Broom Material Guide
Broomcorn is actually a form of sorghum, grown specifically for its ability to trap fine dust particles. The fiber comes from the tassel of the stalk. Broomcorn lasts longer and sweeps better because each fiber is covered with hair-like follicles that trap and hold dirt particles. It is water resistant and wears very well, making it the premium broom fiber. It is environmentally friendly because it grows in dry areas using only rain water. It is suitable for any floor surface.
Similar to bamboo in appearance, rattan provides stiffness in a broom when placed inside with layers of quality broomcorn on the outside. Excellent for use in wet areas.
Corn/yucca blend brooms are constructed of broomcorn and yucca fibers from the yucca plant. Yucca is a member of the agave plant family, which thrives in warm, arid regions such as Mexico. The stiff fibers are used to make the broom’s core, which is then wrapped with a layer of broomcorn. This makes a strong, economical broom suitable for sweeping on concrete. However, yucca has poor bristle bend recovery and has the tendency to break and shed. Does not pick up fine debris.
Available in many colors, weights, and fiber diameters for different applications. Waterproof; dries quickly. Resistant to acids, oils, and bacterial growth. Ends are often flagged (Feather Tip®) to provide a soft brushing face that picks up fine dust particles. An excellent synthetic fiber for food service, and also perfect for industrial and commercial settings where sweeping or scrubbing take place on wet or dry surfaces.
PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
Extremely durable synthetic. Ends are often flagged (Feather Tip®) to provide a soft brushing face. Oil and moisture resistant. Not for use with sweeping compounds.
Made from polypropylene which gives good sweeping performance indoors or outdoors. The thicker fibers are long wearing, don’t absorb water, and are resistant to most chemicals, detergents, insects, and mildew. Especially good in damp environments and can even be used on low-pile carpet.
Flagged Bristles (Feather Tip®)
Each synthetic filament end is mechanically split, forming a soft tapered tip that picks up fine dust and dirt particles.
Each synthetic filament end is un-split, preventing ends from matting together from grease and grime. Unflagged bristles excel on rough surface floors.