Shaving a beard or trimming hair is almost a regular activity of men related to their grooming. But expecting high performance from an electric razor or shaver without maintenance is almost impossible.
The performance and durability of any electrical device totally depend on its maintenance. If you keep your electrical device such as a shaver or razor clean and well maintained then you could enjoy its performance for more years.
Complete maintenance could prolong the life of an electric shaver and helps to enhance its performance. Therefore you should clean your shaver after every use to maintain its performance and prolong its lifetime.
People often forget about its maintenance and complain about poor performance.
Do you think that with cogged shaver heads having hair leftovers and shaving foam leathers you can still opt for a smooth shave?
Of course not…
The clogged shaver foil isn’t able to deliver smooth and flawless shaves effectively. The shaver starts losing its hair cutting capability and leaves you disappointed.
But it’s not shaver’s fault…
It’s you who couldn’t keep your device well maintained to lock its performance and prolong its lifeline.
But don’t be panic because we are always here to help you out in every situation.
In this article, we are going to teach you how to clean electric razors step by step.
It is a step-by-step guide in which we will try to cover multiple shavers with different features and aspects.
Then you will better have an idea to clean different types of shavers or razors.
Let’s cut the chase and get started…
How to clean shaving Razor
First of all, make sure your electric razor or shaver is waterproof and can be washed under running water. Because I am going to show you how to clean your razor with water and some amount of liquid soap or a detergent.
Therefore you must make sure the shaver is waterproof to avoid any loss.
People who don’t have waterproof shaver or razors don’t need to be disappointed. I will cover a bunch of useful tips and tricks of dry cleaning an electric razor.
Therefore, stay tuned and learn how to clean your razor?
You can get to know about the waterproof feature in the electric razor manual that comes within the box. If you bought it from an online marketplace then it is often mentioned in the description list or specs portion.
Once you have figured out whether you have a waterproof shaver or not.
Now let’s get started with a step-by-step guide.
How to clean an electric razor? (A step by step guide)
Turn the razor off to avoid any misadventures or accidents. Because we will use water to wash it, therefore, you make sure it is turned off and not connected to the power supply.
After finishing your shaving session turn off the shaver and remove the shaving head. To remove hairs from the shaver head gently tap the plastic frame on the sink or a soft place. Be careful and gentle while doing this so that you don’t break the plastic frame.
Therefore don’t be so hard while tapping against the sink or countertop surface.
Some gentle moves can remove most of the hairs easily.
You can use a small brush to remove the dirt particles or hair leftovers. Use a small brush to remove hairs from the inside of the shaver head but not on the foil.
In the case of rotatory head shavers
There are two types of rotatory head shavers.
- The shaver with the front part of the head is attached through a hinge
- The shaver has a friction-fitted shaver head and can be removed easily.
Regardless of which type you have, try to remove as many hair strands from the shaving head as you can by tapping against a surface.
If you have sensitive skin or you use shaving gel/foam while trimming your beard then there would be lather stuffing on the head. To remove it put the shaver under running water and rinse quickly.
After removing hair particles from the head of the shaver you are ready for step two.
Now it’s time to wash the shaver head with water and soap. Apply some amount of water on the shaving head and then put a few drops of liquid soap or detergent. This cleaning product could be a dish wash soap, hand soap, or shaving gel.
Now it’s time to spread the soap on the entire surface of shaver head foil or blades. if the soap gets dry sprinkle a little more water drops while adding more liquid soap with the other hand.
Now turn the shaver on so that due to vibrations the cleaning product would spread finely.
If you have a Panasonic electric shaver then it must have a sonic made designed for cleaning. When you turn it on the sonic mode then it will create strong vibrations to dissolve all debris and stubborn dirt.
The Panasonic shaver users would take advantage of this feature.
Put the shaver under warm tap water when it is still running to wash it thoroughly. This will remove all stubborn dirt and debris including hair clippings. Rinse the shaver head with luck warm tap water completely for about 10 seconds.
If you want to wash your shaver head on the principles of cleaning station hold the shaver in your hands pointing it downward. This will help to clean the shaver head from the inside out completely. The shaver should be turned on in this method too so that the detergent could go through the foil thoroughly.
Once the shaver head is rinsed turn the shaver off and detach the shaver head. Now it’s time to rinse the shaver head and rinse it thoroughly under running water.
Again it depends on your shaver model or brand.
- There are two removable blades in Panasonic hair shavers where others are fitted in a foil box. For Panasonic, you would need to remove the foil frame and rinse it with tap water from inside out. Also, wash the other two inner blades without detaching them.
- In the case of Braun shaver, you will get all the blades and foils combined into a single piece. This is known as the Braun head shaver cassette.
Remove the cassette and wash it with tap water thoroughly to remove all the stubborn dirt. You need to be very careful when doing this because it allows very limited access and foils stay clogged even after washing.
You can avoid this situation and enhance the performance if you clean the shaver after every single use. This will prevent dirt buildups and cleaning would be easy.
