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Bristle

The bristles of a sweeping brush

A bristle is a stiff hair or feather, either on an animal, such as a pig, or on tool such as a brush or broom.

Contents

  • Varieties 1
  • Variations of bristle in the animal kingdom 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Varieties

Also used are synthetic materials such as nylon in items such as brooms and sweepers. Bristles are often used to make brushes for cleaning uses, as they are strongly abrasive; common examples include the toothbrush and toilet brush. The bristle brush is a common household cleaning tool, often used to remove dirt or grease from pots and pans. Bristles are also used on brushes other than for cleaning, notably paintbrushes.

Bristles are distinguished as flagged (split, bushy ends) or unflagged; these are also known as flocked or unflocked bristles.[1] In cleaning applications, flagged bristles are suited for dry cleaning (due to picking up dust better than unflagged), and unflagged suited for wet cleaning (due to flagged ends becoming dirty and matted when wet).[2] In painting, flagged bristles yield more even application.[3]

Variations of bristle in the animal kingdom

Bristles are found on pig breeds, instead of fur. Because the density is less than with fur, pigs are vulnerable to sunburn. One breed, the Tamworth pig is endowed with a very dense bristle structure such that sunburn damage to skin is minimized. Animals named for their bristles include bristlebirds, the bristle-thighed curlew, the bristle-spined porcupine, and the Trinity bristle snail. Bristles also anchor worms to the soil to help the worm move.

See also

References

  1. ^ Cleaning Spot Catalogue 2013, p. 25
  2. ^ Tech Tip: Flagged vs. Unflagged Broom Bristles
  3. ^ Old-House Journal, May 1986, p. 171

External links

  • Types of Bristle Materials Used for Brushes
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