We don’t know what you own in terms of safety razor/s. It could be that you have a formidable pre-war (second one) old school Gillette Ball End “Old Type” double edge safety razor collection or have just started wet shaving.
This isn’t going to be an in depth how-to diatribe for restoring pappies TTO (twist to open) Gillette “super speed”, but rather an easy-to-use, and straight forward outline of the essential tips for bringing back incredible beauty and function to your treasured safety razor today.
STEP 1: Overnight in a soapy bath
So many folks underestimate the power of a regular and inexpensive household detergent. The capacity for these products to remove encrusted soapy scum is huge if you take the time. We say ‘if’, because so many folk rush this step to no avail.
Follow the mixing instructions of your detergent. And fill a small plastic container so that you can submerge your safety razor. Leave your safety razor in the detergent overnight with intermittent bouts of scrubbing.
STEP 2: Brush them nasties away
While the razor is soaking up the grime destroying the nasty grime, you can put some elbow grease behind an old toothbrush and facilitate the debridement process with well-proportioned brush strokes in all the stubborn nooks and crannies.
If your safety razor is plated (silver and gold) then it isn’t a good idea to put undue force behind those strokes. If a toothbrush lacks the ‘biting’ capacity for your level of safety razor grime, then have a look into buying custom propriety nylon brushes.
STEP 3: Rinse in clean warm water
Have a warm water rinse nearby (a small bucket will do) to clear away the suds for closer inspection. Like anything in life, practice makes perfect and soon you’ll be able to gauge the extent you should take the brushing step by noting the speed and efficiency of the grime removal.
Balance is key here folks, so don’t over or under-do that scrubbing. You can repeat sequence 1-2-3 to your level of satisfaction.
STEP 4: Toothpicks are handier than you think
If your safety razor sports an art-deco gnarled handle (1920’s) that has locked in the waxy debris for all eternity, then we suggest you grab a wooden toothpick and between soaping and brushing, prize the grime out of those pesky repositories. This is also pressure sensitive given the fact that the older safety razor might relinquish their plated veneer at the slightest provocation. So be careful.
STEP 5: Spit ‘n’ polish
As a final step, but certainly not necessary (because by now your safety razor should be sparkling), use an inexpensive metal polish to bring out that brand spanking new shine. This is our favorite step because it is so damn satisfying. No spit is needed (unless you shining up them shoes) and most propriety metal polishes have versatile applications in terms of the kinds of surfaces they can be applied too.
Go ahead, with a soft non-abrasive cloth, and apply a small amount of polish to your safety razor and buff. That’s it!
We (and those who’ve gone before us) guarantee this simple routine will bring back the life and luster of you safety razor in no time.
If you have additional suggestions or comments don’t hesitate to let us know.