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As I write this, it is snowing in front of my house in eastern Pennsylvania. Once again. It’s been snowing for so long it’s almost weird – except we say, “Where are we taking this stuff anyway?” Stage many days ago and it’s still falling. What I know this snowfall means is that pretty soon my husband will be putting on his coat and boots and going outside to sweep him up. Because a broom – if you have the right one – can be even better than a shovel if you have a few inches of the powdery material.
In the right conditions, sweeping instead of shoveling can be more efficient and a lot easier on your back. To start with, you need a broom with hard bristles, e.g. B. a push broom or a corn broom. like this one. ON Brooms with soft bristleslike the one you’re likely to sweep your kitchen with might work in a pinch, but they’re not as effective on textured surfaces like sidewalks and driveways.
Sweeping up snow works better with dry, powdery material than with heavy, wet material. It works best if you get to it before it gets more than two or three inches, as after that point it becomes too heavy to wipe away efficiently. And it’s best to sweep it up before going through it because once you’ve gone through it, you have started packing it up. We have a corn broom that works especially well on our porch, steps, and walkway to our home, all of which can be cleaned up in just a few minutes.
Push brushes are also a good tool for removing large amounts of snow from the top of your vehicle. Just be sure to just slide on the snow so those tough bristles don’t do their job too well and scratch the paintwork.
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When you’re done, don’t forget to save your broom with the bristle on the end to avoid unwanted bends that will shorten the life of your new favorite snow removal tool.