Brooms come in all types and configurations to deal with the differing challenges and various type floor surfaces. They can be made of natural fibers such as straw or hair or be synthetic. Each has benefits to consider.  Most of the following points apply to both push brooms and straw type brooms.

• Use the right broom for the right job. Example: a toy type lobby broom would not be appropriate for use sweeping up large quantities of outside soil.

• For inside use give serious consideration to plastic fiber brooms that can be washed without damage. A conventional straw broom cannot deal with the high moisture and will become growth media for mold and mildew.

• Consider disposable type natural fiber brooms for outside with the understanding that they can still become contaminated if exposed to the elements.

• Teach workers how to most effectively use a broom to clean corners and along edges.  Example:  A large bristle push broom might not be as nearly as effective along walls as a flexible softer type broom.

• Implement the practice of regularly washing all brooms with a mild detergent; then rinse and shake dry so that the next time they are used, you have a fresh, dust free tool.

• As to their companion, the dust pan, simply keep them clean.  Nothing is more unsightly than a soiled dust pan with dirt and matter caked on the pan and edges.

If you invest in a few minutes per day maintaining these basic tools, your crews can be more productive and professional. 

Your comments and questions are always welcome.  I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean…


Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678.314.2171 or