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Understand the Difference between Types of Curling Brushes and Replacement Brush Heads

Curling Brushes
Weight - Lighter brushes are easier to push and therefore more effective. The main variable in terms of weight is the handle. There are basically four types of handle available. From heaviest to lightest these are wood, fibreglass, composite (fibreglass and carbon fiber), and pure carbon fiber. Given today’s advanced materials, wood and 100% fibreglass (over 400 gms) are simply too heavy. Goldline offers composite and carbon fiber, each differentiated by weight and price. The following table shows the relative handle weights:

1" 1 1/8"
Carbon Fiber 170 g 200 g
Fiberlite 270 g 300 g

Replacement Brush Heads

Replacement Brush Heads Synthetic vs. Hair - testing has shown hair and Synthetic heads to be equally effective in regular conditions. Some feel hair is more effective in frosty conditions. Such conditions exist at televised events where TV lights and crowds create a warm environment and ultimately frost on the ice. Such conditions seldom exist in club play. Hair is a natural fiber subject to breaking, and the effect of a rock running over a hair can be profound. Goldline hair heads are pure horsehair and the hair is set with epoxy to minimize hair loss.

8 thoughts on “Understand the Difference between Types of Curling Brushes and Replacement Brush Heads”

  • wendy s

    How can you tighten the head of the curling broom?
    It is too wobly and not staying flush on the ice.

  • Ruth  Morley

    What do you recommend for cleaning of the head. I know brush while curling but I was wondering off season, can you clean the head and if so with what would recommend?

  • Darrell Sarrasin
    Darrell Sarrasin November 4, 2012 at 7:54 am

    in response to the cleaning. the most effective way is to use a nail cleaning brush and elbow grease. I have used dish detergent in the past but you have to ensure that your brush is really clean, I recommend running it under water for a minimum of 5 minutes. hope this helps.

    • Andrew

      Great tip Darrell!

      More from Hal Moen on brush head maintenance:

      For the cordura head a nail-brush type brush is good, DO NOT use this with the Norway pad, as it will reduce it's lifespan. Simply wipe off any residue from the brush pad with your hand, glove or if you have a carpeted surface behind your hack, just gently brush it over this surface to take off frost and debris.
      The cordura head can be washed gently with soap and water, (needs to be rinsed and put out to dry in a warm dry area so it does not go mouldy (Believe me we have opened a few that were totally black with mould, - will not happen to the Norway pad)

      In the off season there is not any maintenance needed. The lighter coloured pads will show some "dirt" (wear), but as long as there is no loose debris, the pad is good to go. When the pad becomes totally "Shiny" and the edges show wear and white, it will lose effect and it is time to change your pad for a new effective one.

  • Pat

    Personally, I do not favour the nail type brush for cleaning cordura heads as repeated brushing can cause fuzzies on material. I prefer to have 2-3 heads to rotate and rinse/clean them often before they become clogged. I soak head in warm water and squeeze out residual grime from underpad, then clean cordura with running water and mild dish soap. Be sure to rinse thoroughly so no soap bubbles remain. If I'm still not satisfied I put brush head in top rack of dishwasher; again be sure to rinse away lingering soap. Squeeze water out of pad and dry thoroughly; overnight face down on towel or other absorbent pad, then flip and air dry in warm room for 1-2 days. Heads can also be put in washing machine with towels to baffle, but detergent only; no fabric softener. Do not bag in plastic for storage, but leave open to air.

  • Hans Nyman

    try a micro-fibre cloth and "lift off" the deposited material/debri from the active surface,
    any "wet" chemical treatment will alter the affinity of the surface, keep down the friction and have fun :-)

  • Mathilde Tremblay
    Mathilde Tremblay December 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Can we buy the goldline curling brush head alone ? not the pads... the actual head???

    • Andrew

      Hi Mathilde,

      We can provide the head assembly for a 1" or 1-1/8" diameter handle. Please give us a shout in Customer Service at 1-800-465-6900 for more information.

      Good curling!

      Goldline Customer Care Team

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