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A broom in the kitchen is an incredibly useful and important tool to have around. Choosing a broom isn't as simple as stopping by the store and picking up the first one you see. Purchasing the right broom can easily help keep the room neat and tidy, which in turn will help keep hungry insects away.
A hand-held broom and dust pan is best for small cleanups, such as if a single food items drops and leaves a small mess. This combination is also small enough to fit almost anywhere from under a cabinet to behind the garbage can. Make sure to clean the dust pan often to remove any leftover sticky material so bugs don't consider it a feast.
An electric kitchen broom is powerful enough to work well on floors. This is usually the easiest of cleanups as the crumbs and debris get sucked right into the broom where it's possible to clean it out at a later date. More often than not it will come with a small charging station or a charging cord, so after using it, it is best to charge it so it works at full capacity. This can be the best option for those who have back problems, as it requires less bending while cleaning.
A kitchen broom that has a long rectangular head is useful for reaching under cabinets where many crumbs can build up and often go unseen. The edge of the brush can also fit right against baseboards. Many of these brooms will have a removable head to change it when it no longer works its best.
The typical kitchen broom is one that has straight bristles typically made from straw. It works for basic duties, such as a quick sweep of the floor. The bristles often give minimal resistance when pressed against the floor and, if used too roughly, may bend in several directions and cause the broom to not work properly. Considering its shape, it is usually not best for reaching into hard-to-reach areas or small crevices without careful maneuvering.
Similar to the typical kitchen broom, the broom with an angle cut is better for cleaning against baseboards and in smaller areas. The angle is on one side of the broom to give it an asymmetric appearance. The bristles are typically shorter than those of a regular broom and are often made of synthetic materials.
When choosing a kitchen broom, it is important to consider the layout of the room and the places where debris typically builds up. Ease of use is also vital. Kitchen brooms are relatively inexpensive so convenience should be more of a factor then price.
An electric broom? Like a Roomba or similar, I suppose. Yes, I wish I had one, along with an electric, remote controlled mop and steam cleaner.
However, since none of those are an option, I say get a broom that will last for a while. I like straw brooms, but if they're poorly made, they can start getting curved in one direction, which makes them less effective at sweeping. I found one with nylon bristles several years ago, and I'm pleased with it. It seems to be sturdy and has lasted a good long while. I think I got my money's worth from it.
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