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Brush soaking?

Postby matthewoli98 » Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:00 pm

Hey guys, my first brush was a cheap synthetic, but earlier this year i was very generously sent an omega 49 and Wilkinson sword classic shave in a PIF from a friend in the UK, and while the omega is definitely a better quality brush, both are fantastic boar brushes. I usually soak my brushes in relatively warm water for +-10 minutes before shaving. Will soaking a brush in warm or hot water cause damage in the long term? Thanks!

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Re: Brush soaking?

Postby JAYDEE » Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:28 am

No, it shouldn’t if it’s a good quality brush.
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Re: Brush soaking?

Postby matthewoli98 » Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:26 am

JAYDEE wrote:No, it shouldn’t if it’s a good quality brush.
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Re: Brush soaking?

Postby RiverValleyTrading » Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:17 pm

I always soak my brush in warm water. Never had any troubles

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Re: Brush soaking?

Postby deepsouth » Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:50 pm

Soak? , us Capeys still save water, cold water shaves with cold water brushes. What's this warm water you're talking about? I've felt some tepid water in the shower once, which is an indicator that I had the faucet open too long. Max 3kl per month for a family of four of which two girls, or I get jumpy!

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Re: Brush soaking?

Postby dini » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:41 am

I find a quick soak while I shower really helps with boar brushes and more dense badger brushes .
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Re: Brush soaking?

Postby matthewoli98 » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:59 am

deepsouth wrote:Soak? , us Capeys still save water, cold water shaves with cold water brushes. What's this warm water you're talking about? I've felt some tepid water in the shower once, which is an indicator that I had the faucet open too long. Max 3kl per month for a family of four of which two girls, or I get jumpy!

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Lol, I've been using warm/hot water for a few months while the brush wears in a bit, definitely softens the bristles up.

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Re: Brush soaking?

Postby Natie » Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:17 am

Hi Matt

I also found that the boar and badger bristles soften up when soaked in warm water while im showering. Never had problems with it.


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Re: Brush soaking?

Postby ShavingB » Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:54 pm

I always soak my brushes in warm water for about 5 minutes, never hand any problems. I do it with ever single brush I make as well.

I never soak the handle, I always have the water lever just below the handle. Not that I think it will make too much difference unless it’s a wooden handle.


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