Small Broom, Small Broom, Small Broom

By David Godfrey June 8th, 2020

Small broom, small broom, small broom…who doesn’t love a small broom?  There is something extremely satisfying about sweeping and immediately seeing the results of your labour.  Unfortunately, the janitorial world forgets about the importance of the small broom.

Brooms have been around in different forms for centuries.  Originally brooms were homemade bundles of twigs, grasses, husks, or whatever natural fibre could be gathered nearby.  Innovation is always there, right in front of us, it only takes the right person to realize it.  In 1797 Levi Dickenson, a Massachusetts farmer, made a broom from the husk of a corn like grain plant called sorghum.  His wife loved the broom so much she told all the neighbours about it.  Gives credence to the saying “behind every great man is a woman!” doesn’t it?

Levi continued making brooms and as demand grew, he tinkered on a machine that built a better made broom faster than he could by hand.  Although the industrial age was upon us, it was good old-fashioned skills that marked the next broom milestone.  In the mid-1820’s the religious order Shakers, made a round broom flat using a weave of wire to help keep its shape.  The only major change that came after is the introduction of synthetics and mass production.  Are synthetic brooms better than natural fibre brooms?  It’s personal preference but a bit of a moot point with the dominance of cheap synthetic brooms.  

Small broom, small broom, small broom…the chant that can change a poor sweep into a great sweep.  It is sometimes too easy to take the easy road with sweeping.  You’ve seen it, the cleaner holding a broom just enough so they both don’t fall down.  Maybe you see them casually strolling along at a pace that would put a winning smile on a turtle.  Or maybe you have seen the cleaners who believe a dust mop will miraculously do all the sweeping along the edges or the corners.

This is where the small broom saves the day.  A dust mop is great at pushing dust and debris but has limited effect on edges and corners.  That is because the flat square surfaces of a dust mop just roll the dust along an edge and do not have the ability to effectively get into corners.

Small broom, small broom, small broom…to the rescue in 3-easy steps.  

Hint 1.  Small broom the edges and corners!

Use the small broom to sweep out from the edges and corners so the dust mop can more easily sweep up all the dust and debris.

Hint 2.  Do not go slow – please!  

There is no need to beneat or precise, all you are doing is sweeping the debris out away from the edges and corners.

Hint 3.  Don’t clean the clean, clean the dirt!  

Unless you are sweeping a very high traffic area you should perform the small broom sweep on a periodic basis.  For example, every other day or once a week depending on foot traffic and debris build up time.  

Hint 3.  Let technology help you!  

Using a validation app such as FotoFinish will ensure that your cleaners do the job they are supposed to do by providing supervisors and business owners photo proof that edges and corners are getting cleaned.

The broom has undergone several changes over the centuries but one thing never changes – the broom is only as good as the person using it.

FotoFinish keeps cleaners accountable, yielding reduced supervision costs while improving cleaning results across multiple sites.  

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