The traditional method of shaving consists of shaving lather and a straight razor. A straight razor has a metal blade that swivels in and out of a handle. While the handle can be made of almost any material, straight razor blades are almost always made of an iron-based metal. When iron is properly cared for, it will last for an entire lifetime and more. One of the most important steps of straight razor maintenance is the cleaning process. If the blade is cleaned poorly, it will almost certainly turn to rust.
Things You'll Need
- Fine steel wool
- Clean cloth
- Cotton swab
- Rubbing alcohol
- Mineral oil
Examine the blade for rust. If rust is present, scrub it off with a fine steel wool. Use the finest steel wool available to prevent scratches on the blade.
Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol. Scrub the blade with the saturated cotton swab. Wipe the blade with a clean, dry cloth.
Apply a thin coat of mineral oil to the blade. Mineral oil adds necessary lubrication to the iron-based blade and prevents future rust.
Let the blade sit for 10 minutes. Wipe off excess oil with a clean, dry cloth.
Wipe the handle with a damp cloth to clean off dirt. Do not use any type of cleaning detergent on the handle.
Tips & Warnings
- Wash the blade with rubbing alcohol before each use. Apply oil after each use.
- Keep the straight razor in a dry place that is around 72 degrees.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images
How to Use a Straight Razor
No matter what level "mach" your multi-blade razor has or how much money you spent on your sophisticated, waterproof electric razor, nothing...
How to Clean an Old Safety Razor
Safety razors date back to the late 19th century, when Jean-Jacques Perret invented the world's first model. Since then, vintage safety razors...
How to Clean a Shaving Razor
Shaving is something numerous women and men have to deal with. It's important that you know how to clean your razor during...
How to Clean a Disposable Razor
Disposable razors are much more affordable than your everyday razor. Even everyday razors require you to buy new razor blades. A disposable...
How to Oil a Norelco Electric Razor
Philips Norelco razors provide convenience and a smooth shave when you need to shave on the go or without water. Unlike traditional...
How to Take Rust Off Razor Blades
Removing rust from razor blades is a quick job that need not require a lot of effort. However, caution should be taken...
How to Sterilize a Double Edged Safety Razor
As often as safety razors are used, they can not only get worn down, but end up swarming with germs and other...