You have probably been sweeping your floor wrong your whole life, expert warns

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 tells Popular Science, ‘I don’t love cleaning. I hate it,’ – and claims that her tips will help minimise time spent cleaning.

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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.