How to Restore Old Safety Razors

Standard safety razor.
Standard safety razor. (Image:

Vintage razors, with their origination dating back to the 19th century, have become quite the collectible item in recent years. When dealing with such old and wise razors, it is important to properly clean the device to return it to its original glory and working condition.

Things You'll Need

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • 70% isopropyl alcohol
  • Metal polish
  • Tarnish remover
  • Washcloth

Fill a small bowl with hydrogen peroxide and soak the razor for 8 to 10 hours. Remove the razor to scrub away the loosened grime. Allow the razor to soak for a couple more hours, scrub away any additional grime and rinse with warm water.

Polish the razor with metal polish. Pay attention to the nooks and crannies, allow the polish to settle and then remove with a damp washcloth.

Remove the tarnish by placing the razor in a pot of boiling water and tarnish removal solution. Allow the razor to stay completely submerged in the boiling water for 45 minutes. Carefully cool and remove the razor, rub dry with a washcloth.

Disinfect the razor with isopropyl alcohol. Submerge for 30 minutes and wash with warm water and a damp cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • When purchasing a vintage razor to restore, you must thoroughly go through the proper cleaning and disinfecting precautions. Failing to do so can potentially affect your health.
  • Depending on the type of metal your safety razor is made of, certain cleaning solutions should not be used as they might cause damage. Always double check the products label before submerging the razor.

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