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How to Clean a Boar Bristle Brush

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When it comes to cleaning our clothing and attire, we have a great many tools that we can turn to if we want to simplify the process. One of the best tools that you can use without a doubt is the boar bristle brush. This is commonly used on everything from coats to shoes to help them get buffed up, remove debris, and make them look fresh. However, if you already own a brush like this, you will be aware of how dirty the brush itself can become.

How, then, can you learn how to clean a boar bristle brush?

Indeed, many people also use a boar bristle brush to help them with their own hair. If you have hair that seems to fight back against normal brush styles, then a boar bristle brush could be a good choice. This can easily break through any hair tug and make sure that you can get rid of those painful, unsightly hair knots.

However, over time, the use of a boar bristle brush means that it will become coated in debris, hair, and other items. It can also see a large build-up of oils and dirt from your hair, which is going to impact on the quality of the brush. That is why cleaning and caring for this kind of brush should be pretty high up on your list of things to do.

The process for cleaning a boar bristle brush is not as complex as it might first seem. However, it is important that you commit to cleaning a boar bristle brush on a regular basis. Without cleaning it, the debris you are pulling off other items can soon get nestled and stuck within the brush itself. This can ruin its ability to do the job that you want.

Getting Started

To clean a boar bristle brush, you want to make sure that you take the right steps to cleaning. Sure, you could just pick away at all of the debris, but it will not remove the toxins and/or oils. Instead, you need to be ready to use a cleaning solution. The best items that you need to make sure you can learn how to clean a boar bristle brush, then, will include:

  • An average-spacing comb, something that can easily fit into the boar bristle brush sections.
  • A soap product and/or a liquid shampoo product that is free from sulphates.
  • A glass of warm water, but not boiling.

That’s right: these three above ingredients are all that you need to clean your boar bristle brush. If you have been putting up with a manky brush for ages, this will help you to get it clean and looking good as soon as possible.

Cleaning Your Boar Bristle Brush

To get started with, then, you want to try and focus on removing all of the excess hair that is stuck into the comb itself. This can build up over time and is going to need some effort to remove.

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Removing Hair from Your Boar Bristle Brush

To get started with removing the hair, you should take the comb we mentioned before. Then, start at the very base of your boar bristle brush and work your way up and outwards. Start at the roots before moving up to the ends. However, you should always make sure you are very careful as you carry out this part of the cleaning process.

Why? Because many people end up removing bristles from the brush. If you take a bit of time and patience with the cleaning, and avoid excessive force, you could easily rip out the hairs without losing bristles. If you feel any of the bristles fighting back to excess, then reduce your pressure as they will be close to being plucked out.

Cleaning Your Brush

Once the hairs are removed, it is time to start getting rid of the oils and toxins which have build up. Use the shampoo/soap and pair it with the hot water, and cleanse your brush using this combination. It should work well, getting into the brush and quickly but effectively removing all of the build-up and mess that is appearing.

Please note that you should simply try and use the water as a rinse as opposed to dunking the boar bristle brush into the water. This can lead to a very hefty smell emerging from the brush that will linger until it dries. Not ideal!

Avoid getting the rubber part of your boar bristle brush wet, too. This is why a small but effective rinsing can be the perfect way to help restore your brush and get it looking as good as new once again.

Once you have washed the brush, you should then run it under some cold water to get rid of any excess that might have built-up. This will get rid of any shampoo or soap lather, too, making sure that the brush is totally clean.

Finishing Up

To finish the process of cleaning your boar bristle brush, you should look to squeeze out any extra water that has remained under the rubber cushion. Trapped water can build up and form into mould so it should be within your interest to try and avoid this as much as you can.

Make sure you give it a thorough squeeze, and then make sure that you get rid of any water within the bristles themselves. Take the time to do this and then lie the boar bristle brush down on a dry towel. Leave it face down so that the water runs down onto the towel as opposed to up and onto the rubber casing.

If you let your brush lie down for long enough, it should dry out without you having to manually clean it. Follow the above tips and you should find it very easy indeed to clean up and remove the build-up of water, debris, and mess that has built up on your boar bristle brush. This simple solution works well, and should make sure you get many more years out of that same brush.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Carlyn Hayes

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