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Brush and Broom Selection Guide

Often overlooked, brushes and brooms are vital to any cleaning task. But with the breadth of styles and bristle materials available, choosing the perfect brush or broom for the job can be a challenge. Use our reference guide to help you find the style and material that best fits your needs.

Shop by Brush and Broom Type

Shop by Bristle Material

Shop by Brush and Broom Type

Short-Handle Utility Scrub Brushes

Short-Handle Utility Scrub Brushes

Features: Lightweight, break-resistant handle and crimped filament to better hold cleaning solutions. Good chemical resistance.

Best For: All-purpose scrubbing with chemical solutions.

Iron-Style Scrub Brushes

Iron-Style Scrub Brushes

Features: Ergonomically designed iron-style grip and precision shape for comfort and accuracy.

Best For: Light- or medium-duty general-purpose scrubbing.

Swivel Scrub Brushes

Swivel Scrub Brushes

Features: Swivels onto its side to clean baseboards, walls, around equipment, and other hard-to-reach areas. The low-profile design helps get into places that would be impossible with a normal floor brush.

Best For: All-purpose routine scrubbing of walls, baseboards, and floors.

Long-Handle Utility Brushes

Long-Handle Utility Brushes

Features: Chemical- and water-resistant; crimped bristles hold on to cleaning solutions. Long handle for extended reach.

Best For: All-purpose scrubbing with chemical solutions.

Toothbrush-Style Utility Brushes

Toothbrush-Style Utility Brushes

Features: Ergonomic handle and compact head for targeted, precise cleaning. Nylon or steel bristle varieties for any job.

Best For: Small jobs, tight areas, and detail work, as well as small parts, seams, threads, and soldered joints.

Handheld Grout Scrub Brushes

Handheld Grout Scrub Brushes

Features: Stiff bristles remove dirt, grime, and residue from grout lines and seams. Narrow block and long handle allow for precise, targeted cleaning.

Best For: Removal of grime and mildew from grout lines and seams.

Swivel Grout Brushes

Swivel Grout Brushes

Features: Bevel-cut bristles that get into grout lines; clean grout from a standing position; pivoting head lets the brush glide along grout lines, in corners, and other hard-to-reach areas.

Best For: Removal of grime and mildew from grout lines and seams.

Counter Brushes

Counter Brushes

Features: Removes dust accumulations quickly from hard-to-reach places.

Best For: Dusting of counters, shelves, and other smooth surfaces.

Vehicle Brushes

Vehicle Brushes

Features: Flo-Thru design delivers a constant flow of water. Densely filled with vinyl bumpers to protect vehicle finishes. Unique block design keeps the bristles working at almost every angle.

Best For: Vehicle washing.

Deck Brushes

Deck Brushes

Features: Various bristle materials for light- to heavy-duty scrubbing of virtually any surface. Threaded and tapered hole to fit multiple handle types.

Best For: Building wall and floor scrubbing; aggressive scrubbing of rough or uneven surfaces.

Fine Floor Sweeps

Fine Floor Sweeps

Features: Soft, lightly crimped filament grips dust and particles. Available in synthetic and natural bristle styles.

Best For: Dry sweeping of dust and fine particles on smooth surfaces.

Fine/Medium Floor Sweeps

Fine/Medium Floor Sweeps

Features: Multiple block and bristle materials to handle light to medium debris cleanup, with multiple heat and chemical resistance levels.

Best For: General-purpose and light industrial sweeping.

Medium Floor Sweeps

Medium Floor Sweeps

Features: Durable, tough, and long-wearing. Available in natural and synthetic bristles for various chemical resistances.

Best For: Perfect for street crews, construction, and other demanding work sites.

Heavy-Duty Floor Sweeps

Heavy-Duty Floor Sweeps

Features: Stiff bristles hold up on sidewalks, parking lots, and other rough surfaces. Natural and synthetic bristle styles available for various chemical resistances.

Best For: Heavier industrial applications where water, sweeping compounds, and cleaning solvents are used.

