05-12-2012, 07:32 AM
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Every two months or so, I have my weekend brush cleaning ritual. The timing is variable, depending on the state of mind, but the results are always pleasurable. In my way of thinking, the use of shaving soap or cream sounds as if the brush would be constantly clean if properly rinsed and stored. Not so with my brushes. My freshly cleaned brushes display a greater bloom than before cleaning. They pick up soap and cream much easier and deliver creamy lather faster.

My technique is a compilation of others' techniques. I find it works well, but I am always up for better ways. Here's what I do:

Dissolve two tablespoons of Borax in a mug with warm water enough to cover the brush knot. Rinse brush by swirling around for 15 to 30 seconds and repeat every 10 minutes for three times (30 min).

Remove from the Borax solution and rinse the brush in warm water. I use a another cup to gently swirl the brush while under running water until the water is clear. This is like making lather but much gentler.

Empty and rinse the cup used for rinsing. Add a small peanut size of quality hair shampoo. Gently make lather with the rinsed brush adding water as needed. The purpose here is to make sure all the badger hairs are covered with the shampoo. Let this sit for 10 minutes and swirl as if making lather again. Add water if needed and repeat after ten minutes. Rinse the brush as above until the water runs clear, shake and store as you would normally.

I hope this may help someone and generate feedback to share for an even better way to clean my (and everyone's) brushes.
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 05-12-2012, 07:35 AM
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Good guide, thank you. It is very important to keep those brushes clean, you don't want to end up with a brush full of gunk at the bottom like I see in some vintage brushes when restoring. Gross!

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 05-12-2012, 07:37 AM
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  • Johnny
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Thanks for the tip Perry.

It would take someone like Oversaturn or ben74 all weekend to clean their brushes.

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 05-12-2012, 07:50 AM
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(05-12-2012, 07:37 AM)Johnny Wrote: Thanks for the tip Perry.

It would take someone like Oversaturn or ben74 all weekend to clean their brushes.

Pancarta

I just clean those in rotation.Wink

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 05-12-2012, 07:51 AM
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(05-12-2012, 07:37 AM)Johnny Wrote: Thanks for the tip Perry.

It would take someone like Oversaturn or ben74 all weekend to clean their brushes.

I have the good foresight to employ so many brushes in my rotation that they don't require such cleaning rituals...

Besides I've found a thorough rinse after each use suffices. The only time I employ any serious cleansing routine is on the odd occasion that I acquire a pre-loved brush. But, good tip anyway and I'm sure it can't hurt!

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 05-12-2012, 07:53 AM
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A good reminder. I need a computer program to remind me every few months to do this.

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 05-12-2012, 08:05 AM
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(05-12-2012, 07:53 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: A good reminder. I need a computer program to remind me every few months to do this.

Maybe we could coat the tips with whatever they are putting on toothbrushes these days to illustrate when they are worn and provide a visual reminder of when to replace them (or in this case clean)...?

The soap scum ring at the base of the knot should be reminder enough...

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 05-12-2012, 08:20 AM
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It's kinda hard to keep the bristles or hair clean at the base of the knot where set in the handle.

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 05-12-2012, 08:22 AM
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(05-12-2012, 08:05 AM)ben74 Wrote: The soap scum ring at the base of the knot should be reminder enough...

I would just as soon not wait until the ring forms.

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 05-12-2012, 08:24 AM
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(05-12-2012, 08:20 AM)wknicholas Wrote: It's kinda hard to keep the bristles or hair clean at the base of the knot where set in the handle.

I damp one of these...
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Actually I meant on of these...
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(Apparently the gentleman above also goes by the name: Q TIP !)
...is all you need to clean around the base of the knot.

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 05-12-2012, 10:29 AM
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That may hit the hair on the outside of the knot but wouldn't get the 90% of hair you can't see in the middle.

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 05-12-2012, 10:42 AM
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Well, don't soak it in scrubbing bubbles. Over a period of time it eats away at the glue that holds the knot together. Don't ask me how I know.Angry

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 05-12-2012, 04:46 PM
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(05-12-2012, 10:42 AM)Johnny Wrote: Well, don't soak it in scrubbing bubbles. Over a period of time it eats away at the glue that holds the knot together. Don't ask me how I know.Angry

Laughing1 Luv ya Johnny!

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 05-13-2012, 12:07 AM
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(05-12-2012, 10:29 AM)Brent Wrote: That may hit the hair on the outside of the knot but wouldn't get the 90% of hair you can't see in the middle.

Rinsing the brush thoroughly after each use should do this, otherwise I'm told you risk weakening the hairs, making them susceptible to breaking...

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 05-13-2012, 12:23 AM
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(05-12-2012, 07:37 AM)Johnny Wrote: Thanks for the tip Perry.

It would take someone like Oversaturn or ben74 all weekend to clean their brushes.

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 05-13-2012, 03:13 AM
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(05-13-2012, 12:23 AM)oversaturn Wrote:
(05-12-2012, 07:37 AM)Johnny Wrote: Thanks for the tip Perry.

It would take someone like Oversaturn or ben74 all weekend to clean their brushes.

24Laughing1

Careful, I might develop a complex! Tongue

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