What to Look for in a Boiler Cleaning Brush

When your boiler becomes dirty with soot or sediment buildup, you can easily clean it by using a basic boiler cleaning brush.  There are many brushes on the market, however, and it is useful to know what you are looking for before heading out to the store to make a purchase.

Appearance and Function

Nearly all boiler cleaning brushes will have the same basic appearance and function. The tool is made from a length of twisted wire with an oil-tempered metal brush on one end, appearing similar to a feather duster. These brushes are operated manually by pushing and pulling the cleaning brush through your boiler pipe until all debris and residue is removed.


The main variation that you will find in boiler cleaning brushes will be the size, which refers to the brush diameter on the end of the cleaning brush. These brushes range from 1 to 4 inches in diameter and will typically be around 4 1/2 inches in brush length, with the handle extending from that length. You will want to examine the diameter of the boiler pipes to be cleaned in order to determine which size brush will be suitable for the cleaning project you are working on.