basic tools that everyone should have in their arsenal of cleaning supplies. Yet, while they are very basic in concept, they come in a surprisingly wide array of types and styles. Most indoor brooms feature bristles made from synthetic materials that offer excellent flexibility and are densely packed together to more easily grab fine dust particles along with larger chunks of debris. Classic straw or corn brooms are also used indoors and are best suited to situations where you are sweeping up larger materials. Because they handle larger debris well, they make an excellent choice for clearing off your porch or front walkway. There are a number of specialty brooms as well, such as push brooms designed for both indoor and outdoor areas. These feature a larger head and can cover more area in a shorter amount of time.
Dust Mops: While brooms push dirt around, dust mops actually attract
and collect dirt on their surface. After you are done cleaning, the mop is
shaken to release and discard anything it has captured. Dust mops usually
consist of a base or frame that has a soft cover. Traditionally, covers have
been made of cotton, but more recently, microfiber materials have become
increasingly popular. They tend to do a better job of attracting and retaining
dirt particles and can be removed, laundered and reused a number of times
before needing to be replaced. Replacement covers are widely available for
most major brands when the old one has worn out or become ineffective. The
handle of a dust mop is mounted on a swiveling joint that makes maneuvering
around objects and getting into tight spaces a breeze.
Selection: When it comes to choosing the right broom or dust mop, be
sure to select one that is designed to meet your needs. Consult the chart
below for an at-a-glance summary of some of the available types and their
|Type||Uses and Points to Consider|
|Cotton Dust Mop||
|Microfiber Dust Mop||
Wall-Mounted Storage: Look for brooms and dust mops that can be easily mounted on a wall for simple storage and convenient access. Some units may even include special hardware that allows you to simply snap your broom or mop in place.
Spray-On Treatments: Use special cleaning solutions on your dust mop to increase its effectiveness and ensure that it captures more particles for a dirt-free floor.
Collapsible Dust Mops: Special collapsible dust mops are great for everyday cleanup tasks. They usually use disposable cloths which can be either wet or dry to accommodate different situations.
Whisk Broom: Whisks are small handheld brooms that are great for quickly sweeping dirt into a dustpan. These are a good accessory to have on hand when using larger push brooms.
Dust Pan: Many brooms come complete with a dust pan, but they can also be purchased separately. They are available in a variety of sizes and are typically made from plastic or metal. If you have back problems that make bending over difficult, look for dust pans attached to a long handle that allows for convenient upright use.
Purchase replacement covers for your dust mop so you always have one on hand when it is needed.
If your broom doesn’t include a dustpan, be sure to pick one up.