Disposable razors and other modern shaving tools don’t require much maintenance. When your blade starts to dull, you simply throw it out and replace it. If you have made the effort, however, to expand your shaving horizons, you probably went out and bought a shaving set that consists of a safety razor or straight razor, as well as a brush and some other odds and ends.
Both types of razors require some amount of maintenance if you want them to last awhile. Similarly, nice shaving brushes can be a bit pricey, thus also requiring upkeep so that you do not need to replace it nearly so often. A classic shaving set can be a costly endeavor. Even some sets consisting of only a razor, brush, and stand can be worth hundreds of dollars. If you don’t learn about the proper care required for these tools, you will soon find that they become damaged and lose considerable amounts of quality.
Safety razors may be considered a bit of a “downgrade” compared to nice straight razors, but they are still quite costly and some are even fairly nice. Some men might even prefer to use a safety razor regularly rather than hassle with the finesse required by straight razors. Just because these safety razors aren’t quite the same, however, it does not follow that they should not be well looked after. The proper maintenance of a safety razor requires that you clean it regularly.
By cleaning all of the moving parts, you ensure that no soap residue remains on the razor. If you replace the blade, it is suggested that you take the razor apart as much as possible and thoroughly clean all of the areas you may not have been able to reach before. Also, make sure that you are aware of the water you use to clean the razor. Hard water may also cause damage to a safety razor. Rather than stress about finding the right water to use, just make sure that the razor is soaked in decalcifying solution regularly. Many websites can explain how to do this correctly, so as to avoid any other possible damages to the razor.
Unlike safety razors, straight razors do not require such high maintenance. (Surprising, right?) Although you should be sure to rinse the blade, it is not recommended that you wash it constantly to ensure its quality. When you do not regularly use a straight razor, however, there is a precaution you must take with the blade. An unused straight razor should be burnished with a light oil to preserve its quality.
The razor must also be stored in an area that is dry and airy. Aside from these maintenance tips, you should also think about whetting and sharpening the blade. Many sources differ—simply find a source that is reliable and read up. You may also find a vendor who deals with straight razors. The employees will certainly have suggestions for keeping up the quality of their products.
The last tool in a shaving set that must be well looked after is the brush. The rules for maintaining a brush are simple: wash it thoroughly; dry it completely every few days; do not move the brush in circular motions; do not put too much pressure on it; and, lastly, store wet brushes in a place that they can be air-dried. If you follow these instructions, your shaving kit will surely last much longer than you think.