How to Effectively Use Water Brooms
Water brooms are very useful and effective tools for clearing areas. They can work on floors, walls and even roofs. Think of them as a type of pressure washer although one that also offers the advantages of a broom. With water brooms areas can be cleaned far more quickly than they could be just using a hose, for instance, and the clean can be deeper and more thorough.
Step 1 - Water Pressure
Unlike pressure washers, where the power comes from the flow of the water through the hose, water brooms don’t rely on high water pressure to work effectively. The water and the broom parts work together to clean. It’s important that water brooms are used on surfaces that can drain properly. These can be concrete floors where there are drains, for instance, or on roofs and gutters. Anywhere that the water can drain away easily is good for water brooms. Keep the pressure relatively low. Water broom can be used with long extension handles to clean walls and roofs.
Step 2 - Setting Up
Depending on the area to be cleaned with water brooms you might well need a long hose. It should be long enough to allow you to reach the entire area with water brooms. For areas that aren’t easily accessible use extension handles on the water brooms. For floor areas keep the handle short but ensure that the hose will extend far enough. It’s important to have a constant flow of water through the broom in order for it to clean effectively.
Step 3 - Using the Broom
Once the water is flowing through the broom properly, allow it to wet the surface. Begin to push with the broom, pressing down with some force in order to clean effectively. However, if you’re cleaning a roof you’ll move the water brooms backward and forward, letting the water run down to the gutter. Exert as much pressure as possible to give the deepest possible cleaning.
It’s important not to have too much water flowing. It’s there to dampen the ground and make the action of the broom more effective. On the floor, sweep as you would with a regular broom, but move all the dirt and debris toward the drain area. Don’t allow the debris to go down the drain, however, as this will simply clog the drains.
Step 4 - Clean Up
Once you’ve covered the whole floor or roof area, turn off the water. Go back and use the broom on the area again. It will allow you to move more debris as well as any excess water. Move everything toward to drain, or gutter when working on a roof.
On the floor, have a dustpan and plastic bags handy to scoop up the debris. Unhook the hose from the water brooms and let any water drain out before rolling up the hose. Leave the area to dry completely before letting people walk on it.