Cleaning tip from the Farmer's Almanac: We often hear that a new broom sweeps clean. Did you know that sand underneath a broom, old or new, can clean a wooden floor? In days long gone, sand was a favorite cleaning material. Colonial housewives kept a bucket at the ready-to toss on grease spills or to pour onto a muddy floor. Armed with a good broom, they would swish the sand back and forth and then sweep it up with and toss it away, taking the grease or dirt along with it. The scouring action did the job and also lightened the wood much as sandpaper might. A clean house was known for its lovely light floors. Today it could be just the thing to clean up the garage or basement floor.