Rather than buying, borrowing, or dragging out a pressure washer the next time you need to clean your siding or remove stubborn gunk from your truck, why not try a simple brush broom with a water-channeling handle like this Libman “Flow Thru” model.
The handle on this brush combo measures 3-1/2 feet long when retracted, and it connects to a standard hose fitting for water flow. You can extend the handle up to 6 feet by loosening the ring near the business end. When you need to apply water to loosen up some gunk, just flip the on/off valve at the top of the handle.
The resin-head vehicle brush has a 9″ block and 10″ x 3″ scrubbing surface, and is populated with 94 tufts of 3″ polymer fibers that should be soft enough to use on your car or truck without scratching the finish. They also sell an all-surface brush head which can be used as a vehicle brush too.
While this particular brush and handle come bundled together, you can buy also buy the flow though handles separately. The Libman Flow Thru handle uses standard broom threads (3/4″, 5TPI). You can pair it with any brush or broom that has threads all the way through the head for the water to flow through.
If you live in the Midwest, Menards stocks both Libman brushes and flow thru handles in stores for $13 a piece, otherwise, you can purchase the Libman brush combo for $24 through the Home Depot website. You can also purchase just the handle through Walmart’s website for $18.
According to some online product descriptions, the brush and handle are made in the USA, but the ones we’ve seen at Menards were marked as being made in China.
My Experience with this Tool
I first purchased the Libman all-surface brush and flow thru handle to wash my fiber cement siding. I was concerned that the brush would either be not stiff enough to remove dirt in the crevices or too stiff and would damage the paint. To my relief it performed well. It also didn’t leak at the switch or the extension joint, which was a plus
I don’t wash my truck with this brush because I am lazy and use the car wash, but I do carry it in the bed for clearing snow off the truck in winter. I like the telescoping handle for clearing snow from the roof.
My father-in-law did break the threaded end off inside the broom when I was gone, so I have had to purchase another handle. To this day I have no idea what he was trying to do with it. Otherwise I have never had a problem with normal usage.
One interesting note – according to Libman’s page on sustainability, they use recycled materials when possible, and the product description on Home Depot says that the vehicle brush’s bristles are made from recycled water bottles.