Even the best disposable razor blades need a little tender loving care if they’re to give you a comfortable, close shave every time. Each time you have a wet shave a mixture of hairs, shaving foam, skin and dirt can accumulate on the blades of your razor — causing them to become dull and ineffective.
But before you throw your blades away, it might be worth trying to clean them first. A high quality disposable razor blade can give you several close, pain-free shaves if you just take the time to look after it.
1. Rinse between strokes
After every stroke (which should be with the grain of your facial hair), give your blade a rinse with warm water. This will keep the majority of the hair and gunk out of your blades, and ensure your shave is as close as possible.
2. Rinse more thoroughly after shaving
Once you’ve finished shaving, run the hot tap, and hold your blades under the flowing water at an angle that ensures water passes through the blades, not just over them. Gently tap your razor against the sink to dislodge debris, and give it another rinse under the hot water.
3. Allow the razor to dry
Once your razor has dried, you will probably notice that some hairs and gunk remain. Take a soft-bristled brush (there are some very good razor brushes on the market for this very purpose), and brush the blades carefully. Ensure the bristles are sweeping between the blades, and not just over them.
4. Wipe the blades clean
Use a small face towel to wipe the blades clean — making sure you’re using steady movements that run down the blades from the top. If you are having trouble removing foam residue or, hair and skin, dab the towel in a little alcohol. This will aid the cleaning process and sterilise the blades at the same time.
A simple trick to keep your razor clean and prolong its life
Employing these easy tips once a day will help remove stubborn particles of dirt, shaving foam and hair whilst keeping the blades sharper for longer.
Take a pair of denim jeans, and lay them out on a flat, solid surface. You can use an old or new pair, as this process doesn’t cause damage to the denim fibre. With the top of the blades pointing away from you, press the blade against the denim and push it away from you in a single, slow and steady motion. In other words, you should be moving the blades in the wrong direction. You shouldn’t be ‘shaving’ the jeans. Push the razor up your jeans 10 times, and then choose another area of the denim to repeat the process.
Finish off by rinsing with hot water and then carefully dry the blades off with a face towel. Try to get into the habit of performing this ritual in the morning, after you shave. By doing so you can ensure your razors last longer and deliver a close, painless shave every time.
It is essential that a razor blade is kept clean and sharp to perform its sole function properly. As a result of keeping your razors free from hair and gunk, your wet shaves will be as comfortable as they are close.