The ordinary household broom
will last twice as long, if care is taken of it, as it will if it is just
used anyhow. When it is new, before using it, put it in a pail of hot
water and let it remain there until the water is quite cold. Then
thoroughly dry--in the sun if possible. Always clean it after sweeping, by
dipping in water and shaking well before putting it away and occasionally
give it a thorough washing in hot soda water.