Have you swept your house and ended up with a pile of rubbish stuck in a corner of your kitchen – or staring at the dreaded ‘line of dirt’ next to the dustpan?
You might have been sweeping your house all wrong, according to Melissa Maker, author of Clean My Space: The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster, and Loving Your Home Every Day.
Maker says that the first step is to ensure your broom is in good shape – and not looking spiky.
She says, ‘The idea is the bristles should be one-directional.’
She says that the key part is to sweep strategically, breaking a room down into small sections, which you sweep with ‘short, deliberate strokes’ – with the end goal being to sweep towards the exit, not into a corner.
When you finish a section, sweep the dirt into the dustpan and get rid of it, rather than sweeping it into a big pile in the middle.
And the line of dirt? Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to sweep it up: instead, Maker says you should mop it up with a damp paper towel.