An old-fashioned broom is a home cleaning staple. Brooms are inexpensive, and because they rely on elbow grease instead of technology, there is no fear of your broom breaking down in the middle of cleaning day. Brooms are great for sweeping up broken glass and dirt on hard floors. It’s important to hold your broom correctly and move gently in order to protect your back from pulled muscles and strain.

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Clean up dry messes quickly with an upright broom.

Step 1

With the broom upright, place your dominant hand halfway down the stick or as far down as your hand will go without bending your back. If you are using a push broom, hold the handle about a quarter of the way down from the tip of the stick or where the handle meets your hip bone without bending your back.

Step 2

Hold the top of the broom with the opposite hand, about a hand’s length down from the tip of the stick.

Step 3

Walk back and forth, moving only your arms in a controlled motion. Make contact between the bristles of the broom and the hard floor, and gently gather dirt and debris into a central area.