[Editor's Note: the following is extracted from the Shaving Brush Care brochure included with all BSSW shaving Brushes. We re-publish it here as a public service whether you own--or decide to purchase--one of our brushes. Enjoy!]
Receiving a new shaving brush is--or at least we think it should be--exciting. A quality shaving brush should give you many years of fine shaves; but how long your brush lasts is at least as dependent on the care you give it as it is on how well it's made! So, with that said...
What’s “Proper Care?” Before first use, it’s a good idea to shampoo your new brush with warm water and a good quality shampoo with conditioner. This should get rid of any “stuff” collected during manufacturing and shipping and start the “break-in” process.
Work up a good lather by gently “brushing” back and forth against the palm of your hand. After a minute or so, rinse your brush thoroughly–again with warm water—until the water runs clear. Gently squeeze out the excess water, shake out the remainder, then dry the handle with a soft towel. Set your brush on its base and allow it to dry completely in a well-ventilated area. That prevents mildew, which will ruin your brush in very short order!
Please note: Your brush might exhibit an “animal smell” at
first and could shed a few hairs during the break-in period. Both are normal. Don’t worry, any smell and/or hair loss
should disappear over the first 8 – 12 shaves.
The Keys to Long Brush Life…
1. First of all...don’t
subject your brush to water hotter than your hand can tolerate! Be nice to it. Your brush is made of hair which will break
and/or fall out if you mistreat it…. [Editor's note: while the occasional "shedder" is an unfortunate fact of life, our tests have shown that subjecting a brush to very hot water is the fastest way to cause a perfectly good brush to shed hair copiously.]
2. When lathering,
compress your brush only about ¼ of the way down. Pressing harder slows lather formation, ruins
the tips and eventually leaves a “donut hole” in the center of the knot.
3. After every
use, rinse your brush thoroughly under warm water until the water runs clear. Then squeeze out the excess water, etc. as
described above, and set it on its base in a dry area.
In short, take care of your new Shaving Brush and it will care for you!