For anyone who owns a shaver, the challenge of keeping it clean will become quickly apparent. As you might imagine, shaving takes a lot of work and no small amount of effort to do right. All of those hairs that appear on the floor or sink, though, constitute only part of the mess made by a shave. In many cases, the ‘real’ mess comes from keeping your shaver clean in the first place.
When you make that first shave with a new shaver, it feels like heaven. It’s so smooth, fast, and efficient. Every shave after that, though, feels decisively worse. No, your hardware isn’t awful and, no, there is nothing wrong with your skin. Most of the time, the problem stems from a clogged up, damaged, and loaded shaver that needs emptying and cleaning.
If you are someone who shaved with an electric shaver, then the work you need to put in is that little bit more. While many forms of ‘regular’ shaver will be easier to clean (often they are disposable) it’s not always quite so easy as this.
So, let’s take a look at some general tips for keeping your shaver clean.
Keeping Your Shaver Clean: Where to Start
To start with, we recommend that you don’t take your shaver to a repair shop. Honestly, nine times out of ten it just needs a good clean-out from all the debris that gets stuck and built up inside the shaver itself.
Start by removing the cutting head from the shaver – this is the house for much of that performance-impacting debris. Get yourself over a bin and begin tapping and banging the inside, watching on as all of that excess hair comes out.
Do this after every shave and you can get those hairs before they get ‘settled’ and thus become harder to deal with. If you do this after every shave, then you can vastly reduce the amount of time that it takes in keeping your shaver clean.
Also, check the box. Does the box say if you can or cannot wash your shaver with water? If you can, then do so. Remove all things like batteries and cover up any kind of charger slot, and then rinse the shaver out. Use hot water if you can and also get any kind of alcohol-based cleaning solution and use that to clean the shaver. This can catch some of the hairs that won’t budge without, and it can also help to make sure that the shaver is emptied of all that mess inside.
We also recommend that you clean out the shaving head, too. A simple tap of this can knock enough debris out that running over with a brush or a few more taps over a bin/sink can help to empty it without too much issue.
Doing this will make a massive difference to the way that your shaver maintains shape and cleanliness over the years, improving durability and performance.
Keeping Your Shaver Clean: Long-term Care
The next part of this process, of course, is long-term care. If you clean out your shaver using the above, then you are doing a good job of making an important start in terms of keeping it free and clear of the usual mess, debris, and irritation that comes with using such a solution.
So, start by making sure that you buy a replacement kit for your shaver. Any shaver worth owning will have the chance to buy a replacement package that should come with extra blades and heads etc.
If you do this, then you can make sure that your shaver can be easily rotated. Every 18-24 months, the parts that can be changed should be. Since you are getting rid of so much hair in that period of time, this can help you to make sure that you are never left with underperforming equipment.
Even all the post-shave care in the world will not stop a model from degrading in some way or another. Maintain lubrication, too, and you can ensure that shaving remains a smooth and very simple process indeed. Using a shaving spray can help to lift any signs of corrosion while making sure that the metal parts maintain consistency and performance over time.
Using the above ideas, you can do more than you would have expected to help improve the lifespan of a shaver. While everything has a shelf-life, this can really help to get every last year, month, week, day, and hour from your shaver!