Hygiene Brushware: Exploring the role of cleaning equipment in response to Version 9 of the BRCGS Global Food Safety Standard.

Auditable since February 2023, Version 9 of the BRCGS Global Food Safety Standard has already made its mark on the food industry, with sites working harder than ever to meet the relevant expectations. One key example of Version 9’s impact can be found in the purchasing and maintenance of cleaning equipment.

With an expectation that any equipment will be hygienically designed, fit for purpose, and suitably identified for intended use, it follows that only the best tools will help a site to drive standards and secure audit compliance. Determined to provide support as you bring your Hygiene Equipment up to spec, we decided to take a concentrated look at Hygiene Brushware – outlining everything you need to know about this subject.

Covering key terms, the different styles of brush, the bristle options, and more, this comprehensive guide will help you to ensure your brushware is durable, efficient, cost-effective, and user-friendly, not to mention reflective of the relevant BRCGS standards.  

In this article, we will be answering the following questions. Click the links below if you would prefer to skip to the option most relevant to you and your site.

What is hygiene brushware? 

If you work within a food processing or preparation environment, it is likely that you hear the term ‘hygienic design’ on a regular basis. From BRCGS requirements and feedback from your auditors to conversations with your suppliers and questions from your operatives, hygienic design is everywhere.  

But what is hygienic design? 

Put simply, it is the assurance that a piece of equipment is easy to clean and will not risk the safety or quality of a product.  

As specialists in the food and beverage sector for over 20 years, we have worked tirelessly to establish ourselves as experts in this area, ensuring all Klipspringer equipment meets and surpasses the relevant standards. One of the best examples of our passion for hygienic design can be found in our extensive range of brushware. Here are just a few of the ways in which we have enhanced the design of our equipment.

Our hygienically designed brushware: 

  • Doesn’t have any crevices, rough surfaces or bug traps that could harbour bacteria – conforming to EHEDG hygienic design principles.
  • Is made of food contact approved polymers (sometimes referred to as ‘food grade’ material). This will prevent any harmful substances and chemicals from finding their way into your product.
  • Features high quality heat-set bristles, with the bristle clumps securely fixed into the brush stock to withstand immense levels of pressure and heat. This reduces the risk of bristles falling out of the brush and into your product.
  • Is available in up to 11 colours, allowing you to have a different colour for every application, with further identification available through food safe IndeliMarking.

With Version 9 of the BRCGS standard stating that: 

‘Cleaning equipment shall be hygienically designed and fit for purpose’  

and 

‘Cleaning equipment must be suitably identified for intended use’ 

It is more important than ever to embrace the benefits of hygienic design – evaluating the equipment currently in use at your site and enhancing your tools wherever possible. 

What are the key terms you need to know?

There are five key ranges of hygiene brushware. First, let’s explore the two options that relate to bristle anchorage: heat-set and resin-set. 

Heat-set (standard range) 

This is the method of bristle anchorage present in the majority of our hygiene brushes. As the name suggests, the bristles of a heat-set brush are inserted as part of a high-speed process that involves an intense level of heat. This results in the secure retention of bristles – making them virtually impossible to pull out. What’s more, the high-density brush bodies are moulded under an extreme pressure, ensuring weak spots and bubbles are eliminated. Consequently, heat-set brushes are compliant with key food safety standards and are suitable for use in food production. 

Resin-set 

Offering an alternate approach to brush manufacturing, resin-set brushes are made by inserting the bristle clumps into the brush and floating resin over the surface. Although we manufacture and supply a range of resin set brushes for specific customer demands, we want to highlight the fact that we do not recommend this style of brush. Not only is it the more expensive option, but the resin has very little impact on the assurance of bristle retention. What’s more, the resin itself poses a risk as a substance that is unsuitable for direct food contact. 

Now let’s take a closer look at the three different brush types available. 

Detectable brushes   

Introduced in an effort to minimise the risk of foreign body contamination, detectable brushes feature polymer bristles. The polymer in question contains small amounts of metal. This means that in the unlikely event that a bristle falls into your product, it has a higher chance of being picked up by a metal detector. Although these brushes offer an excellent opportunity for sites to protect their product and ingredients, they aren’t the most popular option on the market. This is due to their brittle bristles and the number of superior options in the Klipspringer hygiene range.  

