How to Choose the Right Push Broom
AFRICAN BASS is an extremely coarse vegetable fiber which is derived from a variety of palm trees. The reddish brown material is very durable and water resistant and can be used on any concrete, wet or dry surface. This fiber is a favorite of maintenance crews because of its light weight and excellent sweeping action.
PALMYRA is a vegetable fiber derived from the base of the fan-like leaf of the Borassus flabellifer palm tree. Its cinnamon, medium stiff fiber is long-lasting and sufficiently rugged to sweep streets, garages and barns efficiently; its water resistance makes it an ideal scrub brush.
POLYPROPYLENE is a synthetic fiber, a product of American laboratories. It is lighter in weight than any other plastic materials. It is resistant to oil, solvent and detergents; will not load, curl or mat; and does a great job sweeping up stubborn dirt. Best of all, this material will out-last all ordinary fibers. Not for use with very hot solutions.
TAMPICO is a vegetable fiber derived from the Agave Lechuguilla, a plant which grows wild in northern Mexico. It is generally shipped from the port of Tampico, Mexico, hence its name. The natural color is a creamy white, but it is often dyed other colors. Tampico has unique liquid holding and release properties; it will absorb 65 percent more water than plastic fillings. It has a unique surface roughness due to crystals of calcium oxalate embedded in the surface. There is really no substitute for Tampico. This fiber is unsurpassed in most general sweeping applications, and in all applications requiring liquid retention, scrubbing and surface finishing.
NYLEX (Nylon Fiber) 612 is a super light, very resilient and durable synthetic fiber. It can be boiled and is impervious to solvents, alkalies and certain acids. Do not use with mineral acids. These attack nylon fibers. This fiber has better water holding characteristics than other synthetics. Its special shape (X cross section) gives it excellent capillarity, that is, moisture moves up the tufts easily. When flagged, this fiber wears down to a natural point giving it a softness that resembles horse hair.
HORSE HAIR is the Rolls Royce of natural fibers, giving scratchless, fine dry sweeping. It is used to finely smooth newly poured concrete and is a perfect sweep for highly polished surfaces.