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Properly Maintaining Your Cleaning Tools

Dirt, bacteria, debris and odors can build up to an impenetrable level if brooms, mops and brushes are not cleaned properly after each use. The goal is to remove dirt and bacteria from every part of a cleaning tool that may come into contact with surfaces that are cleaned later.


It’s important to establish a routine, not only for cleaning the tools, but for their storage as well.


The Pros at Harper offer a few tips:


  • Basics. Clean brooms, brushes and mops after that day’s use. Never put a cleaning tool into storage until it's ready for the next day's project.
  • Brooms. Comb out broom fibers regularly to remove any debris. For more thorough cleaning, brooms should be cleaned every 2-3 months. After shaking out any loose dirt, remove the broom handle if it is threaded, and place the broom head in a bucket filled with an oxygen bleach powder detergent solution (see cleaning tips of “Scrub Brushes”). The solution is safe for straw or nylon bristles. After soaking in the solution for about 30 minutes, rinse the bristles with clear hot water then let air dry, standing the broom with the bristles in an upright position. Let the broom dry completely before using again.
  • Storage. Always use a holder to keep brooms stored off the floor or store with the bristles upright. If fibers are resting on the floor, they will flatten and reduce the cleaning effectiveness of the broom. For push brooms which have two handle holes in the block head (one on each side), change the sides often so fibers wear evenly.
  • Cotton Mops. After each use, rinse cotton mops in hot water and white vinegar. Repeat until water is completely clear. Then soak the mop head in lemon juice. DO NOT rinse. On a monthly basis, cotton mop heads should be laundered in hot water for a more thorough cleaning, using plain detergent. If laundering multiple cotton mop heads, each one should be washed in an old pair of pantyhose to avoid tangling. Hang to dry. To prevent bacteria growth, you'll want to make sure you're mop dries completely before storing. Wring out the cotton mop as completely as possible, and then stand the mop with the mop head up in a well ventilated area.
  • Scrub brushes. Brushes should be rinsed after every use and cleaned monthly. To clean thoroughly, remove any debris caught in the bristles using disposable gloves. For scrub brushes with wet/dry fiber bristles, fill a bucket with warm water and add 1/2 cup of powdered detergent, preferably an oxygen bleach powder; i.e., OxiClean™. Let the brush soak in the solution for a few minutes to break up any dirt. The oxygen bleach solution will also disinfect and deodorize the brush. 

NOTE: When a mop or scrub brush has been used for a really dirty or germy job, or used on a surface which can lead to cross-contamination, it needs to be cleaned immediately.

With proper care using a few of these tips, your cleaning tools will not only produce a better cleaning result, but will also have a more prolonged life, reducing costly replacement.

Make sure to check out Harper’s Pro-Perfected lineup. No matter how tough the cleaning challenge, there’s a hardworking Harper tool that will help you overcome it and do it efficiently. In addition to brooms, brushes and mops, Harper offers a wide range of cleaning accessories, too. Whether it’s a wet or dry job, you’ll have what you need to get the job done quickly and efficiently. 

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