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    Tips on lathering, and most of all on maintenance. I noted the warranty is voided if Borax is used. OTOH, a 'detergent' is recommended for cleaning, once a month no less. I'm going to try and find out exactly what they recommend if the old tried and true Borax is considered too harsh. Thater has some good tips though (pun not intended)

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    Good reminder to thoroughly clean your brush after each use and properly store it tips down to allow to dry.

    Also, an absolute no to water that is too hot, especially soaking your brush in boiling water.

    Been a long time since I flicked the brush and had a cloud of dry soap appear.....thanks for the posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phrank View Post
    Been a long time since I flicked the brush and had a cloud of dry soap appear.....thanks for the posting.
    Full disclosure, I've never washed a brush in my long life. Been using a shaving brush since 1973 IIRC. A lot of them since 2007-'08. IIRC thebigspendur also has posted that he never washes his brushes.

    So I just went into the harem to check the gals out. Flicked half a dozen brushes I've used in rotation for years. (as recommended in the literature from Thater above) No cloud of dry soap, not dried soap around the base of the knot, as noted in the video of washing a brush by 'Em's Place.'

    I thoroughly rinse the brush gently squeezing and making sure there is no residue, then shake it, flicking my wrist 10 (ten) times. Hang it for 24 hours bristle down. So far so good.

    I'm open minded though, if I thought it would do the brush some good, I'd wash the thing. I don't know about once a month ......
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    I wash mine every use. I recommend a hearty dosage of Tabac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne1963 View Post
    I wash mine every use. I recommend a hearty dosage of Tabac.
    Well that is the way I figure it ....... I'm not lathering with mud !
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyHAD View Post
    Full disclosure, I've never washed a brush in my long life. Been using a shaving brush since 1973 IIRC. A lot of them since 2007-'08. IIRC thebigspendur also has posted that he never washes his brushes.

    So I just went into the harem to check the gals out. Flicked half a dozen brushes I've used in rotation for years. (as recommended in the literature from Thater above) No cloud of dry soap, not dried soap around the base of the knot, as noted in the video of washing a brush by 'Em's Place.'

    I thoroughly rinse the brush gently squeezing and making sure there is no residue, then shake it, flicking my wrist 10 (ten) times. Hang it for 24 hours bristle down. So far so good.

    I'm open minded though, if I thought it would do the brush some good, I'd wash the thing. I don't know about once a month ......

    Haha...I've only ever washed one brush once...when I noticed a dry cloud of the soap dust come out.

    Since then, I do exactly what you post above, and never had to do it again.

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    Thanks for all the info in your post.

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    Thanks for sharing this. They mention not "mashing" the brush several times, good reminders on how to use a brush and what happens if it's not used right.
    "Go easy"

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    I always thought you loaded a brush with soap on the puck and built your lather either in a bowl/scuttle or on your face. Always wondered too how people got those sought after curly gel tips. Water hotter than 50C/122F ? Rarely if ever have I washed a brush and never have experienced that powdery cloud of dried soap dust after flicking a brush. Been at it as long as Jimmy too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne1963 View Post
    I wash mine every use. I recommend a hearty dosage of Tabac.
    +1, I use Mystic Water, almost every day, though. Much lovelier scents!
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