In general, well-selected good-quality tools pay for their extra cost in their efficiency and in the time and energy they save.
Brooms: Fiber brooms cost more than those of broomcorn, but last several times as long and are more satisfactory to use. A good broom has comparatively few split ends, and these splits should be short. When stored, these brooms, like others, should be hung or rested on the end of the handle. Tampico fiber brooms have about 4″ of tough vegetable fibers extending from a hardwood block.
Brushes: Brushes are useful because they tend to gather and hold dust instead of scattering it. To stop old brushes from shedding, apply lacquer to the base, with an oil can, then allow it to harden.
A few simple principles should be followed in the care of brushes. All of them should frequently be washed using warm water and soap, rinsing thoroughly in clear water, and shaking to straighten the bristles or fibers. Brushes twisted in wire should be hung to dry, those set in wood blocks should be dried with the bristle side down, so water will not soak into the wood. All brushes should be hung on hooks when not in use.
You can read: The Cleaning Plan – Part One
FLOOR BRUSHES of the best quality for household use are made of grade-A horsehair, with full tufts stapled firmly in the hardwood block. In most brushes, the handle can be changed from one side of the block to the other each week, so the hair will wear down evenly.
RADIATOR BRUSHES that have the greatest usefulness are long-handled, cylindrical in shape, and made of bristles twisted in rustless wire. Those tapered toward the end get into the corners with less manipulation; those with flared ends are somewhat more expensive. Upholstered brushes are made with bristles or hair. Venetian-blind brushes of the best quality are made of gray or white goat hair twisted in rustless wire. Toilet bowl brushes that are easiest to keep sanitary are made of stiff bristles or Tampico fibers wrapped in rustless wire, in either circle or ball shapes. Scrub brushes usually are made of palmetto fibers, but it may be more sanitary to use the Tampico fiber brushes and replace them when the fibers soften and mat.
POLISHING BRUSHES for use on waxed floors are of two types, the electric and the hand operated. Both have stiff vegetable fiber stock for polishing. Hand-polishing brushes have textures set to great blocks weighing about 5 to 15 lbs.
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WAX APPLICATORS may be cotton yarns twisted in wire or lamb’s wool which can be detached from a block for cleaning. The latter absorbs less wax.
Mops: Mops should be washed in suds as often as necessary to keep them clean and sanitary, then rinsed and dried in the sun. Dry mops, including those of the ‘dustless’ type, require washing. Mops should be hung by the handle when not in use. Wet mops come in a variety of style. The cheapest, called yacht mops, have yarns wire around a handle. Some are devised so they may be wrung without putting the hands in water. Others have yarns held in a clamp. If stray ends of yarn are kept trimmed, baseboards are not so easily splashed. Some dry mops have a spring to facilitate dusting and shaking. Triangular mops are popular because they cover as large a floor space as the oval mops and are easier to push into corners.