If you've got a close-shaving electric razor, you need to take good care of it. Especially when using razors that give a close and neat shave, you need to make sure the blades are always in good working order, as well as the rest of the unit. Thankfully, if you're worried about how to look after your electric razor, you're in the right place. We're going to look at how to make sure your razor lasts as long as it should, so you don't have to buy a new one.
So, what should you do if you're looking to take care of your razor? Let's have a look at some tips...
1. Clean it regularly
Razors always get clogged up with lots of hair and this could stop them functioning properly. Not only does the hair get in the way of the razor, but it could also get further into the system and make it stop working for good. That's why it's important that you clean it regularly, potentially even after every use if you can.
One good tip with cleaning you razor is to get the right cleaning equipment. Don't use water, as this could cause the electronics to malfunction, but you might be able to find some specialist cleaning solutions. Failing that, and if you haven't already, try getting a specialist brush that's designed just for cleaning razors like yours. Simply brush inside the razor and make sure it's clean and clear.
While you might not want to do this after every use, try taking apart your razor and give it a good clean inside to prevent deeper parts of the system from getting clogged. Remember, don't use water in here.
Another thing to remember with cleaning your razor is to make sure it isn't plugged in or turned on. Don't mess about with any parts of the razor that you don't know how to put back together. And remember to follow your manufacturer’s guidelines at all times. if you can't find the information in the leaflet that came with the razor, or you've lost it, then try the manufacturer's website. You should be able to find more info on how to clean your exact razor. Not only that, but you should also be able to find information on how to safely take your razor apart and put it back together, along with information on how to find replacement parts if you break something.
2. Get new blades when necessary
One issue with electronic close-shave razors is that they need new blades more often than you think. While traditional wet-shave razors are normally easy to replace, electronic close-shave ones aren't. Not only that, but it's not always easy to find the right replacement blades.
If your razor isn't working as it should be, it probably needs a new blade. Some of these types of razors can be replaced just like traditional blades, but not all of them. Again, make sure you check your manufacturer's guidelines carefully either on their website or with the literature that came with it. Sometimes, you might need to buy a completely new razor instead of finding replacement blades, but this will depend on the model and how badly damaged it is.
3. Charge the battery regularly
If your unit loses all its power it might be hard to recharge it. While this works for some models, others might need to be drained occasionally as part of their usage cycle. It's best to follow the guidelines for your specific model, but this is sometimes hard to find. You might want to check forums for info on your specific model to see whether it's best to keep it plugged in or not, as this can vary from razor to razor. Just make sure you know what you're doing and make sure you look after the battery properly.
If you are going to keep your razor plugged in, then make sure it isn't near any water source. Charging bathroom items can sometimes be unsafe, so if you haven't got a specific water-proof power source, you need to be careful.
4. Use every day
Your razor might stop working if it hasn't bee used for a long time, so make sure you use it every day to keep it in good working order. You should then be able to spot any problems with it before they get too hard to fix.
5. Upgrade the battery when necessary
While you should take good care of your battery, they don't always last forever. For some models, you might be able to find and install a replacement battery relatively easily. If you can't find information from your manufacturer, try specialist experts or online forums. In some cases, you might need to buy a new unit altogether if the battery goes - but that's not always the case. Cheap replacement batteries can be a good option, as long as you know how to install them.
6. Keep it in a cool place
Don't leave your razor somewhere where it might suffer extreme temperatures, like near a radiator. Make sure you keep it somewhere cool and especially dry.
7. Don't get it wet
As a piece of electronics, you're probably already aware of how important it is that you keep it dry. If not, then you should be. While keeping items dry in the bathroom isn't always easy, it should be a priority for your razor. Not only could water ruin the electronics, but it could also blunt the blades.
8. Don't drop it
This one seems self-explanatory, but you'd be surprised how many people break their razors through simply carelessness. So don't drop it!
Hopefully, these 8 tips are enough to get you started when thinking about looking after your razor. For particular models, there might be some more specific information that you can use, so check the manual and manufacturer's website if you need a little more advice for a specific model.
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