We eliminated 12 dust mop heads that failed our flour test or didn’t hold up well in the wash. We tested each of the three finalists again with sifted flour and washed them one more time before long-term testing them all for several months in an apartment with two cats. The long-term tests revealed which dust mop could go the longest between cleanings, which could hold the most dust overall, and which ones held up best over multiple washings.

Anyone in Canada find anything similar here? Bed, Bath & Beyond sells Casabella but not this broom. O’Cedar is supposed to be the same as Vileda but they don’t seem to carry a dust mop like this. Help!

The cleaner does not have to have a bucket of water with him/her when sweeping the floor, but simply carries an appropriate number of mops. This means the weight of the equipment can often be kept lower.

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Generally, we found more bristles and a denser broom head to be more effective than a sparse-bristled broom. But individual bristle stiffness and length also played a part in the overall texture of the broom—long, soft, floppy bristles fling dust around rather than making a neat pile, whereas thick, stiff bristles can’t reach into cramped corners. We were looking for a Goldilocks broom: as dense as possible, not too soft, and not too stiff. Just right.

Change your mop pad as necessary. Unlike with traditional string mops, you’ll need to replace your cloth mop’s pad multiple times during the cleaning process. You’ll know it’s time for a new pad when your current 1 starts to leave behind dirt and other forms of residue.[14]

Professional dry mops consist of a flat sheet of microfiber textile or sheets with a surface of looped yarn, usually about 15 cm (6 in) wide, and comes in variable lengths (usually 30–100 cm (12–39 in)).

Harper brooms: made in the USA, very soft, densely packed, flagged bristles, wide head. Takes the place of a dust mop for me. Available at independent hardware stores like Ace, Do It Best, True Value, etc. More expensive but last a long time and have replaceable, wooden heads. Quality and performance, the best brooms I’ve used.

If the ends of your broom’s bristles have grown frayed or are too dirty to clean — having come into contact with some substance like motor oil, paint, and the like — you can breathe new life into the broom by giving it a haircut, so to speak. Use a good pair of sharp scissors to trim away a half inch or so of the end of the bristles and you should be left with a broom that’s essentially as good as new, albeit a bit shorter.

Replace any furnishings you removed from the area. Once the floor dries completely, replace any objects you removed earlier. If necessary, clean the bottoms of your chairs, tables, and similar furniture items with a wet paper towel to avoid tracking in dirt and dust.[15]

After using the above criteria to narrow down dozens of products from our three main categories, we called in and tested 14 brooms (seven of which have dustpans), 12 dust mops, 15 different dust mop heads, and 10 dustpans (eight of which come with a brush). Testing started in the fall of 2014 and, hundreds of hours later, is still ongoing as of spring 2015. We’re ready to pick our favorites, but will continue testing these picks for months to come.

Next, the trickiest part of the project, I measured and marked where to attach the hinged top. To make the hinges align with the handles in the wood crate, simply measure to find the middle of each crate, above the handle.

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Does anyone here still use the old-fashioned type of broom for sweeping indoors? I’ve got hardwoods throughout most of my house, with Saltillo tile in the kitchen and ceramic tile in one bathroom. I find it so much easier to just get out the regular ol’ broom and sweep up messes (we’ve got 4 cats, so messes are frequent!), but am wondering if there’s a difference in the types or brands of brooms. I saw a program recently featuring a broom craftsman – a gentleman who makes brooms by hand (of broomcorn?) and he said that they’re still the best for sweeping, and that the brooms with synthetic bristles are inferior. I dunno, but I’d sure like opinions on the best broom out there if anyone has an opinion to share!

Cleaning Tip: Use your Wonder Mop to clean ceilings. I use mine regularly to clean mold and mildew from my bathroom ceiling. It is easy with the long handle. It is light weight, and wringing is a snap. No more messy hands or dry skin from bleach water.

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