To rinse the rotatory head shaver always remove the top part and rinse it completely under running tap water.
Some of the brand’s manufacture razors with heads remain attached with the shaver like lower-end Philips Norelco razors.
But you can remove it by pressing a button located at the bottom.
It doesn’t matter which brand do you have Braun, Panasonic, or Philips Norelco you make sure to rinse the head thoroughly.
After cleaning the shaver head completely now it’s time to air dry it. You can shake it to remove the excess amount of water or wipe it with a piece of cloth.
Take a microfiber towel or a clean piece of cloth to wipe the water drops on the blades or inner parts.
You can’t skip this step because it will get rusted and you would destroy it. Therefore before you put the shaver in the cabinet back make sure it is completely dried.
If you store it without drying it thoroughly, the next day the shaver would deliver a damp shave. The people who prefer dry shave wouldn’t like this experience at all.
If you don’t want to receive an unwanted funky bad smell when using a shaver then avoid storing it damp.
How to clean rotatory head electric shavers?
The foil shaver users don’t need to do extra than the steps mentioned above.
But if you have a rotating head shaver and you want to maintain its performance you need to do something extra.
If you clean the shaver deeply not often but once in a month you could maintain its performance and prolong its life. This deep cleaning is extra than the regular cleaning.
This means that you will learn how to clean a rotatory head shaver by cleaning each pair of cutters and combs individually.
This leads to disassemble the whole hair shaver and clean each inner part deeply.
You need to patient to complete the task as it takes some extra time to be done. Therefore a little bit of patience and a precise step-by-step guide would combine to give a new life to your rotatory head shaver.
Note: If you don’t want to get confused after completing the procedure about combs and cutters then make sure you don’t mix them.
If you place the cutters and combs in the wrong positions it will affect the performance. It would be hard for the cutters and combs to be adjusted to a new position.
It would take more time to fit the mixed cutters and combs, so it is better to take care at the start.
Note: The whole process depends on the brand of your electric shaver and its design. The lower-end models have a simple and plain design that allows you to remove the blades easily.
Regardless of any brand or model, each shaver has a specific retaining ring that holds all the blades and combs.
If you have a Philips Norelco S9000 Prestige shaver then you must find three blue retaining rings there that must be turned anti-clockwise to be unlocked.
This isn’t much difficult because all these instructions are provided by the manual in detail.
- Once you have unlocked the rings, you are ready to rinse them with water.
- Rinse each blade and corresponding comb with water thoroughly.
- There are specific pairs of blades and their corresponding combs. If you don’t want to mix them, wash each pair separately.
- Wash each blade and comb effectively under running tap water and add some drops of liquid soap to remove all debris.
After cleaning it’s time to air dry all shaver parts and put them back together.
- To air-dry the shaver blades and combs, take a microfiber towel or a clean piece of cloth. Tap the parts gently with a cloth or towel to air dry blades and combs.
- After cleaning it’s time to polish the inner parts and give a new life to your shaver.
- Spray the blades and inner parts with spray cleaner and lubricant to polish their inner parts.
- Now put all the blades, combs, and retainer keys back in their corresponding places. Make sure to put all the parts at their exact places and lock them with retaining keys by turning in a clockwise direction.
And that’s all you are good to go. You can now store your shaver in your cabinet as usual to enjoy a new high-quality professional grave shaving experience.
You can perform this task once a month to prevent junk buildups inside the shaver and combs. This thorough cleaning process would surely enhance the performance of your rotatory head shaver.
This is just recommended for the shaver with a rotatory head.
Just take care of the blades and comb pairs and don’t mix them.
How to clean an electric razor without using water?
The above cleaning method that involves water and detergent is applicable only on the electric razors having a waterproof design.
But if your electric shaver is not waterproof just like some of the Remington items or the shavers designed for traveling purposes. These shavers aren’t waterproof therefore you need a dry cleaning method for their maintenance.
Here are some of our pro tips that will help you to dry clean electric shaver or razor conveniently.
- Using a spray cleaner and lubricant on your shaver head would help to remove all the dirt particles and hair leftovers. These sprays possess the great capability to clean your shaver head deeply.
- A can of compressed can also work great to remove all the hair strands away more effectively.
A lubricant spray dissolves all the water mineral deposits and makes your head shaver a completely new device. Its cleaning ability takes away all the debris while lubricant keeps your blades sharp and durable.
You must use the lubricant sprays even after cleaning the electric razor with water and detergent.
Here is our top recommendation.
We have shown you that it is pretty much easy to clean your shaver thoroughly within minutes.
You don’t need many expensive tools or cleaning products to maintain your shaver performance. You can simply perform this easy task at home anytime with water and regular cleaning products.
We have shared both methods for both shaver types. You can try anyone to enhance the performance of your shaver.
Other than cleaning you must lubricate the blades after every wash to ensure a smooth cutting experience. When you wash your shaver the water and detergent wash away a layer of lubricants. So to enjoy a smooth and fast haircutting experience every time, make sure to lubricate the razor blades after every cleaning session.