Sweep or Vacuum Hard Flooring

Vacuum versus Broom Everyone has his or her preferred methods of cleaning hard floors, but what is the most efficient and effective technique? Are you Team Broom or Team Vacuum?

If you want to learn the best way to clean your non-carpeted flooring and the pros and cons of vacuuming and sweeping the floor, look no further. We’re here to settle the debate of broom vs. vacuum. Ready? Let’s go!

Sweeping the Floor



There are probably very few households that don’t have a broom and dustpan on hand. In fact, little kids often have miniature versions that they play with growing up. The broom is just a part of life for most people. But is it as effective a cleaning tool as we think?

Advantage Team Broom



Team Broom takes the lead in the following ways:

  • Can clean up immediately, without having to search for attachments
  • Quiet, so you can use any time of day or night
  • Never have to worry about your broom needing a new bag or belt
  • Inexpensive and requires little to no upkeep
  • No special attachments needed
  • Takes up less closet space
  • Doesn’t rely on electricity
  • Can easily fit into hard-to-reach places, as needed for chores like cleaning the gap between the stove and the countertops
  • Won’t be damaged by large pieces of debris like you would see during post-construction cleaning
  • Less likely to leave scratches or scuff marks on floors


Vacuuming the Floor

Many people are under the assumption that sweeping is not only the best way to clean hardwood floors, but that it’s the only way. This simply isn’t the case anymore. In fact, many vacuum cleaners have soft-bristled hardwood floor attachments.

Advantage Team Vacuum



Team Vacuum brings the heat in these areas:

  • Vacuuming can be less labor intensive, depending on the model you own
  • This method is much faster
  • You don’t have to bend over to constantly empty dustpans
  • Comes with attachments for all sorts of household scenarios, such as different flooring types or tight spaces
  • Less likely to kick dust up into the air, which can be beneficial when cleaning for allergy sufferers
  • More effective at eliminating dirt and debris, especially fine dust (Keep in mind this is the case for the more modern bagless models that are equipped with HEPA filtering. Vintage models with bags can still kick up a good bit of dust.)
  • Can be used in other parts of the home, including drapes and blinds
  • Makes for a more effective transition when cleaning area rugs along with wood floors
  • Provides a deeper cleaning that can increase the lifespan of your hardwood floors
  • Great at extracting dirt from cracks and corners, whereas brooms can actually pack it in further


So, what are the best cleaning tools for your floors? As you can see, whether you should be sweeping the floor or vacuuming really depends on your preferences and what exactly you need to accomplish. For example, if you’re tidying up after renovations to your home, you might need to tag team the area with a broom and vacuum.

However, when it comes to the best way to clean hardwood floors on a daily basis, we’re Team Vacuum over Team Broom, all the way.

Looking for more floor housekeeping tips? Find out how to vacuum the right way, then learn how to clean safely while you’re keeping those floors in good shape.

And if you’re just so busy that washing the floors is at the bottom of your household priority list, give us a call! Your local Merry Maids is here to lend a helping hand, so you can enjoy your day without worrying what needs to be cleaned next.