The large angled head will make it easier for you to reach into corners or other difficult to sweep areas. It can also shorten the time you spend sweeping as the large head will guarantee that you cover more surface area.

The best material for a reusable dust mop head is microfiber, because it’s the most effective at attracting and absorbing dust, and it lasts the longest when cared for properly. Cotton is the worst option because it can rot, it stretches when washed, and it must be treated with chemicals to attract and hold dust. Synthetic microfiber blends have none of those drawbacks. The backing of the dust mop head can also be cotton or synthetic, and you’ll want a synthetic backing for the same reason—cotton stretches when washed and rots as bacteria consume the organic material.

And while it might sound ironic after mentioning the potential longevity of a broom, one should also not overlook how readily they can be disposed of and replaced. As mentioned, even the most expensive broom and dustpan set you are likely to purchase will cost only thirty or forty dollars at most; you can get several years of use out of the set and then dispose of and replace it.

We tested the Casabella against 13 other brooms by sweeping a half cup of flour, cat litter, and rice, and our pick was the most effective at sweeping all three types of debris. It left the least residue behind when sweeping up the tiniest particles of flour and litter, and was especially capable at getting dust up out of cracks in the floor. It was, simply put, the best sweeper we tested.

Our pick is wide angle, but most brooms are of a similar size so if you’re having issues with larger areas you might want to look into something like the dual-action dustmop we recommend above. Hope this helps!

The mounting brackets were not in the original package but customer service was very friendly and apologetic and sent them immediately. I love this rack. Make sure it is really solidly mounted though. I had a hard time getting the screws in so drilled the holes a little bigger – big mistake. The rack fell off the wall once it had tools on it. It has excellent storage capacity and versatility and is very solid. I want another one.

Even if you usually grab the vacuum when it’s time for some cleaning, it’s still worth it to have a broom and dustpan on hand as a backup or alternative. Not only can mechanical failure or a power outage curtail a cleaning machine’s ability to work as noted, but the loud noise of these devices can be a limiting factor as well. A broom’s sweep is all but silent, so you can do some cleaning even when others are sleeping, or when you yourself simply don’t want to hear a loud noise.

The kitchen is a pretty dirty place. We prepare all of our meals there, pets eat near the floor, and it is the prime hangout spot in most homes. For this reason, the floor gets pretty tore up in almost every instance. If you are using a regular broom to get it clean then you are working too hard. Save yourself incredible amounts of effort, and cut the time it takes in half. Your floor will be cleaner, and you will spend less time and energy to get it that way. You don’t need to struggle to sweep up any of those annoying messes, you just need a better tool. You can definitely find a broom for a cheaper price if you look at big box stores locally, but you will replace it sooner, and each time you use it, you will be expending extra energy and frustrating yourself for no reason. The next time you are looking to replace your current broom, try this one and you won’t be sorry. It is definitely the best broom for your kitchen, but it also works great on any other hard flooring surface, and it can even clean pet hair, or longer human hair, out of carpeting. It is tough enough to work outside on concrete without wearing down, yet gentle enough to be safe for expensive hardwood flooring too. Discover a faster and easier way to sweep, and have a high quality tool that will save you money because it lasts for years.

It’s OK if your broom gets wet, and in fact you should periodically clean its bristles with soapy water; a bit of laundry soap and hot water works well. It’s not OK if your broom stays wet, however. Bristles left wet for too long can curl or unravel, and can also experience a buildup of mold, mildew, or bacteria. Dry the bristles with a hairdryer on low, or simply leave the broom in a sunny, airy location with its bristles aiming down so the water can both drip and evaporate away.

Reusable microfiber mops offer a less costly alternative. Some microfiber mops use hook-and-loop tape to attach washable dry-mop pads to the mop face. Others replace disposable pads with reusable microfiber sheets. Use them on dry soil and to sweep up crumbs in the kitchen.

An excellent broom can move large debris like leaves or small gravel, but also sweep up fine particles and sand. It should be light enough to move easily (the brooms in our sample all weighed 5 lbs. or less), and have a sturdy handle that stays attached without coming unscrewed mid-sweep. Ideally, the handle can be replaced when necessary (because no handle lives forever).

