Tom McNulty, a Minneapolis-based housekeeping expert and the author of Clean Like a Man, uses an old-school corn broom on his wood and tile floors. The big, natural bristles sweep more area per pass than synthetic brooms and grab more than a vacuum. He skips the dustpan, instead sweeping everything right over the threshold into an adjacent carpeted room. “Then I vacuum the carpets,” he says. “This eliminates the inevitable powdery debris that dustpans just can’t catch.”
To buy: Mr. Clean deluxe corn broom, $21.50, amazon.com.
This is Melissa Maker’s, the founder of the Toronto-based cleaning company Clean My Space, must-have for small vacuuming jobs—high or low. An extension pole makes it versatile. She says, “Beyond floors, I’ll use it for stairs and upholstery. It has strong suction and a charge that lasts 20 minutes, so you don’t have to stop midway through.” Donna Smallin Kuper, an organizing pro based in Mesa, Arizona, is also a fan: “The floor attachment has a swivel head that’s amazing for tight spaces, like those in the bathroom.”
Here’s Smallin Kuper’s go-to device for disinfecting hard floors and freshening carpets. The steam (which reaches 248 degrees Fahrenheit) lifts dirt and grime, while the microfiber pad wipes it all up. A bonus: “Steam cleaners sanitize with water alone,” she says. “So you don’t have to worry about traces of cleaning chemicals if you have small children crawling around on your floors.”
O-Cedar Microfiber-cloth Mop and Quick-Wring Bucket
With a machine-washable microfiber head, this mop reduces streaks and drying time for hardwood floors, says Maker. “And the bucket’s slotted wringer means that you don’t have to get your hands dirty,” she says.