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Keep Those Broom Bristles Straight!

No matter how good your technique is, you won’t get an attractive, consistent pattern if your brush or broom has bent bristles. Here are some ways to avoid —or fix — the “bends.”

  • Store your brushes and broom heads flat, not resting on their bristles, and preferably in protective boxes.
  • Rick Smith recommends wetting deformed nylon or horsehair bristles the day before you will use them. Their inherent “memory” can help restore their original shape. The effectiveness of this technique depends on the bristle material.
  • Gary Bolden asserts that the high-grade nylon bristles in Marion Brush’s products have 97 percent memory. Pouring boiling water over kinked bristles restores their original shape immediately. “When you pour the water over it, it almost comes alive,” he says.
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