What to Look for when Buying a Chimney Brush
If you've recently found yourself in the market for a new chimney brush, there are a number of different factors that should be taken into consideration before making your selection. While it's easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of options currently available, don't fret. This article will outline everything you should look for in a chimney brush, so if you're eager to find the right tool with which to beautify your chimney, simply read on.
Make Sure the Brush Conforms to Your Chimney's Shape
Before purchasing a new brush, be sure to take your chimney's shape into careful consideration. Most chimneys are round, rectangular or square in shape. This is why the vast majority of chimney brushes currently available are designed to conform to those particular shapes. If your chimney is irregularly shaped, you can simply purchase a traditional brush and trim it to better reflect the unique shape of your chimney. However, if brush trimming seems too cumbersome, you may be able to purchase an irregularly shaped brush from certain online retailers. Keep in mind that the first option is generally less expensive.
Make Sure the Brush is the Appropriate Size
Another important factor to consider when shopping for a new chimney brush is its size. Before shopping around, you will need to measure your chimney's interior dimensions or, if the chimney is round, its interior diameter. Once the necessary measurements have been taken, try to find a brush that closely lines up with your measurements. While it is unlikely you will find a brush that perfectly conforms to your chimney's measurements, look for one that reflects them as closely as possible. To that end, it is always better to purchase a brush that is too large than one that is too small. As previously stated, if the brush you select is too large, you can always trim down to your desired size. Furthermore, an over-sized brush will still do an adequate job of cleaning your chimney, whereas a brush that is too small will be unable to properly reach your chimney's sides.
Choose the Right Material
Now that you've taken the appropriate measurements, you will need to decide on the right material for your new brush. If you only intend to use the brush for small-scale chimney cleaning, a basic wire bristle brush should suit your need perfectly. If you're interested in more heavy-duty chimney cleaning, you'll probably want to go with a flat wire bristle brush, as they are very adept at scraping. It should be noted, however, that wire bristle brushes should not be used to clean metal chimney flues, so if you own one, make sure to purchase a brush that features polyurethane bristles instead.
So there you have it. When shopping around for a new chimney brush, be sure to carefully consider the previously discussed factors and making your decision will be a piece of cake.