Garage Sweeps

Garage Sweeps

Features: Durable, tough, long-wearing crimped bristles in various materials to withstand dry and wet sweeping with various chemical resistances.

Best For: Provides heavy-duty abrasiveness to clean heavily soiled, rough surfaces.

Omni Sweep® Floor Sweeps

Omni Sweep® Floor Sweeps

Features: Combines features of fine, medium, and heavy floor sweeps into one convenient floor sweep. Pitched bristle angle for fast, effective sweeping.

Best For: Sweeps fine dust to heavy debris on all floor types.

Duo-Sweep® Brooms

Duo-Sweep® Brooms

Features: Two handle holes molded into a sturdy foam block offer two convenient ways to sweep. Unique shape allows for extended reach. Stiff or flagged bristles support multiple cleaning projects.

Best For: General-purpose sweeping of floors and hard-to-reach areas.

Corn Brooms

Corn Brooms

Features: Available in heavy-duty warehouse broom, commercial-weight janitor broom, durable maid/housekeeping broom, and handle-free whisk broom styles. Corn blend with high bristle fill count for easy use and long life.

Best For: Multiple types support a wide range of cleaning and sweeping tasks.

Toilet Bowl Brushes

Toilet Bowl Brushes

Features: Non-scratching bristles resist standard bowl cleaners; multiple sizes and brush styles available.

Best For: Sanitary toilet bowl cleaning.

Shop by Bristle Material

Natural Bristles

Heat-Resistant; Natural Split Ends; Hold Solutions Well.

Brass Wire

Brass Wire

Features: Rust-resistant; High degree of abrasion, but softer than stainless and carbon steel to prevent equipment damage.

Best For: Cleaning ovens, griddles, and other metal equipment that is heavily soiled but cannot sustain heavy scratches.

Flagged Polystyrene

Flagged Polystyrene

Features: Excellent bristle bend recovery and tear/break strength. Very good chemical resistance and fine bristle tip design resists matting for use up to 180°F.

Best For: Vehicle Cleaning; General floor sweeping.

Horsehair

Horsehair

Features: Natural pointed tip, good shear/break resistance, and soft cleaning properties.

Best For: Sweeping and dust removal on polished surfaces.

Natural Corn

Natural Corn

Features: Natural bristles tend to be thick and rigid.

Best For: Indoor and outdoor sweeping of large bits of dirt and debris.

Palmyra

Palmyra

Features: Natural medium-stiff fibers from India palms. Good durability and bristle recovery.

Best For: General floor sweeping.

Stainless Steel Wire

Stainless Steel Wire

Features: Rustproof, excellent chemical resistance, excellent bend recovery, provides a high degree of abrasion and wear resistance.

Best For: Rust removal and general purpose cleaning in wet or corrosive environments.

Tampico

Tampico

Features: Soft to medium-soft bristles with very good durability. Heat-, alkali-, and acid-resistant. Heat-tolerant to 280°F.

Best For: Finer floor sweeps and general cleaning scrub brushes.

Synthetic Bristles

Economical; Great Chemical Resistance; Prevent Bacteria Growth.

Nylex

Nylex

Features: Soft, dense for delicate hard finishes.

Best For: Vehicle cleaning.

Nylon

Nylon

Features: Excellent abrasion resistance, shear/break strength, and bristle bend recovery. Very good chemical resistance and sustains temperatures up to 350°F.

Best For: Cleaning abrasive, rough surfaces.

PET

PET

Features: Excellent chemical resistance, ultraviolet light resistance, and bristle bend recovery. Very good abrasion resistance and tear/break strength. Sustains temperatures up to 350°F.

Best For: Best choice for all-around use and extreme exposure to cleaning chemicals.

Polypropylene

Polypropylene

Features: Excellent chemical resistance to acids, oils, fungus, and bacteria growth. Good abrasion resistance and shear/break strength. Sustains temperatures up to 225°F.

Best For: Heavy-duty scrubbing and sweeping.

Synthetic Filament

Synthetic Filament

Features: Stiff, strong, resilient. Outlasts corn brooms.

Best For: Frequent general-purpose and heavier sweeping.

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