Processing produce to make them eligible for selling is no small task. Facilities have to be quick, efficient, and, most of all, reliable. This means that you get the best equipment to ensure that the produce reaches the markets looking good.

Produce brushes are one of the required equipment for the processing of vegetables and fruits. These brushes help to clean, remove dirt, and polish the fruits and vegetables. Some vegetables, such as carrots and potatoes, have soil clinging on them that require a brush to remove. Additionally, fruits such as apples need a thin coat of wax to preserve them better.

Produce brushes help with these and more functions. There are many types of brushes in the market today. Manufacturers make them from various materials so you can choose according to your needs.

Furthermore, they come in various sizes, with different bristles and shapes. So it is easy to get lost due to their specific features. Luckily, we offer a helpful guide to choosing the ones that are right for your produce.

What to Consider

1. Produce

The first thing you need to consider is the type of produce you are processing. Different fruits and vegetables have different needs. For example, vegetables such as potatoes and carrots grow underground. Therefore, they come out with dirt that regular washing cannot completely get rid of.

Washing brushes help to remove dirt from these types of vegetables. They reach the nooks and crannies that water cannot reach, ensuring that the produce is clean and healthy. Often these vegetables require cleaning brushes with tough bristles.

Additionally, some produce requires peeling as part of the processing. This calls for abrasive brushes. Fruits often need waxing as part of the processing, so they need waxing brushes. Finally, some produce requires polishing to make them more attractive to buyers, so you will need polishing brushes.

The bristles you use on potatoes are different from the ones you use on apples. Figuring out which type of produce you process will guide you into selecting the various brushes you require.

2. Material

Next, consider the materials that make the brush. Manufacturers make brushes from different materials. The various materials are ideal for different functions and produce. The most common brush materials include:

There are more, but these are best for most facilities.

3. Size

Next, produce brushes come in various sizes. The variation’s in sizes means that they can achieve different needs. More than that, the variations in sizes mean that they can fit multiple machines.

Some can fit shafts of various diameters. More than that, various brush sizes mean that you can use them for different produce. Larger brushes are ideal for big fruits and vegetables such as cabbage and pineapples. Smaller brushes are better for apples and berries as they can carefully wash and polish the fruits and vegetables without damaging them.

4. Bristles

Natural bristles are made from some sort of animal hair, such as hog or badger. Synthetic bristles are often made from nylon, polyester, or a combination of both.

Horse hair is a medium to high cost material. Tail hair is stiffer than mane hair. It’s soft to slightly stiff texture gives a scratch-free dry cleaning and has very good durability. Horse hair is highly absorbent due to the many tapered scales along its length which allow it to carry liquids very well. Not resistant to acids or alkalis, it is used for buffing, cleaning, dusting, and finishing in a variety of bristle brush styles.

There are discussion within food safety due to the “possibility” of spreading listeria or other bacteria because it is hollow. Although there are no known infections due to horse hair bristle wax brushes.

Different bristles have different functions. For example, what can wash, does not polish nor wax. The main types of bristles include:

There are variations, but these are the most common and ideal for many facilities.

5. Purpose

Lastly, the purpose of the brush should guide you into choosing the best one. Different brushes will serve multiple purposes but the most common include: