Brooms are one of the most basic but important tools, and come in various forms to meet different needs, especially in the foodservice industry. A broom that can perform the task at hand is vital to the sanitation and cleaning of any kitchen or restaurant, and we have a large selection of brooms to match any task. We've created this buying guide to help you navigate the many facets of broom-buying and find the best broom to suit your needs.
When choosing a broom, the best place to start is where you are. Figuring out what you have is vital to determining what you need. What type of space do you occupy? What type of floors do you have? Are there tight spaces and corners? What type of debris are you usually sweeping up? Deciding these factors will help narrow your options down and make it easier to choose the best broom type to fit your establishment. Use the chart below to navigate these variables. The glossary at the end can also help you easily identify the bristle type, bristle material, or types of brooms that you might be looking for.
Flagged Bristles: Ideal for collecting small dust and debris, flagged bristles are frayed at the ends to help collect small particles.
Unflagged Bristles: Ideal for open areas and larger debris, unflagged bristles are straight bristles without frayed ends. They usually last longer than flagged bristles.
Natural Corn Fibers: These broom bristles are ideal for sweeping dust and fine dirt. Natural corn fibers are highly durable, and made of expertly bound and hewn corn straw.
Polypropylene Bristles: Great for medium to heavy floor sweeps and scrub brushes; offer good abrasion resistance and shear/break strength. They are resistant to water, solvents, acids, oils, fungus, and bacteria growth, and will not stain, discolor, or absorb odors. Wet or dry applications; indoor and outdoor use.
Polystyrene Bristles: Similar to polypropylene, these flexible bristles are perfect for tight corners, with excellent bristle bend recovery and shear/break strength. They will withstand water, solvents, acids, and oils, and are best in fine floor sweeps and counter dusters. Avoid when sweeping compounds or oily surfaces.
Synthetic Corn Bristles: Chemical and liquid resistant,synthetic corn bristles can withstand high temperatures up to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. "X"-shaped bristles are excellent for use on carpets and entry mats.
Tampico Fibers: Produced from the stem of the Mexican agave plant, Tampico fibers have a medium texture and are ideal for dry sweeping on semi-smooth surfaces. These natural fibers are also resistant to heat and chemicals.
If your establishment calls for something a little less, or a little more, than what we’ve described, there are other forms of sweepers that may be beneficial to you.