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We've got all kinds of nifty gadgets that have tried to replace our brooms, but the truth is that every home still needs a broom. A broom is a great tool for a quick pickup or an intense floor cleaning. Find out how to make your sweeping more effective and efficient.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Varies on the Size of the Floor

Here's How:

  1. Choose a Broom

    Find a broom that fits with your floor type. Smoother floors can get by with synthetic brooms. Rougher floors may need natural fiber brooms to be as effective. Choose a broom with an angled edge for cleaning under cabinets and in tight spaces. Make sure your broom is at a comfortable height, and not too heavy to manage.

  2. Find a Starting Place

    When sweeping a room, there are a couple of different methods. Some people like to walk the perimeter of a room, sweeping from the edges into a pile in the center. Others like to begin at one end of the room and move to the other pulling the dirt pile along with them, or eliminating the pile in sections. Choose a method and starting point that works for you.

  3. Start Sweeping

    Sweeping isn't a difficult motion to master, but try to keep continuous contact with the floor, without pressing the broom strands down into the floor. Begin on a section of floor away from your body and gently drag the broom towards your body. You can use short quick motions or long sweeping motions. Choose whichever better fits your sweeping style.

  4. Sweep Up Your Dirt Pile

    Sweep dirt into a pile. Sweep the dirt pile into a dust pan and then deposit it in the trash. Be careful not to dump the dirt too quickly, causing dust and dirt to billow back into your face, or onto your clean floor.

  5. Put Away Supplies

    Put away all of your supplies and be sure to clean your broom if needed. Hang your broom to prevent the bristles from becoming bent or damaged, or sit the broom upside down for storage.


  1. Avoid getting your broom wet. It damages the broom and shortens its life span.
  2. When washing a broom, make sure that it dries thoroughly upside down, to prevent bristles from being bent or damaged.

What You Need

  • Broom
  • Dust Pan
  • Trash Can
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