Polypropylene And Wire Sweeper Brushes - What They Are And When You Should Use Them

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If you have recently started working as a street sweeper at a place like USA Services of Florida, then your street sweeping machine is absolutely imperative to your job, and so are the brushes you attach to it. While the street sweeper you have likely has brushes already added to it, you may need to place different varieties on your machine from time to time. Different brushes are right for different types of cleaning situations, so keep reading to learn more about street sweeping brushes and when they should be used on your machine.

Polypropylene Brushes

The main brush on your street sweeper will typically consist of a roller brush that sits on the front or middle part of your machine. This brush is usually made up of a variety of bristles that are a foot or more in length. They are considered your all-use brushes that force debris to the conveyor or that force the dirt and other debris off the road.

Polypropylene is a polymer material that will remain strong and intact even when pressure and stress are applied. The material is resistant to corrosion from chemicals that contain strong acids, bases, and solvents too. However, you should know that propylene can degrade in the presence of heat, UV rays, and petroleum products. This means that all purpose polypropylene brushes are perfect for cleaning general debris off of residential roadways, but they may not be ideal for highways that are more likely to be covered with oil or extremely hot surfaces. 

Strip Brooms

If you find that your polypropylene roller brush works well when you sweep the streets, but broken bristles lead to constant replacements, then it is a good option to purchase strip brooms. These types of brushes feature a solid cylindrical core with small tracks or indentations. These tracks allow you to slide in a singular row of bristles that runs down the length of the core. When the bristles along the row or track start to wear or break off, then you can replace them with a new set of bristles.

While core and track brushes are ideal for use if you notice bristles breaking or wearing all throughout the brush, they are not a great option if the middle parts or ends see more wear. When this is the case, then think about using a roller brush where wafer brushes can be attached instead. You may also need to add these wafer brushes to separate brush attachments to assist with more aggressive cleaning to save the bristles on your roller brush. 

Wire Brushes

Wire brushes are another good option for your street sweeper. These brushes feature oil tempered steel bristles that are hardened with the assistance of oil to help increase strength and durability. Wire brushes are typically the smaller cylindrical brushes that attach either to the side or front of your sweeper machine, and they are often called gutter brushes. These brushes may contain the steel wire alone, or they may contain a combination of wire and polypropylene bristles.

The wire brushes are ideal for concrete cleaning around the curbs and gutters. They are also good in situations where a great deal of oil or petroleum based products may be seen around the cleaning area. Parking lots, highway spaces, or commercial areas that contain construction vehicles are a few examples of places where the wire brushes will work best.

In places where you may see a combination of oily and dirty debris, think about using the polypropylene and wire brushes. This is also wise if the gutter brushes are likely to come into contact with recently placed asphalt along with concrete. This asphalt has not fully cured and the wire brushes may scrape the material. Using a combination brush will decrease the amount of pressure that is placed on the soft asphalt material.

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