Tips On How To Choose The Right Cleaning Brushes

29 Sep

Spring is the perfect time for a great clean up. When you are ready to sweep the debris from your garage, driveway, outdoor patio or sidewalk, you will want to pay attention to your cleaning brushes.

Cleaning brushes are made from many different materials and selecting the one that is most suited for your needs and surfaces will help the cleaning brush last longer, saving you money in the long run. Here are some tips on how to choose the right cleaning brushes.

Push brushes are ideal for outdoor use. They are wider and designed for heavier debris, which means they will last longer for your outdoor needs. Available in a variety of sizes, they are generally made of these fibers:


  • Horsehair: Used in brushes such as floor sweeps, counter dusters, window brushes, tin handle acid brushes and shoe shine brushes.
  • Nylon: A synthetic fiber that offers great durability and resilience. It has high water absorbency and can withstand alkalis, solvents, some acids, and most common chemicals.
  • Palmyra: A natural fiber good for use on garage floors and scrub brushes.
  • Palmyra stalk: A very stiff and coarse bristle typically used in contractor and street brushes.
  • Polypropylene: A resistant bristle used in acid brushes, garage floor brushes, window brushes and blacktop coater brushes.
  • Polystyrene: A highly resistant to detergents and acids bristle, good for floor sweeping brushes and scrub brushes.
  • Tampico fiber: A vegetable fiber used for floor sweeping brushes, counter brushes, and acid brushes.
  • Union fiber: A combination of Tampico and Palmyra fiber that is ideal for wet or dry scrubbing.

How to choose the best fiber for your needs?

  • Fine Fill (horsehair/synthetic) – Recommended for cleaning dust and fine dirt particles from most surfaces.
  • Medium Fill (Tampico/polypropylene) – Recommended for general purpose and sweeping medium and fine particles from most surfaces.
  • Coarse Fill (Palmyra bassine/polypropylene) – Recommended for industrial application such as for removing heavy debris and difficult dirt.
  • Indoor/Outdoor Fill – A mixture of strong, course polypropylene in the middle and medium polypropylene around the borders, this fill is recommended for an all-purpose sweeper.

With all the cleaning brushes options available on the market, you should take the time to ask an expert to recommend the best cleaning brush for your needs. As with any cleaning tool, it’s worth investing in a quality product that is durable and will last longer than a less expensive option, which you will probably have to replace frequently.

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