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Billy Owen

The Different Types of Brooms Explained

3 min read

The cleaning kit in a home wouldn't be complete without the right types of brooms. They are one of the basic and most important tools in a house as they come in handy for cleaning different types of surfaces, even for reaching out the highest corner in a room. Moreover, they are the number one ally when it comes to keeping your home or commercial facility 100% clean and sanitized.

Since there are lots of both indoors and outdoors brooms available on the market, that vary by size, shape, purpose, material and price, have a look at our brief guide that will help you find the right indoor and outdoor broom that will meet your needs.

The one and most important thing when choosing the right indoor and outdoor broom is to figure out for what type of floor surfaces you will need the broom. You should also take into account each and every corner, tight space and the types of debris you want to get rid of.

Broom Type

  • Amish Broom – Amish or the traditional straw outdoor brooms are made of high-quality corn straw and are sewn on hand. These brooms are durable, can last for years, cane be used on both wet and dry surfaces, have a wooden handle and are great for cleaning garden paths, outdoor and pool areas.
  • 2 in 1 Broom – This broom can be used for scrubbing gently and intensively at the same time. It has short, hard and durable scrubbing bristles and adjustable handle to suit your needs. It is ideal for both indoor and outdoor surfaces like patios, concrete, decks, paved and tiled areas.
  • Lobby Broom – These brooms are light and can be handled with only one hand, for example for cleaning under tables, hard-to-reach areas and fixtures.
  • Whisk Broom – These brooms are short and small designed for cleaning tight spaces. 


Bristle Type

  • Flagged Bristles – Brooms with flagged bristles look like split hairs and their main purpose is to collect dry powders and debris in a dry area. Don't use them in wet areas as these brooms will get messy and dirty.
  • Unflagged Bristles – Unflagged bristles are in fact straight bristles and are mainly used for open areas, wet applications and  for collecting larger debris. The primary advantage of brooms with unflagged bristles is that they last longer than flagged bristles.


Bristle Material

  • Natural Corn Fibres – These fibres are highly durable, made of bound and hewn corn straw, which is ideal for sweeping fine dirt and dust.
  • Polypropylene – Polypropylene bristles are great for scrubbing and sweeping heavy floor spaces. The biggest advantage is that they offer great abrasion resistance and are resistant to acids, water, oils, solvents, bacteria growth and fungus. They do not stain, absorb odours or discolour, and are great for both wet and dry applications, as well as for indoor and outdoor use.
  • Polystyrene – Polystyrene bristles are similar to the previous ones as they also are flexible and perfect for cleaning tight corners. They can withstand water, oils, acids and solvents, and are perfect for fine sweeps. Don't use them for sweeping oily surfaces.
  • Synthetic Corn – Synthetic corn bristles can withstand high temperatures and are liquid and chemical resistant. They are great for cleaning carpets and entry mats.
  • Tampico Fibres – These bristles are made of the Mexican agave plant, have medium texture, are resistant to chemicals and heat, and are perfect for cleaning dry and semi-smooth surfaces.