What is a Vacuum Brush?

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A vacuum brush is one of the common accessories used with a vacuum cleaner. Depending on the size of the brush, the device may be used to remove dust from draperies or upholstered furniture. Most vacuum cleaners come with at least one vacuum brush attachment, although it is possible to purchase vacuum brush kits that contain several difference sizes and shapes of brushes.

In construction, the vacuum brush has a rounded and usually short arm that is hollow and attaches directly to the vacuum hose. At the opposite end of the device, the rim of the opening is lined with short filaments that are flexible but also capable of effectively brushing material to loosen dust and light dirt. When attached to a vacuum cleaner, the brush can be used to lightly move against the fabric, freeing any surface dirt and sucking the dust and dirt into the cleaner.

Brushes of this type are among the most common of all vacuum accessories. Both upright and canister-style vacuum cleaners are designed to allow a vacuum brush to be attached to the end of the hose with relative ease. Because the brush is smaller in size than the standard vacuum head of most cleaners, the vacuum brush can get into spaces where the head would never be able to fit.


There are several common uses for the vacuum brush. The small size makes it ideal for cleaning cobwebs from corners and along the ceiling molding. The brush will also move under low furniture such as a sofa with no problem. Vacuuming the spaces underneath and between furniture cushions is also an easy task with a vacuum brush, as is lightly dusting draperies while they remain hung in place.

While just about every vacuum cleaner comes with one or two brush attachments, it is also possible to purchase separate kits of vacuum accessories for use around the home. The kits contain brushes of several different sizes and shapes, making them ideal for a wide range of cleaning projects. The kits can be purchased at most retail outlets that sell vacuum cleaners. Generally, these kits are not very expensive, and can make the task of keeping the home clean much easier to accomplish.


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