Brush Techniques

Caring for Your Shaving Brush

Your new badger brush has been handcrafted from the finest badger hairs we could source. The following are general instructions on how to get the most use out of your badger hair brush.

How to Get Rid of the Initial Badger Odor

  • Soak the brush in warm water for 1 minute
  • Lightly squeeze out any excess water
  • Load the brush with shaving soap or shampoo
  • Generate a thick lather in the palm of your hand or in a bowl
  • Thoroughly rinse out the brush and lightly squeeze any excess water out
  • Flick the brush to remove excess water (hold on tightly)
  • Repeat steps 1-6 three times or until the badger smell dissipates

How to Prolong Your Shaving Brush’s Life

  • Never use water hotter than what you can endure for 10 seconds.
  • Your brush does not need to be sterilized; shaving soap is soap after all.
  • Do not mash the badger hairs; if you bend the hairs too much, you will cause breakage at the tips.
  • If you face/skin lather, do not press hard, use an appropriate brush designed to be used in that manner.
  • After use, rinse thoroughly, shake out any excess water, and dry the brush on a clean towel.
  • Clean the knot thoroughly by plungering the brush in clean water, until the water runs clear. This will remove excess soap and cut down on the amount of soap scum you may find.
  • Dry the brush in open air – DO NOT store a damp brush.
  • Allow your brush to completely dry before using again.
  • Soap and other minerals will eventually build up on your brush, a soak in a 50/50 vinegar solution for 30 seconds will remove most of these deposits.
  • DO NOT pull the bristles. When squeezing excess water out, simply squeeze the knot, do not pull the bristles.