High heat brushes

The bristles of a high heat brush are made from a peek material that is able to carry out a robust clean of contact surfaces with temperatures of up to 250°C. It is no surprise then that a high heat brush is the ideal choice for cleaning the hot areas within your site, with examples including heat sealing equipment, packing machinery, and grills. It’s also worth noting that the bristles of a high heat brush are food contact approved, helping you to meet the relevant health and safety requirements, impress your customers, and gain the trust of external auditors. 

Water fed brushes 

Water fed brushes feature an open brush connection that allows water to be fed through the brush and out of the bristles. This function is particularly useful when it comes to combined cleaning and rinsing. One popular example of use is the cleaning of vehicles, but water fed brushes are also a popular choice for hygiene teams working within food and beverage factorieshelping to reduce downtime and support the efforts of hygiene operatives. The Klipspringer range features a selection of water fed brushes and we also offer a selection of water fed handles to suit.  

What are the different styles of brushware?

Now that we’ve outlined the definition of Hygiene Brushware and discussed some of the key words surrounding this topic, it is time to explore the cleaning equipment available to you within this range. We would first like to draw your attention to the fact that all of our brushware is available in up to 11 colours and is in stock for next day delivery. Our brushes are also FDA approved, and compliant with BRCGS V9, FSSC 2000 and EHEDG design principles.  

Below are six common brushware requirements, along with our equipment recommendations for each application:

Floor cleaning 

Soft bristle sweepers are suited to fine substances, whereas stiff bristle brooms will deal with heavier waste materials. Available in widths ranging from 300 – 600m and featuring threaded connectors to fit our range of threaded handles.   

Abrasive cleans

Stiffer brushware, such as our Extra Stiff Scrub are suited to surfaces that require abrasive scrubbing. The High/Low Deck Scrub is also a great choice. Both are available with waterfed options for wet cleans and have angled bristles for better coverage. 

Drains, pipes, tanks & vats 

Suitable brushes range from a 10mm bottle brush to a 120mm tube brush or even a 200mm tank brush. Available with a range of handle options and detachable tube brush heads, they are ideal for cleaning longer pipes or round corners.  

Machine or work surfaces – light waste material

Our hand, bannister and flour brushes are the preferred option for the removal of lightweight waste, with their softer bristles providing a smooth, clean sweep. If you do opt for a hand brush, we have over 27 styles for you to choose from. 

Machine or work surfaces – tougher applications

Churn brushes and hand scrubs are specifically designed for tougher applications with stubborn or baked-on debris, offering stiff bristles and a comfortable grip. Within this range, there are multiple shapes and sizes to choose from.

Small or hard-to-reach areas like pipework and ceilings

From small detail brushes to long-handled machine brushes with a hand guard, we have a design for every application. We even have high reach brushes that can be attached to extendable telescopic handles and moulded around pipework.

What are the different styles of bristle, and which one do I need? 

Extra soft Brushware: Features super-soft bristles that are useful for dry and dusty materials such as flour and spices.

Soft/Medium Brushware: Suited to dry environments, but has slightly thicker bristles that can deal with heavier dry debris. 

Medium/Stiff Brushware: Has even thicker bristles that are able to withstand wet environments and large waste material.

Extra stiff Brushware: Useful for scrubbing and agitating dirt thanks to its thick and short bristles. These bristles are used in deck and hand scrubs for the removal of baked-on material. 

Combination Brushware: Features stiff leading bristles at the front of the brush that deal with tough dirt, then softer bristles further back that sweep up and collect lightweight debris. 


So that brings us to the end of our comprehensive guide to Hygiene Brushware. We hope you now have an in depth understanding of the options available to you and your site. From high heat brushes that operate in temperatures up to 250°C to combination brushes that boast an innovative blend of bristles, there really is an option for every application. What’s more, Klipspringer brushware is FDA approved and reflective of the relevant standards, so your site will have a stronger chance than ever of audit compliance and customer satisfaction.  

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