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Broom Care Tips

Martha Stewart Living, October 2009

Keep your broom in fine working order for many years by following these tips.

Tip 1
Some moisture is good for a corn broom. Periodically sweeping dewy grass -- or rain or snow off steps -- will clean the fibers and keep them supple.

Tip 2
To maintain the shape of your broom, hang it on a wall or store it upside down.

Tip 3
If the bristles become splayed, submerge them in warm water for 30 seconds. Then wrap a rubber band around the bottom, and hang the broom for a day or two. When you remove the band, the bristles' form will be restored.

Tip 4
Add a rubber tip, such as a cane tip, to the handle of the broomstick. It will protect your walls from marks and help keep the broom in place between sweeps.

Tip 5
Clean the bristles by running them over a stiff edge, such as a deck stair or a front stoop.