People are only just realising what the brushes on the sides of escalators are for and it's blowing their minds | The Sun

HAVE you ever wondered what the brushes are for on the sides of escalators?

Well, if you've ever used them to clean your shoes, you've been using them wrong.


According to a video shared on the Untold Facts TikTok page, the brushes are actually an important safety feature.

"The brushes on the side of escalators aren’t for polishing your shoes," the video began.

"You may have been using these escalator brushes to clean your shoes.

"However, these bristles are actually a big safety feature.

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"One of the biggest reasons for escalator mishaps is people getting their clothes and bags stuck in them when they stand too close to the sides."

So the bristles ensure you "keep your feet away from escalator’s skirt panels", and help prevent any accidents.

And the comments section was quickly filled with remarks from people who admitted they'd either been involved in an accident themselves, or witnessed one.

"I got my floor length dress caught in an escalator and it left oil/grease stains on it that i could never remove," one wrote.

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"Only recently my hubby helped a lady who got her skirt stuck on the escalator," another added.

As a third commented: "Escalators scare the s**t out of me to this day.

"My kids laugh at me because i take the stairs to this day!"

While others admitted they always use the brushes to clean their shoes.

"Everyone cleans his shoes on the brushes," one wrote.

"Yep I've done the shoe thing with them brushes!!!" another added.

As a third commented: "Lol…I still use the brush in the escalator even if my shoes are clean.

"It is so satisfying!"

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