Think about all the things you sweep up on a regular basis: Food debris, pet fur, hair, dirt, bits of paper and dead skin. As a result, your broom can get pretty gross, so cleaning it regularly guaranties you’re not just pushing all that filth around your home. Here’s how to take it from filthy to filth-free!
How to Clean a Broom
You should regularly give your broom a light cleaning, according to Maids by Trade, a professional home cleaning company. You can do this by taking it outside and smacking it against a big tree or pole. You don’t have to smack it too hard, but this will help remove all that dust and any loose particles that were stuck in the bristles. Of course, don’t do this in a place where the breeze will blow the dirt in to your open windows.
For a deeper clean, place your broom in a bucket filled with warm, soapy water. Let it soak for 30 minutes (you can do this with synthetic or natural bristles). While the broom is soaking, wipe down the handle with a disinfectant. After 30 minutes, rinse the broom with warm water and place it bristle-end up to dry. It will drip water, so do this in the shower or place a rag underneath.
Maids by Trade notes you can cut down on spreading germs by having a separate broom for different areas of the house. Try using one for the kitchen, one for bathrooms and a third one for living areas.
To keep your broom in tip-top shape, store the broom upside down (so the bristles are up). This will help keep the bristles in the correct position and prevent them from bending.
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