Our other sites:

What are the different types of pipe-cleaning brush?

Shop for Pipe Cleaning Brushes

A long list of all the types of pipe cleaning brush (AKA tube, spiral, twisted, bottle, interior brush) available There are so many different types of pipe-cleaning brush it would be impossible to list them all but here are the main types that you will find on the market:

Fitting brushes

Cleaning a copper pipe with a fitting pipe cleaning brush AKA tube brush, spiral bush, twisted brush Pipe-cleaning brushes for cleaning pipe fittings, particularly copper fittings before they are soldered (joined with molten metal), are usually made of metal to provide enough abrasion to…
Burrs on cut metal pipes can be removed by pipe-cleaning brushes (AKA tube, spiral or twisted brushes) …deburr (remove tiny pieces of rough metal from cut metal)…
The stature of liberty is made of copper and is covered in a layer of oxidation …and remove dirt and any oxide coating that may have formed. Copper reacts slowly with oxygen in the air to form the oxide coating.  This coating actually protects the copper from corroding but it has to be removed before the copper parts can be soldered together.
Fitting pipe cleaning brushes (AKA tube, spiral, twisted brush) have cylindrical heads that are the same shape as the pipe The head of the brush is cylindrical to fit the shape of the pipe.
Copper pipe cleaning brush AKA tube brush, twisted brush They have short stems, as they do not need to reach far into the pipe, and they often have flat wooden or plastic handles to allow greater precision during the cleaning process.
Scratches made by a pipe cleaning brush (tube, twisted or spiral brush) on the inside of the pipe showing a prepared pieces of metal for soldering Most fitting brushes are designed to prepare copper joints for soldering. The bristles make scratches in the copper so that the solder can adhere to it more securely. The brushes also polish the copper and remove any layer of oxidation that may have built up over time.

Valve brushes

Nylon valve pipe cleaning brush AKA tube brush, bottle brush Valve brushes are designed to gently but thoroughly remove dirt that has built up in a valve, a part that regulates the flow of a liquid or gas.
Valve pipe cleaning brushes (AKA tube, interior or twisted brush) often have softer bristles than fitting brushes so clean carefully but well. Valve pipe-cleaning brushes usually have softer bristles than fitting brushes; if they are too abrasive they could damage the valve.
Plumbing valves can be cleaned using a valve brush if they get blocked Valves occur in every industry, as well as the home. In the plumbing industry, valves regulate the flow of water through the pipes and sometimes need to be cleaned if they get blocked.
Operations require everything to be completely clean including the valves that regulate the flow of gas and intravenous liquids The medical industry uses valves to regulate the flow of fluids or gases during operations. It is essential the parts are kept clean and sterilised to avoid passing on diseases to other patients.
Trumpets have valves that are cleaned with valve pipe cleaning brushes (AKA interior, tube, bottle brush) At home, valve brushes can be used for cleaning musical instruments with valves and tubes, such as trumpets…
Bottle with filter and drinking valve can be cleaned by a valve brush …and water-bottle lids with a drinking valve or filter.

Boiler-flue pipe-cleaning brushes

Boiler-flue pipe-cleaning brushes (tube, spiral or twisted brushes) are designed for cleaning soot from small boiler parts. Boiler-flue brushes are for cleaning smaller parts of fire boilers.  They are very similar to valve brushes but are specifically designed for removing soot.
Rectangular shaped pipe cleaning brush head (tube, spiral, twisted brush) Most brush heads are cylindrical but some are rectangular.
Steel or plastic bristles of pipe cleaning brushes (tube, twisted, spiral, interior brushes) Their bristles are usually of soft to medium stiffness, made from nylon or polypropylene, so they can dislodge the dirt effectively but do not damage the inside surface of the flue.  Some boiler-flue sets will include brushes with steel heads for less delicate parts.

Pipe-cleaning brushes for power tools

Pipe cleaning brush (tube, interior, fitting brush) in a power tool or drill. Pipe-cleaning brushes for power tools usually have metal bristles. They are designed for intense, quick cleaning when manual power is too time consuming or not thorough enough.
Power pip cleaning brush (AKA tube, interior, twisted, spiral brush) with integral shank for fitting into a power tool or drill They have a shank end, instead of a handle or loop, to fit into the power tool securely.

Other pipe-cleaning brushes

Radiator brush with a long core and soft bristles to clean and dust in hard-to-reach places. Brushes for every cleaning job are available. Some examples include long radiator (also known as ‘spoke’) brushes with bristles made from a soft fibre for cleaning in and amongst hard-to-reach places of an object (e.g. a radiator or machinery)…
Aquarium filter pipe cleaning brush (AKA tube, bottle, twisted brush) with double head and flexible stem. …hosepipe cleaning brushes with long stems for cleaning flexible pipes and aquarium filter systems…
Pipe cleaning brush (AKA tube, interior, spiral, bottle brush) for unblocking the sink …and large pipe cleaning brushes perfect for unblocking sink plumbing.
 Wonkee Donkee says "Remember: different manufacturers use different names for the same style of brush. It is easier to choose a brush based on size and bristle type than by its name"