How to Clean your Badger Hair Shaving Brush
Badger Hair has been used for more than two centuries to make the best shaving brushes. Badger hair is different to many types of animal fur; like human hair it absorbs water and it is this characteristic that makes badger hair perfect for shaving brushes. The lathering process whips hot water, soap and air into a warm foam that prepares the skin and lubricates the path for the razor. Water is the key element in a good shave and the more a brush can hold, the better the lather and shave will be.
The fine tips of the hairs help to make a smooth and creamy lather and the exceptional softness of badger-hair gently massages and cleanses the face, giving a comfortable, consistent and satisfying shave.
The real purpose of the badger hair in the brush is to be able to absorb clean warm/hot water and create a rich lather in combination with good a quality shaving cream or shaving soap.
After each shave we recommend that you thoroughly rinse your shaving brush in running warm water, shake it and then hang it to dry in a shaving brush stand. This will allow the hairs to dry naturally and prevent water settling in the base of the badger hair bundle.
Over time, natural hair, left wet, may develop mildew; try to avoid leaving a wet brush in an enclosed space. If you keep it in the bathroom cabinet ensure that there is enough space for it to dry. If you wet shave away when travelling, and keep your shaving brush in a travel tube or kit bag, give it an opportunity to dry as soon and often as you can. If your brush becomes affected by mildew or a buildup of soap, clean it very thoroughly usuing a paste or solution of Borax, which can be obtained from a hardware shop.
The longevity of a quality badger hair shaving brush is directly related to the care and maintenance it is given. The lifespan of the hair may also be affected by using some commercially, mass produced shaving products, many of which contain alcohol and shaving oils. The experience of our users and the recommendation from badger hair suppliers is that, if used with a shaving oil, over time the individual hairs can become coated with oil; as a consequence the ability to absorb water is reduced and the brush will not create such a good lather.
No matter how carefully you look after your shaving brush it may, from time to time require more thorough cleaning. You will need to purchase some household Borax Substitute powder from a hardware or similar household shop.
- Mix some Borax Substitute in a small container with enough water to make a thick paste.
- Rub the paste into the hair of the brush gently and work it down to the base of the hairs. Leave it overnight.
- Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
- Repeat every two to three months.
** Use of shaving oil will reduce the effectiveness of your brush as the oil will coat the hairs and prevent the absorption of water. If you have used a shaving oil then first use some hand soap or washing up liquid to create a lather in the brush and remove some of the oiliness. Then proceed to stage 1.
How to Clean your Synthetic Fill Shaving Brush
One key benefit of synthetic fill shaving brushes is that the brush dries very quickly and is extremely resistant to problems associated with lather residue in natural badger hair brushes. This makes synthetic fill shaving brushs particulary ideal for travel purposes.
To keep your shaving brush in the best condition, regularly wash the fibres under warm running water to rinse it thoroughly. Shake away the excess water and allo the fibres to dry naturally or hanging in a stand.