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A clean sweep at Armstrong Ward

At Armstrong Ward in Wainwright’s Yard, there’s a vast range of specialist brushes to help clean every nook and cranny. So if it’s your ambition to start the decade with a clean slate, you will find much to make the task of cleaning a tad more enjoyable.

To tackle outside jobs, like raking leaves and twigs, which can still gather in corners at this time of year, or sweeping doormats and decks, there’s a sturdy lightweight broom made from coconut palm. It has the natural strength and flexibility of the centre rib of the palm frond and the density of the fibres. You can flip it on its side to get into narrower spaces too. The only downside with this good looking broom is it’s too beautiful to use.

If you’ve been doing outside jobs you may need a nailbrush. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the whites of your nails restored after a gentle brush under running water.

Another satisfying tool for those who like to be able to get into hard to reach places is the radiator brush. Designed and developed by Redecker in Germany, quality brush manufacturers since 1935, this long-handled brush will reach the smallest slats of encased radiators as well as behind and between the bars of conventional cast iron and column style radiators and towel rails. There’s a lovely oiled beechwood handle to hold, at the end of a flexible, stainless steel wire which is treated so it won’t scratch as you poke, prod and fettle. The brush is made of soft, light, goat hair that is anti-static and cleans and removes dust and debris with ease.

Armstrong Ward also stock a Redecker double-jointed laptop brush. There’s one row of goat hair and one row of horsehair. The former is ideal for removing dust and the latter can tackle stubbornly entrenched crumbs. So no more prodding and pocking at unsightly crud in your keyboard.

Another sort of brush that’s indispensable is one that can clean tea, coffee pot and water bottle spouts, narrow vases and glasses. There’s a good selection of Redecker conical brushes on a rigid, twisted steel wire, the light bristle heads are tipped with a variety of materials including wool and soft bristles.

So ‘brush up’ on those New Year intentions and bring some shine into your home.

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