Buying Guide

Best Mops and Brooms for Cleaning

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.

Types of Brooms and Dust Mops
Description Feature/Benefits
Cotton - Dust Mops 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 Mop - Dust Mops 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
angle brooms 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 brooms 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
corn brooms 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
Palmyra - Brooms 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