Brooms should never be stood on the bristles, as in time this will result in the bristles getting crushed. If this has happened, they may be restored in the following manner. Half fill a kettle with water and bring to the boil. When the steam is pouring steadily from the spout, hold the crushed bristles to it. Rub the hand smartly over the brush, taking care, however, not to let it approach too near the scalding steam. This treatment will restore both bristle and fibre brushes. A simply-constructed rack for holding brooms is described in Household Hint No3.