How often to clean brush?

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by TraderJoe, Feb 4, 2007.


How often do you wash brush?

  1. Once a Week

  2. Once a Month

  3. Once a Year

  4. Other / Duh! It gets washed every time I lather

  1. qhsdoitall

    qhsdoitall Wilbur

    Badger or Boar Oil

    Not sure if I've seen any Badger or Boar Oil around to replenish my brushes with. :) Didn't I see someplace a nice brush cleaning/reconditioning routine? Leisureguy?
  2. TraderJoe

    TraderJoe Pink Floid

    20:80 Vinegar:Water blend works well, as does A mild borax solution :cool:
  3. Queen of Blades

    Queen of Blades Mistress of Mischief Staff Member

    Moderator Supporting Vendor
    I didn't think of doing a vinegar wash on the B&B brush. I'll have to try that next.

    Thanks Joe!
  4. TraderJoe

    TraderJoe Pink Floid

    you can also add glycerin to these mixtures ;)
  5. TraderJoe

    TraderJoe Pink Floid

    Take Note:

    FYI (#5):

    brush instructions.jpg

    :shocked002:scared011....and you thought I was crazy :whacky098:D
  6. sparky5693

    sparky5693 Administrator Staff Member

    you mean these things should be washed? :confused:
  7. berzerkeleyan

    berzerkeleyan New Member

    I'm pretty...uh...well, I'm a neat freak, okay? My brushes probably don't need to be cleaned as often I wash them, but like I said...:rolleyes:

    My regimen, once a month, is as follows:
    1. Soak in a shampoo bath for 20 min. Rinse thoroughly.
    2. Soak in a light solution of Oxy-Clean for 20 min. Rinse thoroughly.
    3. Soak in a 10% vinegar solution for 20 min. Rinse thoroughly.
    Told you. ;)
  8. sparky5693

    sparky5693 Administrator Staff Member

    maybe i should give this a shot. nothing to lose I guess.
  9. Zachster

    Zachster Member

    I've had two brushes (one big floppy brush of unknown provenance, and one Rooney travel brush) for well over 10 years each, and never even thought to wash them until reading various forum posts in the last few months. I have recently washed and conditioned them and see absolutely no difference in performance or water capacity. I therefore see no reason to wash a brush any more than once a decade, if that!
  10. Smedley

    Smedley New Member

    Yet to try it. Maybe in a year or so?
  11. moviemaniac

    moviemaniac Tool Time

    Just put them in your washing machine once in a while :D

    Just kidding. As I entered the world of wetshaving only a couple o' months ago I do have yet to clean 'em but I'll do so soon by using a mild borax-solution.
  12. Frankenface

    Frankenface New Member

    I AM MAN, I DO NOT READ DIRECTIONS, I DO NOT ASK FOR DIRECTIONS AND I NEVER PUT THE TOILET SEAT DOWN. That being said, I usually break things that are brand new, I get lost a lot and I am typically in the dog house for one reason or another!

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