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Selecting the Proper Brush or Broom for your Business

When it comes to cleanup of a job site, workspace or shop floor, we often go to the more commonplace of the brushes and brooms -- a push broom or the everyday household straw broom. Unfortunately, that may not always be the best choice for the surface or the task at hand. 

Just as there are different surfaces to clean, there are also different broom and brush types. Each is designed for a specific cleaning need:


  • Corn broom. A stiff broom usually made from 100% broom corn or a mixed corn fiber blend that is often used to sweep sidewalks, barn isles and other areas requiring small amounts of heavy wet or dry debris to be moved easily. 
  • Angle broom. Most often used where a heavier broom may scratch flooring, the bristles for an angle broom are typically synthetic and are softer and less likely to damage surfaces. Available in various sizes and styles, some angle brooms are cut on a severe angle to allow them to easily sweep debris from corners. 
  • Upright broom. Best for smooth surfaces such as tile, wood floors, sealed concrete, patios, driveways or job sites. Upright brooms are made with fine synthetic or polystyrene fibers to handle wet or dry debris, dust or hair, whether it’s indoors or outdoors. There are many sizes and styles; some are cut on an angle to reach under theater or bus seats, furniture or even to clean baseboards. Many even feature protective bumpers.
  • Push broom. Used to sweep a large area quickly, such as heavy dirt on concrete or other rough surfaces, the wide head of a push broom can clean large areas quickly. This long-handled broom has a long, flat head, attached on an angle to a wooden handle. The fiber bristles may be soft or hard, and available in a variety of materials.


  • Deck brush. Featuring durable bristles and block, it is designed for use with liquids, such as floor cleaners, detergents and solvents. A deck brush often has a long handle for reaching high areas and can be submerged without losing shape or durability.
  • Scrub brush. Ideal for heavy-duty scrubbing, scrub brushes are typically lightweight and feature polypropylene bristles for durability in wet applications.
  • Tampico brush. A good multi-purpose brush, the natural vegetable fibers of a Tampico brush work well with water, but are also highly resistant to heat, alkali, solvents and acid.
  • Wash brush. Designed primarily for vehicle cleaning and have either a metal or flow-through handle. These brushes feature soft bristle ends that are gentle enough to use on auto exteriors or paint without scratching, but yet are powerful enough to clean road salt, grime and ground-in dirt. The fiber bristles of a wash brush are typically mounted in plastic block heads to withstand heavy use in such environments as garages and warehouses.

But selecting the right cleaning tool isn’t just about choosing between a broom or a brush. It’s also about what is the proper thickness, fiber length and fiber material. Not only will making the right choice save time when cleaning up, but it will also increase efficiency and produce better overall results – capturing debris rather than simply pushing it around. And, if you use a lot of brooms and brushes on the job, choosing the right one means fewer replacements.

So, how do you actually select the right broom or brush?

You must consider:
  • What is the project or task at hand?
  • What is the surface being cleaned?
  • What are the cleaning materials being used? Solvents, detergents, etc. 
  • Will the cleaning tool be exposed to high temperatures? 

These factors all determine the type of fiber needed to obtain the proper absorbency, durability and scratch-resistant qualities for the task at hand. And Harper has taken the guesswork out of selecting the right type of bristle fiber needed for the job with our quick fiber selection guides:

  • Broom Fiber Guide
  • Brush Fiber Guide
  • Push Broom Guide

You can be sure that no matter how tough the cleaning challenge, there’s a hardworking Harper tool to help overcome it.

Check out the wide selection of Harper brooms and brushes as well as many other cleaning tools that Pros Rely On.

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