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Maintaining Shaving Tools

Rinsing your razor in hot water between uses -- or even between each stroke -- keeps it clean and sharp.
Rinsing your razor in hot water between uses -- or even between each stroke -- keeps it clean and sharp.

Whether you prefer to use manual or electric razors, you'll need to do a bit of maintenance to keep them sharp and ready to go. When it comes to maintaining blades, remember the two R's: rinse and replace.

Manual razor blades that aren't properly rinsed between uses will cause nicks and razor burn, as will a dull blade. Rinsing your razor in hot water while shaving and cleaning it thoroughly when you're done will remove any hair or residue buildup between the blades of a multiblade head. Allow the razor to air dry -- never dry it with a towel -- and store it in a dry place.

The time between blade changes will vary from person to person, based on how often you shave and how coarse your hair is. When you need to push against your skin to remove your stubble or if you have any rust on your blade, it's time to toss it out.

Maintaining an electric shaver will depend on the type you have. While it's best to refer to your shaver's manual, there are some commonalities in electric shaver care: Clean, oil and replace the heads.

Just like a manual razor, it's important to keep the head of the electric razor clean. Most come with a small brush for this very purpose, and you should whisk your whiskers out of the shaver head often, if not after each use. Electric shavers also need to be lubricated to keep them running smoothly, and the blades will eventually become dull and need to be replaced. Refer to your owner's manual for the best lubricant as well as the right replacement blades for your shaver, and follow the replacement recommendations for both.

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