brush condition, brush health

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brush condition, brush health

Post by nicodemus38 » Sat Apr 02, 2016 3:41 pm

Just when does one say a boar brush definitely needs a vinegar bath?

softness changes? flexibility?

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Post by brothers » Sat Apr 02, 2016 3:59 pm

Maybe it's supposed to help get rid of the new brush stink.
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Post by CMur12 » Sat Apr 02, 2016 4:17 pm

Nic, I haven't had to clean any of my brushes, but I have a water softener and I rinse my brushes out very well. Those who have hard water seem to need to clean their brushes more frequently, or perhaps those who don't rinse them out as well after use. I would think that if you're finding that your brush (boar or badger) isn't performing as it once did, you might consider giving it a clean. This would especially be true if you can see deposits from soap or hard water building up at the base of the knot.

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Post by nicodemus38 » Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:05 pm

I cant really see any buildup at the base, but I do have hard water.

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Post by Squire » Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:12 pm

nic rather than vinegar you might look into barber/beauty supply houses for something that doesn't smell as strong.
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Post by CMur12 » Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:39 pm

Vinegar is a standard agent used to remove hard water deposits. It should be diluted, though I don't know the proportion to water off hand. If you look to another cleaning agent for the brush, be sure that it addresses hard water deposits.

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Post by Ouchmychin » Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:38 pm

You might want to use Dawn dish soap first to remove any greasy deposits from shaving cream; rinse well; then vinegar.
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Post by ThePossum » Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:16 am

Here is a link to a video and directions at Em's Place showing the procedure for cleaning a brush. Does not say when you should do it other than seeing deposits at the base of the knot.

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Post by Ouchmychin » Fri Apr 08, 2016 4:41 pm

I can't believe how little water that lady used in her rinses. I run the water much faster and I rinse more times. I also don't believe in conditioners for shave brushes. They work by depositing a layer of emulsified wax which is melted by hot water and deposits on ones hair. I don't want that on my brushes even if they feel softer.
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Post by ThePossum » Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:36 am

Ouchmychin wrote:I can't believe how little water that lady used in her rinses. I run the water much faster and I rinse more times. I also don't believe in conditioners for shave brushes. They work by depositing a layer of emulsified wax which is melted by hot water and deposits on ones hair. I don't want that on my brushes even if they feel softer.
Good points Pete. Just think it is try what you think best about doing it. At least this video gives us a basic idea of how to clean a brush. What you use is just like which brush, razor, cream/soap combo works for each of us. Thanks for the input about the conditioner use.
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Post by nicodemus38 » Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:01 pm

I gotta get to work on my omega, been nearly a year with it. good little brush.

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