Riviera Brush Co. has been a leader in the concrete brush industry since 1989. They started out by developing their line of Orange-Crete wash brushes for the ready-mix industry. The brushes were designed to stand up to the harsh conditions inherent to the industry — lime, abrasives, muriatic acid and other cleaning agents. They were ideal for cleaning trucks and equipment.
“The key to our original design is that the fiber in our brushes remains in the block and don’t dissolve or clump even under the harshest conditions,” says Riviera vice president of sales Michael Goyne.
Though Orange-Crete Brushes were designed as cleaning brushes rather than for the typical broom finish, Goyne says the flagging style and the fiber crimp they developed as a means for the brush to retain more liquid lent itself to broom finishes as well. “The continued industry interest in broom finishes compelled us to develop brooms of different sizes and with different handle attachments,” he says.
And now they’ve done it again — adding a line of cutting-edge applicator brushes to their Orange-Crete repertoire. These brushes are engineered for the decorative concrete industry, specifically to apply stains, sealers and other coatings on a concrete surface.
What sets the new Orange-Crete applicator brushes apart?
“We utilize a distinctively designed fiber in these brushes,” says Riviera director of business development Anthony Jones. “The diameter, crimp and flagged tips of the polystyrene fibers are constructed in a manner that allows the broom to hold more liquid and not leave telltale broom marks. An additional advantage is that these brooms are just as resistant to harsh chemicals as our others, so they don’t lose fibers as they move across the substrate.
Jones says that contractors are developing all kinds of techniques for using these brooms to achieve their desired outcomes. “An ideal use for this line of brooms is to spray stain or sealer onto the surface and then use the broom to massage the product into the concrete. We’ve seen wonderful results when that method is used.”
Orange-Crete brushes are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, from small hand-held brushes to larger brushes that attach to handles.