01-17-2014, 11:00 PM
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I just got a used brush how should i clean it before i use it?

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 01-18-2014, 04:24 AM
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Some folks use MAC brush cleaner.

Others use a diluted vinegar bath and some dish soap or baby shampoo.

Here is some discussion. http://shavenook.com/thread-brush-cleaning

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 01-18-2014, 05:30 AM
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(01-18-2014, 04:24 AM)Bowhnter Wrote: Some folks use MAC brush cleaner.

Others use a diluted vinegar bath and some dish soap or baby shampoo.

Here is some discussion. http://shavenook.com/thread-brush-cleaning

I second MAC Cleaner. I use it to clean my brushes.

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 01-18-2014, 09:16 AM
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  • Alpha
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Just give it a good washing with mild shampoo or dish soap.

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 01-18-2014, 08:16 PM
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(01-18-2014, 09:16 AM)Alpha Wrote: Just give it a good washing with mild shampoo or dish soap.

+1. I bought most of my brushes used and never had a problem after a good shampoo or two.

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 01-20-2014, 02:58 PM
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I use an industrial detergent, but that's only because I have it (Planisol M) . I've also used whatever else I've had on hand. Any detergent will do, even dish detergent. You're only needing to clean it. Anything that can be a health risk can't live beyond a few days after the brush is dry anyway.

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 01-20-2014, 03:14 PM
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Dawn soap and warm water are all that are needed to clean a "new to you" used brush.

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 01-20-2014, 04:11 PM
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  • Alpha
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(01-20-2014, 02:58 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I use an industrial detergent, but that's only because I have it (Planisol M) . I've also used whatever else I've had on hand. Any detergent will do, even dish detergent. You're only needing to clean it. Anything that can be a health risk can't live beyond a few days after the brush is dry anyway.

While I'm sure you had success I'd still be careful with a strong "industrial" cleaner. I've heard of people having brushes shed terribly after using strong cleaners.

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 01-20-2014, 04:42 PM
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  • CRAusmus
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I just use Dawn..

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 01-20-2014, 05:32 PM
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+3 for Dawn.

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 01-21-2014, 12:46 AM
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(01-20-2014, 04:11 PM)Alpha Wrote:
(01-20-2014, 02:58 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I use an industrial detergent, but that's only because I have it (Planisol M) . I've also used whatever else I've had on hand. Any detergent will do, even dish detergent. You're only needing to clean it. Anything that can be a health risk can't live beyond a few days after the brush is dry anyway.

While I'm sure you had success I'd still be careful with a strong "industrial" cleaner. I've heard of people having brushes shed terribly after using strong cleaners.

Google it. That's why I gave the name. It isn't harsh or strong, just a very good "wide spectrum" detergent. Well behaved too.

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 01-21-2014, 12:59 AM
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  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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I use MAC brush cleanser.

Diluted vinegar followed by baby shampoo works well too.

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 01-21-2014, 01:50 AM
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  • Shaun
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I find a 10 minute soak in a borax solution really gets old soapy gunk off and softens the brushes tremendously. Say a tablespoon of borax well mixed with a half-pint of warm water. The rinse, soak in half-pint of warm water with two tablespoons of white vinegar, 10 mins. The rinse and maybe shampoo (the brush, not you) rinse and bingo. Borax is a really great substance; I remember it used to be used as an additive in whites-washing.

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 01-21-2014, 04:47 AM
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Aside from used brushes, how often should someone clean their brushes?

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 01-21-2014, 05:41 AM
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  • davizera
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(01-21-2014, 04:47 AM)rellano Wrote: Aside from used brushes, how often should someone clean their brushes?

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It really depends on the kind of water that you have, as harder water will create more soap scum. Also it's important to know how often you use a brush.

If you use your brush twice a week, a vinegar soak and wash every couple of months should be more than sufficient.

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 01-21-2014, 10:34 AM
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+4 on a good and mild soap. You can do 2-4 cleaning if you so desire. I have done this with all my used brushes and have never encountered any issues.

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 01-21-2014, 08:41 PM
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Now I feel I need to buy some brushes to try out some of the suggestions.

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 01-21-2014, 09:08 PM
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  • MaxP
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Diluted Simple Green is also suitable.

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