Best way to eliminate excess water from a shaving brush

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  1. Alex7

    Alex7 Active Member

    I have 2 questions about eliminating excess water from a shaving brush.

    1. After soaking or wetting the brush prior to a shave is it better to squeeze the hairs to eliminate the excess water, or shake the brush?

    2. After the shave when I rinse the brush, is it better to squeeze the hairs to eliminate the excess water, or shake the brush?

    I'm asking because I'm worried if I shake the brush too hard I'll force the hairs out in time.
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2020
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  2. Queen of Blades

    Queen of Blades Mistress of Mischief Staff Member

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    You won't.

    Dry the brush however you like. You can't hurt it either way.
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  3. DrStrange

    DrStrange Active Member

    Before I load the brush, I shake excess water off.

    After I finish shaving, I squeeze the soap out before I rinse it, but the brush I use
    has artificial bristles and doesn't shed, so it might be a little more durable
    than a modern badger knot if it hasn't been set in rubber.
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  4. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    I don't soak any of my brushes. I also do not use hot water; just what comes out of the cold water side. I just wet the brush, shake it off, and then load it. I do use hot water to rinse out the brush. I shake it, squeeze it, and then towel dry it with painting motions. Then I set it aside with hairs up to dry. That's my way. It works well for me.
  5. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

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    I soak, then squeeze.
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  6. Badgerstate

    Badgerstate Well-Known Member

    I just shake the water out of mine. I dont shake them so hard that it could damage the hairs though. IMO, theres a difference between shaking and whipping.
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  7. brit

    brit in a box

    a squeeze then a flick..this doesn't sound right..:D
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  8. poppi

    poppi Well-Known Member

    I soak, then squeeze then load and use. When finished, I squeeze out the excess lather, rinse and use painting motion on a towel to dry. Works great for me
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  10. david of central florida

    david of central florida Rhubarb Rubber

    Flick 'em after soak before loading, use both swirl and painting motions during, then rinse in hot water and paint the bottom of sink til clean,, and after a final flick, left up side down to dry.
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  11. Alex7

    Alex7 Active Member

    Maybe it's best if I squeeze the hairs and then shake the brush.
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  12. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    Whether I squeeze or flick, depends on the type of brush. Boar, flick. Badger, squeeze or flick. Synthetic, squeeze.
    Same, though I don't squeeze out lather first. I squeeze several times during the rinse. I cup my hand around the bristles, handle down, and rinse directly under running water, squeezing several times until the water runs clear.

    I then shake and squeeze excess water out of the knot, and dry it by squeezing the knot in a towel, then follow up by using paintbrush motions on the towel in several directions.

    This method is what most people use, but if you have a wooden handled brush, avoid getting water deep into the knot. It won't hurt the knot, but it can cause the base of the knot to swell, which can crack a wooden handle.
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  13. Angelo85

    Angelo85 Well-Known Member

    When I clean my brush after a shave; this is my routine.
    Rinse & squeeze knot under warm water.
    Rinse & squeeze knot under cold water.
    Shake out brush firmly & briskly.
    Take brush to towel and do circular motions/back & forth on towel.
    If brush looks back to normal put it on stand; if not re-rinse brush and repeat process.
    I only use synthetics and never had a problem cleaning & drying my brushes this way.
  14. J_Man

    J_Man right on the Mass border

    My badgers I give a thorough rinse along with a few squeezes until they appear to be soap free and then I fill the shaving bowl with cold water, give a good swirl followed by a few good flicks and then a vigorous shake. I then brush on a towel in circular motions and hang upside down to dry.

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