05-13-2012, 12:48 PM
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normally I'll let my razors sit in some warm water with dish soap for a few minutes before I start scrubbing them with a tooth brush. after I do that for a bit, I'll dunk them in some alcohol for 15-30 seconds and then rinse them off again in warm water before putting them up.

I noticed that my approach isn't the best for removing oxidation and excessive crud. what do you guys do to clean up your razors, especially used razors?

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 05-13-2012, 12:54 PM
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Soak in hot water with dish detergent for about 30 minutes. Then break out the scrubbing bubbles and a toothbrush and go to town. It may not get them showroom quality, but they look mighty nice to me!

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 05-13-2012, 12:55 PM
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I use Scrubbing Bubbles (or the Wal-Mart/Target equivalent) and let them sit in that for about 10-15 minutes. Then I scrub with a toothbrush and soap, followed by a water rinse and a Barbicide soak. For a bit of shine, where appropriate, I use MAAS polish.

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 05-13-2012, 01:58 PM
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I use a tiny amount of Planisol-M in the hottest water the razors can stand. If they are all metal razors I've been known to simmer them for awhile. If plastic parts, then 130°F water and just leave them alone until the water cools off. Then a toothbrush and either some Bartenders Friend or a little toothpaste.

I've been meaning to try this, but a Water Pic might work even better than a toothbrush.

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 05-13-2012, 02:24 PM
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(05-13-2012, 01:58 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I use a tiny amount of Planisol-M in the hottest water the razors can stand. If they are all metal razors I've been known to simmer them for awhile. If plastic parts, then 130°F water and just leave them alone until the water cools off. Then a toothbrush and either some Bartenders Friend or a little toothpaste.

I've been meaning to try this, but a Water Pic might work even better than a toothbrush.

Toothpaste... inspired! Off to give it a try...

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 05-13-2012, 02:37 PM
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(05-13-2012, 02:24 PM)ben74 Wrote:
(05-13-2012, 01:58 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I use a tiny amount of Planisol-M in the hottest water the razors can stand. If they are all metal razors I've been known to simmer them for awhile. If plastic parts, then 130°F water and just leave them alone until the water cools off. Then a toothbrush and either some Bartenders Friend or a little toothpaste.

I've been meaning to try this, but a Water Pic might work even better than a toothbrush.

Toothpaste... inspired! Off to give it a try...

Ah yes, the toothpaste trick. Forgot to mention that, but I've used it too with great results. Nice mention Brian.

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 05-13-2012, 03:16 PM
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(05-13-2012, 01:58 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I use a tiny amount of Planisol-M in the hottest water the razors can stand. If they are all metal razors I've been known to simmer them for awhile. If plastic parts, then 130°F water and just leave them alone until the water cools off. Then a toothbrush and either some Bartenders Friend or a little toothpaste.

I've been meaning to try this, but a Water Pic might work even better than a toothbrush.

hmnn...haven't heard of using toothpaste before. is there any particular kind to use? what's the proper method of use?

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 05-13-2012, 03:54 PM
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I just use what we have open. I don't know that anyone has compared the different brands to see what works best on razors. Just use it with a toothbrush. No need to bear down, just brush lightly.

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 05-13-2012, 07:49 PM
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Warm water, scrub with toothbrush, a trip in the ultrasonic cleaner when needed.

Toothpaste is a good trick though, have to remember that Smile

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 05-14-2012, 02:29 AM
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For a real shine try the "THE BAKING SODA METHOD

See here for detailed cleaning instructions:

http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/homeexpts/tarnish.html

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 05-14-2012, 05:54 AM
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Yes, brushing and flossing work for me. Oh wait, that's my teeth.Biggrin

Razors: hot water soak, scrubbing bubble soak, soap and toothbrush, hot water rinse.

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 05-14-2012, 06:08 AM
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Scrubbing bubbles, Maas and a soft toothbrush. For vintage silver, I'll also use the hot water/baking soda trick.

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 05-14-2012, 09:06 AM
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which variant of scrubbing bubbles do you guys use?

http://www.scrubbingbubbles.com/Products...fault.aspx

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 05-14-2012, 09:10 AM
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(05-14-2012, 02:29 AM)ben74 Wrote: For a real shine try the "THE BAKING SODA METHOD

See here for detailed cleaning instructions:

http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/homeexpts/tarnish.html

reading that, it looks like it's meant for silver and silver plating. will that cause any damage to say, gold plated razors?

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 05-14-2012, 10:55 AM
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Gold is less reactive than silver is, so most likely not. Proceed with caution though - not all platings are created equal.

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 05-14-2012, 01:04 PM
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(05-14-2012, 09:06 AM)andrewjs18 Wrote: which variant of scrubbing bubbles do you guys use?

http://www.scrubbingbubbles.com/Products...fault.aspx

Andrew, the Scrubbing Bubbles I use is in the spray can (left). However, Wal-Mart markets its own (right). It costs less and works just as well.

[Image: ScrubbingBubblesandWal-Martbrandofsame.jpg]

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 05-14-2012, 09:38 PM
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(05-14-2012, 10:55 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: Gold is less reactive than silver is, so most likely not. Proceed with caution though - not all platings are created equal.

good points.

(05-14-2012, 01:04 PM)freddy Wrote:
(05-14-2012, 09:06 AM)andrewjs18 Wrote: which variant of scrubbing bubbles do you guys use?

http://www.scrubbingbubbles.com/Products...fault.aspx

Andrew, the Scrubbing Bubbles I use is in the spray can (left). However, Wal-Mart markets its own (right). It costs less and works just as well.

[Image: ScrubbingBubblesandWal-Martbrandofsame.jpg]

thanks for the info. next time I'm in walmart, I'll pick some up and give it a whirl!

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 05-14-2012, 09:52 PM
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(05-14-2012, 09:10 AM)andrewjs18 Wrote:
(05-14-2012, 02:29 AM)ben74 Wrote: For a real shine try the "THE BAKING SODA METHOD

See here for detailed cleaning instructions:

http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/homeexpts/tarnish.html

reading that, it looks like it's meant for silver and silver plating. will that cause any damage to say, gold plated razors?

Baking soda method: YES to silver, NO to gold!
Toothpaste: YES to silver, NO to gold!

Gold is soft and easily scratched, baking soda and toothpaste cleaning IMO is too abrasive.

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 05-15-2012, 09:59 PM
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A cautionary note on MAAS cleaner and polish - it does an excellent job of removing tarnish and crud from metal razors, but it can take the thin gold plating off as well! Sad

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 05-16-2012, 12:23 AM
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(05-15-2012, 09:59 PM)wknicholas Wrote: A cautionary note on MAAS cleaner and polish - it does an excellent job of removing tarnish and crud from metal razors, but it can take the thin gold plating off as well! Sad

Yes gold plating on Gillettes are notoriously thin, besides gold requires much more delicate cleaning anyway!

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