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40 eClean Magazine many bristle fibers to choose from? Stiffness to match debris types, liquid retention for scrubbing purposes, durability, and cost are just a few of the characteristics that make certain fibers better for certain jobs. From dusting floors to scoring fresh concrete, push broom fibers have one thing in common: resilience. I personally own a horsehair push broom that is as old as I am, and I use it weekly to sweep my smooth concrete garage floor. If I had instead used it on rough ceramic tile, the bristles would have worn out in a few months. Match bristle types to the job. Acrylic is a resilient, pliable, synthetic fiber which can resist a bit of heat, acid, and most solvents without melting. The fiber bends readily, yet springs back to original form quickly (memory). It is available in flagged soft bristles that remove fine dust. Flagged tips means the fiber has been feathered on the ends. This lends acrylics the ability to push fine particles with little filtering through the broom. Flagged acrylic push brooms can even be used to replace dust mops. However, acrylics do not work well with sweeping compounds containing oil, nor do they perform satisfactorily on oily surfaces like automotive shops. Push brooms with acrylic bristles work great Acrylic bristle with flagged tips for fine dust and lightweight debris removal from smooth surfaces. Bristles are usually trimmed to 3" in length, which offers excellent "snap- back" flexibility. Consider this: one of the features of any broom is the ability of its fiber to return to original position when the broom is lifted from the floor. That simple motion propels debris ahead of the broom and shakes particulates from the broom fiber, a self- cleaning action. Acrylic push brooms are considered fine sweeping tools. A step up in stiffness is the very resilient polypropylene synthetic fiber. This bristle is available in a wide range of colors, thicknesses, and crimped or straight fiber varieties. With a high resistance to acids and solvents, polypropylene bristles are good for automotive situations where liquids varying from water to petroleum oils get bound up in dust and debris. For the ultimate "wet area" broom, choose polypropylene bristles mounted in Polypropylene bristle with crimped filament

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