The WOLF-Garten Outdoor Broom B40M ($23) is small for an outdoor push broom—it’s just 16” wide—and you’ll need to buy a $22 handle to go with it if you don’t already have a suite of WOLF-Garten tools. That brings the total cost to $45…plus the glue you’ll need to keep the handle from constantly shifting and clicking while you use the broom. Many Amazon reviewers are very happy with WOLF-Garten’s aluminum “Multi-Star” handle system, where a single pole with a push-button locking system attaches to a variety of different tool heads. But I found with the broom (as well as the WOLF-Garten rake I reviewed) that the handle attachment is loose and tends to rotate, wobble, and shift during use. It’s hard to work efficiently when it feels like the tool you’re using is going to fall apart at any moment. Eschew the Multi-Star for the galaxy of firm-handled brooms.

Do you remember when, early in the film, Amélie’s mother is shown polishing her apartment’s parquet with a pair of slippers? (It’s listed as one of the things Amandine Poulain likes, along with reorganizing her purse.) Well, a few years ago, I ran across a pair of these polishing slippers, and I must tell you that — unlike spying on shut-in neighbors, stalking strangers in photo booths, and playing mind games with co-workers like you have some kind of manic-pixie god complex — whimsical polishing slippers age just fine.

Old brooms can be revived if you trim off the broken, split ends of the bristles, but those broken, split ends may be better at picking up small particles, like flagged broom bristles, so think carefully about your priorities before you break out the scissors.

The presence of water often requires specialty cleaners. Depending on the content of the water supply, you may need to use limescale remover to treat hard-water deposits, or rust remover for reddish stains in areas with iron in the water supply. Handle these power cleaners with great respect, following the directions on the label.

I’m with you on not throwing dustmop cloths in with clothes… seems like a bad idea to me… I actually have yet to wash my dust mop cloth, because so far, I’ve done a good enough job of getting the biggest and baddest stuff with the regular broom+dustpan, so all I’ve had to do with the dustmop cloth to clean it is shake it out outside… but, eventually, it *will* need washing, and at that point, I think the best bet is to just put it on its own cycle or have a separate washbasin handy (which I don’t have, so I’ll probably just end up hand-washing it in the kitchen sink).

Reviewers on Garrett Wade praise the broom as “stiff” and “heavy duty,” using it to sweep wet leaves, snow, grass clippings and lawn debris of decks, floors, and brick walkways. It isn’t ideal for all heavy substances, one reviewer notes, “This is not ideal for pushing loads, as the metal clamps tend to break the bristles.” One reviewer was perturbed by the unfinished-wood handle, writing “Be prepared to wear gloves if your hands are damp or sweaty, or you’ll up with splinters.”

Let the mopped area dry. When you’re finished cleaning, give the floor between 30 minutes and 1 hour to air dry. If you’d like, you can open up the room’s doors and windows to speed up the drying process.

A beautiful lawn not only provides an appealing spot for kids to play or guests to relax, but also provides more curb appeal and adds to the value of your home. Be sure to pick up the hand tools, shovels, rakes and more that every gardener needs to maintain a lush and beautiful lawn and garden. Then, shop our specialty garden products to help your home garden really stand out. Give your lawn a bit of extra personality with a wooden potting bench, raised garden beds or forged trellises available at Ace. We also offer several types of kneelers and knee pads so you can stay comfortable and protected while getting your hands dirty.

The $29 Simplee Cleen Microfiber Household Mop was the second-best dust mop we tested, but it was only at its best when combined with the Legacy Household Chenille Microfiber Refill Pad, which it doesn’t come bundled with. (The two coarse blue pads it comes with are terrible at picking up dust.) The bright green chenille pad is as effective as the blue chenille side of our pick, and the Simplee Cleen has a sturdy, extendable handle and a Velcro frame that can attach to different cloths. But the hard Velcro teeth are built into the frame, so once they wear out—and based on our durability tests they will—you’ll have to buy a whole new dust mop, frame, handle, and all.