How to Clean a Drillbrush Power Scrubber
Posted by John Cittadino on
You use your trusty Drillbrush Power Scrubber for everything!
You’ve cleaned the bathtub, the sink, the shower doors, the grout lines, even behind the toilet! The bathroom’s never been cleaner…
Though now the brush is looking a little grimy. There’s gunk build up on the bristles, strands of hair are tangled throughout the brush, and there’s a noticeably icky aura surrounding it.
You’ve cleaned the room, but how do you clean the brush itself?
As much fun as it would be to say “whip out the Drillbrush 2 inch Detail Brush to clean each bristle,” the actual answer is take care of your brush by regularly cleaning and maintaining it. Doing so will keep your brushes from getting nasty and greatly decrease the need to purchase a new one.
In this article, we’ll go over the best ways to clean your Drillbrush Power Scrubber to get the maximum life out of it!
Soap & Water
I have a sinking suspicion this brush is gonna be sparklingly clean soon!
One of the most effective ways to clean your Drillbrush is to simply scrub it with soap and water. There are two preferred ways to get it done;
First is to simply squirt some dish soap on the brush and run it under warm water. Use your fingers to massage the soap through all the bristles, getting the brush nice and sudsy. Then, rinse it off in a sink or tub, still using your fingers to work the water through every cluster of bristles.
Scrubbin’ the scrubber!
The other method is to make a small bath for your brush using soapy water. Get a tub or bucket and fill it with warm water and dish soap. Then, dip the brush in and, like the previous method, use your fingers to scrub the bristles.
These methods are good for cleaning up after low-intensity cleaning tasks where the brush hasn’t gotten too grimey, but you still want to keep it pristine. It’s also good for removing any hair tangled up in the bristles, as the hand scrubbing allows you to pull the strands out of the brush’s nylon clutches.
The only thing to watch out for is some splashback when you run your fingers through the bristles, as the damp brush can fling water droplets around. Keep your head back to void an unwanted spritzing.
Dishin’ out the detergent!
Now I know what you’re thinking; “scrubbing the brush by hand? That goes against everything I stand for as a Drillbrush user.”
Luckily for you, there’s another way to get your brush looking spotless while keeping your hands relatively dry!
Our brushes are dishwasher safe, so you can simply place it on a rack and let the machine do it for you. The dishwasher should have enough power to wash away any gunk or grime on the bristles in an efficient manner.
When finished, be careful not to touch the steel shaft right away, as it may become hot in the washer. Other than that, using your dishwasher is a great way to keep your brush nice and clean!
It’s rockin that “drip”; drip-dry that is!
We’ve finally cleaned our Drillbrush! But now it’s soaking wet! Drying an object covered in bristles is not an easy feat, but we have a few ways to get it done.
Regardless of which of the following avenues you choose, be sure to ALWAYS wipe off the shaft. As it is stainless steel, it could become rusted if left damp for too long
The first is to just let it air dry. Place the wet brush on a towel or paper towel on a counter and just let it sit there for the night. The water will run off and get absorbed by the towel or evaporate in the air over time. However, this method is slow and not perfect.
You could also wipe and pat it down with a towel first, then let it sit. This should get rid of more water quicker, but there’s an even faster way.
What better way to dry a Drillbrush than with a drill?
Not only is it faster, but it’s very satisfying to do too! Simply put the brush back into a drill, and let ‘er rip! The drill will fling a great deal of water out of the brush, leaving less for you to sop up or leave to dry.
Naturally, you’ll want to do this in a place you don’t mind getting wet. We recommend pointing the brush down into a shower, tub, or deep sink so the water doesn’t go everywhere. You could also do this outside on the lawn if you lack the indoor facilities.
No method is 100% for drying out bristles, but all of these methods will help get it to its proper unmoistened state!
Scrubbing Pads and Cotton Buffers
Drillbrush scrubbing pads can be cleaned in a similar way. Pads are not too terribly different from kitchen sponges, so running them under running water with soap and kneading the trapped dirt out of it is a viable way to get them clean. The same is true for the Cotton Buffer.
Keep Your Brush Pristine
By cleaning your Drillbrush regularly, you help preserve their effectiveness whenever you need to fire it up for a task. Frequent upkeep will have you spending less time shopping for new brushes and more time getting the job done!
For more cleaning tips, we made a video a while back on Drillbrush cleaning and maintenance and our Drillbrush Tips and Tricks series features several tutorials on other ways to keep your brush in tip-top shape!