05-23-2013, 10:46 AM
  • Howler
  • A calamophile and vintage razor lover
  • Fort Smith AR
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This might be a silly question, I was wondering how to determine if a vintage brush is usable.

I have a Maid Rite 160 boar, that appears to be in very good condition. Can I clean the brush with vinegar?

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 05-23-2013, 10:52 AM
  • blzrfn
  • Butterscotch Bandit
  • Vancouver USA
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I usually clean first with liquid dish detergent (if the bristles are stiff I fill the sink with hot water and a touch of detergent to loosen up the old residue) followed by a soak in apple cider vinegar (10 parts water 1 part vinegar) for thirty minutes. After that give it a test lather. If the bristles start falling out or breaking you can attempt to use it, but eventually it will need a new knot or retired for display purposes if that's your thing. I have tried to save fragile bristles using everything from hair conditioner to glycerine spiked vinegar, but the attempts were futile and I saw no improvement.

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