Rinse Brush or Leave Soapy?

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by Maximumsmoke, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. Maximumsmoke

    Maximumsmoke Active Member

    Every now and then I'm tempted to buy another puck of Williams Mug. I wound up looking at a YouTube article on producing lather from Williams, and the guy advised never rinsing the soap out of a brush after use -- just leaving it soapy, and presumably letting it dry. Somehow I can't believe this is OK. In my way of thinking, it would be a mess, for starters, and maybe not so good for the brush in the end. So tell me, is this advice reasonable, or not. I've never heard or seen of it before. Does it contain any beneficial foundation from the present or past practices? I've always rinsed my brushes thoroughly after use. Comments?
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  2. jar

    jar Well-Known Member

    Do not believe anything found on YouTube.
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  3. Zykris

    Zykris Well-Known Member

    To me not rinsing your brush off thoroughly after use would degrade it's durability in the long run. Or at the very least cause you to have one hell of a clean up job after a while.
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  4. PickledNorthern

    PickledNorthern Fabulous, the unicorn

    My old man’s brush mostly just got plopped back into the mug on top of the soap and sat there until the next day. It looks like Hell, but it works fine. When I started doing this again, it was not any sort of hobby, and I did that same thing with my first brush, an Omega 49. I shaved, put the brush back in the mug and put the mug in a drawer. About a year or so in, it started dumping hair like a coyote with mange.

    I have no idea if my dad’s inexpensive boars dropped dead on him, and he had to replace them once in a while, or if it was the same one for the years I lived there. I would never go the leave it in the mug route again, cause I take good care of my brushes now.
  5. Bobcat

    Bobcat Well-Known Member

    .......squeeze, rinse, and shake at the least.
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  6. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    Just thinking on it ... animal fat and animal hair soaking for indeterminate period of time. Sound like a great way for some nasty growth, then apply to face and scrape face (with possible nicks).

    I'll pass. :sick007:
  7. david of central florida

    david of central florida Rhubarb Rubber

    The advice is a good way to shorten the life of your equipment.
    I have heard of leaving lather dry to promote the ends to split on new boar brushes. But for daily use, I'd recommend not doing that. It's got to be sloppy, and just plain nasty.
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  8. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    Yeah, what everybody else said...............
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  9. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

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    What the heck, take that $9 Omega and, by all means, leave it in the soap! While you're at it, store it in a dark closet...who doesn't love sautéed mushrooms. :eatdrink020:

    Not that I would ever do such a thing.
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  10. Badgerstate

    Badgerstate Well-Known Member

    Same here. I've heard of that method for speeding up the breakin process of natural hair brushes. It's more supposed to cover up the wet dog smell of a new brush though.
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  11. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    Rinse thoroughly, towel dry, set it with the hair up. I believe this will make your brush last its longest.
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  12. wristwatchb

    wristwatchb wristwatch "danger" b

    I learned sumthin'. I thought Williams killed the mange. :)
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  13. Maximumsmoke

    Maximumsmoke Active Member

    Yep, I rinse thoroughly under a fast water stream with the bristles down, then hold under a mild water stream with bristles up, supported by thumb and forefinger so bristles are not bent back by the flow, remove from water flow when water is clear, give a little squeeze from handle end of bristles to remove most water, shake into the shower with a couple of medium intensity whipping motions, towel dry with a few back and forth strokes N-S and then E-W, then either hang with bristles down or park with bristles up. Thanks all.
  14. TobyC

    TobyC Well-Known Member

    Yup, there's a reason those brushes have a flat bottom! And almost all brushes have wording that is right side up when the brush is hair end up.
  15. Redrock

    Redrock Well-Known Member

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  16. Redrock

    Redrock Well-Known Member

    Lots of opinions on hair up or hanging. But, I would, at least, do this.
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  17. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Pop me an addy I will get you a cake of Williams goodness. Watch one of my Williams videos. No voodoo needed to lather it.

    I saw that.

    My Grandad always said to not rinse a brush out as it wasted soap.... His brush allways looking a pig that hit hit with a hay rake. I agree with the group. Rinse the brush.
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  18. MR41

    MR41 Well-Known Member

    I have heard people say their father never rinsed or dried his brush. Maybe if I had started shaving way back when and learned that I would do it that way; but since I learned to clean and dry them as part of learning to use DE/SEs, I can’t imagine doing differently. Plus leaving things uncleared or maintained just makes my skin crawl.
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  19. Eeyore

    Eeyore Well-Known Member

    Rinse. You also don't leave shampoo in your hair, do you? ;)

    Pitralon forever - Real pens have a nib - If it doesn't tick, it's not a watch.
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  20. BigMike

    BigMike Well-Known Member

    I rinse my pure badger in a small bowl of water a couple of times, shake dry, and hang bristles down. Interesting that several folks have recommended storing bristles up. Seems to me like that would promote rot.

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