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Pipe-cleaning brush maintenance and care

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Pipe cleaning brushes (tube, interior or twisted brushes) can be damaged by bad practise If you want your brush to last a long time you need to look after it. Cheap brushes can last if cared for and the lifetime of expensive brushes can be shortened by bad practice.

Avoiding cross-contamination of metals

Galvanic corrosion of a pipe resulting from mixing the wrong metals Avoid cross-contamination of metals: only use stainless steel pipe-cleaning brushes on stainless steel parts and titanium brushes on titanium parts and make sure any other part of the brush does not touch the pipe. If you use your stainless steel brush on a different metal and then on a stainless steel part, the bristles can pick up tiny pieces of the other metal and transfer them, risking corrosion of the stainless steel.
Label your pipe cleaning brushes (tube, twisted, spiral brushes) so you can find the right one Mark your brushes carefully so you know what each brush is made from. Many bristle materials look the same as each other which can be confusing.
Keep your work area free from dust so there is no cross-contamination between pipe cleaning brush (tube, twisted, spiral brush) bristle materials and pipe material Keep your working space free from dust to minimise the contact between metals with iron in them and metals without.

Caring for your pipe-cleaning brush before use

Look for any damage on your pipe cleaning brush (tube, spiral or twisted brush) before use Before you use a pipe-cleaning brush, always check for any damage to the brush that may affect its use or damage the part you are working on.
Make sure you use the right pipe cleaning brush (AKA tube, twisted or interior brush) for the job: plastic pipe and metal fitting brush do not mix Ensure you always use the right brush for the job. Using a brush that is too stiff on soft materials can damage the material you are trying to clean and using a soft brush on abrasive materials can damage the brush.

Caring for your pipe-cleaning brush during use

Have a look at the other Wonkee Donkee pages for more information on pipe cleaning brushes (AKA interior, tube, twisted brushes) In this section we look at how you can use your pipe-cleaning brush correctly in order to clean it as you go along.
Use the power tool in a clockwise direction to avoid unwinding the pipe cleaning brush (twisted, tube, interior brush) If you are using your brush in a power tool, only use the brush in a clockwise direction (as if you were screwing a screw in) to avoid untwisting the core and shaft.
Don't exceed the stated RPM when using a pipe cleaning brush (tube, twisted or interior brush) in a power tool or drill Do not exceed the number of revolutions per minute (RPM) written in the product description of a power brush.
Bits of dirt between the bristles of a pipe cleaning brush (tube, twisted, interior, bottle brush) Between uses of your brush, remove any debris stuck between the bristles.

Caring for your pipe-cleaning brush after use

Cleaning agent to use with pipe cleaning brushes (tube, twisted, interior brushes) If you have used a cleaning agent, wash the cleaning agent from the brush with water and make sure the brush dries completely before storing to avoid corrosion.
3-in-1 oil to coat steel bristles of pipe cleaning brushes (twisted, spiral or tube brushes). If your brush is made from steel, apply a light coating of oil to help prevent it from rusting.

Storing your pipe-cleaning brush

Don't put heavy objects on top of your pipe cleaning brush (AKA tub, spiral or twisted brush) because it will damage the bristles. The safest place to store your brush is in the packaging it was supplied in but the most important thing is to store your brush where nothing heavy can be put on top of it. Heavy objects could damage the bristles and ruin the shape of your brush.

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