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Filling Materials

THE COMPANY IS ABLE TO SUPPLY THE FIBERS DESCRIBED BELOW AND ALSO MAKES SPECIAL MIXTURES IF REQUIRED

All of the vegetable fibers are harvested, and with the exception of the dyed fibers, are therefore environmentally friendly.

VEGETABLE FIBRES

BASSINE (PALMYRA) is from India. It has fair sweeping qualities, and is quite tough. However it may distort in use, especially if used on its own when wet. It is mainly used in cheaper warehouse and domestic brooms, and in mixtures for mud and scrubbing brushes.

GREY ENGLISH - See 'Union Mixture'.

RICE ROOT (also known as Mexican Whisk) is a stiff naturally crimped fiber with very good wearing and cleaning qualities. It used particularly in better quality grooming brushes, for both horses and cattle. This fiber tends to be brittle, and therefore it should always be soaked thoroughly before use. Some claim that Rice Root brushes can only be made by hand, but this is an utter myth, as anyone who has used our excellent (machine made, and much cheaper) Rice Root brushes will tell you.

TAMPICO FIBER (also known as Mexican Fiber) has good wearing and reasonable sweeping qualities, but is liable to crush. It holds water very well and is used in better quality equestrian brushes.

UNION MIXTURE is a Tampico-Bassine blend, which has the water retaining and cleaning properties of Tampico and the wear and resilience of Bassine. It is used in good mud brushes, as well as domestic scrubbing brushes. Grey English, with dyed Bassine and bleached Tampico (to give it a 'salt and pepper' appearance) is also a Union mixture, but contains more Tampico and less Bassine, and is therefore softer. Sometimes, particularly in Europe where Tampico is scarce, Tampico is substituted with polypropylene.

ANIMAL FIBRES

BRISTLE is from various mountainous areas of China. It has excellent durability and water resistance. The softer fiber is used for shoe polishing brushes, grooming brushes and paint brushes, and the stiffer fiber for clothes and hair brushes.

HORSE HAIR from Uruguay and China is durable and resilient, yet soft. In longer lengths it is liable to crush, but it is ideal for use in higher quality Equestrian brushes, brushes for cleaning smooth floors and windows, and even in cobweb brushes. Often it is mixed with finer plastics to give it more resistance to crushing and to reduce the cost.

GOAT HAIR from China is durable, resilient and very soft. It is almost exclusively used in high quality equestrian dressage brushes, bringing a final beautiful gloss to horses' coats.

SYNTHETIC MONOFILAMENTS

POLYPROPYLENE is very light and has good wearing properties. However, it is a little "dead" in use and has poor recovery from crushing. It is used in many grooming and household brushes. The Polypropylene used in Champion Brush grooming brushes is specially extruded in (under a microscope) a 'clover leaf' shape, to give the fiber better bend recovery, and to prevent it wearing to a point (as Polypropylene typically does if used the same way repeatedly) which is irritating to the skin. It may be used in hot water, but it must not be left in boiling water for more than a few seconds. In better Food Service brushes, Polypropylene has been replaced by Polyester (see below).

PVC has excellent wearing and sweeping properties, but has a tendency to "flick" in use. It can be used in a similar manner to Polypropylene, but should never be used in temperatures greater than 65°C.

NYLON has excellent sweeping and wearing qualities and is used in a considerable number of household brushes, platform brooms, and dairy brushes. Type 6 and type 66 can be used in boiling water and type 612 can be autoclaved at 134°C/273F. Of all commonly used plastic filaments, Nylon absorbs water the most and it becomes softer when used in wet conditions.

POLYESTER has excellent wearing and sweeping qualities, having a high melt point, good bend recovery, good abrasion resistance, and a low water absorption factor. It is used in most of our Food Service brooms and brushes. Food Service brushes filled with Polyester may be autoclaved at 134C/273F, and are typically used in hospitals, food factories, dairies and all areas where hygiene is of primary concern.

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