This maintenance manual shows the most recommended methods to have your classic safety razor in perfect condition for many years.
Some of the recommendations should be applied daily, and others once a week or monthly, depending on the intensity of use that you give
to your classic safety razor.
In this maintenance manual two types of razors are shown:
1.- Butterfly TTO mechanism (twist to open)
2.- Old Type head (with open or closed comb)
CLEANING YOUR SAFETY RAZOR
Items required for the daily cleaning of your classic safety razor:
- Soft toothbrush (or similar brush with nylon bristles)
- Dish soap (if you have antibacterial effect will be more beneficial)
- Teethsticks and cotton swabs
- Small interproximal tooth brush or smoking pipe cleaning brush
After each use, you should clean your razor to avoid the accumulation of solid waste, such as soap or shaving cream, hair, skin particles or lime.
There are three ways to clean a safety razor:
1.- Gentle rinse daily (each time you use it)
2.- In-depth brushing
3.- Extrem-clean of a very old razor, stuck with lime and dirt of decades
1. GENTLE RINSE DAILY
After shaving, dip the razor a few minutes in a bowl with hot water.
Twist the tip one turn to the left, loosen the doors to enable the water enter inside and clean the machine. The blade should be kept inside.
Rinse the razor under running hot water.
Dip it in hot water sometimes and shake it inside the bowl to take off all traces of moisture as you can.
Twist to the right and close the razor and shake it, to dry. It is not neccesary to take out the blade.
Keep in a dry place.
If you use only this method daily, once a week or monthly you should perform an in-depth cleaning with a brush.
Loosen the doors
Rinse under running water
2. IN-DEPTH BRUSHING
This way you will ensure that you have removed all traces of shaving, lime and dirt.
First of all, you should remove the blade to avoid damage yourself.
Dip the razor about 5 minutes in hot water to soften the remains that have been embedded.
Use a soft toothbrush with dish soap to rub the entire surface of the razor and carefully remove traces of shaving and lime.
Do not rub it too hard, so you could bend some mechanisms, do it always gently.
Perform varied movements back and forth, in a circle, but short and mild in the most frail areas.
You must pay attention especially to the head region, where the blade is placed as it is here where the more dirt accumulates.
Rinse the first time and rub once again in the most hidden areas.
You can use a toothstick or a cotton swab to reach areas of difficult access. Interproximal tooth brush or pipe brush will help you if the razor is open comb.
Rinse a second time under running water, dry with some paper towels and allow to dry outdoors, if possible in a ventilated place with some sun,
which will also help kill germs (UV rays).
If your razor has painted letters or numbers, avoid excessive rubbing these areas because you will gradually remove the paint.
Just for these areas you can use a damp paper towel to remove existing dirt and take some shine after with a dry soft paper.