Since the invention of leaf blowers and vacuum cleaners very few people give any thought to brooms. Yet sweeping is an effective and power efficient way to corral dust and debris. And, let’s face it, the more tasks that you can do without power the better. Not only is sweeping inexpensive, it’s quiet and a bit of a workout if you have a lot to do. Like all things household or handy it goes a lot better if you have a good technique and good tools.

Good tools, i.e. brooms

There is a surprising number of broom types. Not just house broom, yard broom and hand broom. There are various materials in both bristles and handles. They come in different shapes and sizes for different uses. Home Stratosphere has a sweeping article on broom types. Pardon the pun but it is a very thorough, it includes a table of contents, an FAQ and covers decorative and wedding brooms. Go and have a look, it’s a surprisingly interesting read.

Good technique

Now, your mind is a whirl of broom facts and history and you’re ready to do battle against the dust bunny legions. What next? What’s your strategy? Josh Quittner over at Remodelista has a battle plan for you. Developed in the war against cleanliness of student accommodation, his techniques will give you a plan of action that you can adjust to suit your space. Give it a read, it’s amusingly written even if you prefer vacuum cleaners to brooms. He also has a strategy for dealing with that last stand of dust that the dustpan leaves.

Beyond Brooms

In conclusion sweeping is a useful skill no matter your situation and can be good for you as well. The quiet repetitiveness of the task can be meditative and if your’re doing a large area it counts as light exercise.   If you’re looking to recharge your broom stock come and visit us

Are you interested in more tools? Have look here. If you’re in the mood for more productive dirt, try this.

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