Store brooms gently and clean

Even if a broom is actually a crude mechanical sweeping tool, finer particles of dirt such as hair, threads and dust flakes always get stuck in the bristles. Most brooms can be shaken out and hand-wiped cleanse well. Sticky or stubborn caked dirt can be brushed off.

Prevention avoids heavy pollution

In general, a straight and not depressed bristle position on brooms is the best precaution against the dirt pickup and deposition. If the bristles remain freely movable and unbent, any tilting and jamming of dirt by knocking or shaking it off after each use can be easily removed.

In order to give the broom the greatest possible self-cleaning power, some storage and usage rules should be heeded:

  • Hang the broom and do not put it on the bristles. If it is placed on the bristles, align as straight as possible and ideally change the overlay side again and again.
  • Never use the broom on damp floors or for wet and greasy soils. Sweep puddles and precipitation residues outside only with special outdoor and street brushes with synthetic strong brushing.

Cleaning tools and aids

The most common type of soiling is the matting of dust and hair between the bristles. In most cases, scraps can be removed by finger-wiping and shaking. As an aid for stubborn flakes and lint, there are several comb tools.

A broom rake, which is also known as Bohnerreiniger, consists of a handle with a head through which a number of nails are driven offset. A small metal plate perforated with holes for the nails clamps on the shaft ends of the nails. After combing out the bristles of the broom, the metal plate dissolves all dirt residues in the "nail forest" by pulling it down.

Helpful may also be a mane and Striegel comb from the equestrian accessories. The wide spaces between the tines allow an effective combing out of the broom bristles.

Each rectangular edge can be used to strip the bristles. After repeated changes of direction, the loosened dirt is knocked out or shaken out.

Tips & Tricks

Natural bristles can be "pimped" by simple means. Now and then place the bristle head in a lukewarm bath of water and a point of sal ammoniac. Water with a lube or soap or detergent is best if your broom bristles have got sticky dirt.

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