Did you think that electric razors are only for men? No my friend, not anymore. If your man owns an electric razor, this is high time that you sneak into his cabinet and try it out.
Do not be disheartened if you are single. Buy yourself an electric razor and thank me later.
Buying an electric razor is an investment for you. Especially, if you get a good one from a reputed brand. Though that means spending the big bucks, what you get in return is well worth the price. A razor that lasts you years and doesn’t cause nicks and cuts or razor burns.
Pit electric shaver vs. standard women’s razor and you’ll find a thousand reasons to pick the former over the latter.
That said, electric shavers come with their fair share of concerns, with the biggest one being their lifespan. Although such razors are designed to last for years, they don’t always do. They wear and tear overtime, leading to less than optimum performance.
If your razor is facing the same fate, wait. Don’t throw it out just yet. You can hold off on the ‘letting go’ process and do your bank balance a favor by simply following a good maintenance routine. In fact, that’s key to increase the longevity of your electric razor.
Here’s how you can keep your electric shaver up and running like it’s new for years to come-
- Clean it every time you shave
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Women generally shave weekly or fortnightly. It doesn’t matter what your frequency is, you need to clean your razor as many times as you use it. That’s the rule! Ain’t no escaping that!
You see once you’re done using your electric shaver, it turns into a storehouse of loose hair and dead skin cells. Leave your razor unwashed for weeks and the accumulated loose hair and dead skin cells restrict the movement of the blades, leading to a poor shaving experience. Loose hair lodged in the wrong places could even lead to a malfunctioning razor.
Dead skin cells that get accumulated in the razor blade can also be the breeding ground for bacteria. If you skip cleaning it even once, chances are that you are putting the bacteria affected razor on your skin. Obviously, it is something that you wouldn’t want.
That’s why cleaning every time you shave is so important. Take off the razor head (it’s usually detachable in all electric shavers) and rinse it under running water to wash off loose hair. If your razor is not wash-proof, tap the sides of the razor-head to dislodge whiskers.
Bear in mind that even though cleaning with water is more thorough, water can overtime dull the blades of your razor. So dry cleaning with a brush is preferable. Just make sure you separate brush to clean your shaver.
- And lubricate it too
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The excess friction of the cutting blades against the combs or foils can cause your electric razor to age prematurely. Sooner rather than later you’ll have to get these parts replaced, which is an added expense and a hassle to say the least. Besides, the friction can even cause the blades to heat up, leading to an uncomfortable shave as well as rashes.
Instead of getting shaver spares replaced, lubricate the cutting blades of your razor so the above problems do not crop up.
Any light oil (sewing machine or clipper oil to be specific) will do. Pour a drop each on the foils and combs of your razor and that should fix the issue. Don’t go overboard with the oil or you’ll end up with a greasy shave.
- Deep clean it once a week
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While a water rinse (or dry clean) and lubrication after every shave is mandatory, it’s not enough to get all the whiskers, dead skin cells and natural oils out. Yes, your skin’s natural oils are bound to seep into your razor too with use. The three combined will create a cocktail of sticky debris, which once lodged in the crevices of your razor will only ruin it.
Ergo, deep cleaning your electric razor regularly is an absolute must. The deep clean process should be performed manually.
First, remove the head of your razor and use a brush to clean loose hair and dead skin cells. You can use the one that came with your razor or you can use a paint brush as well.
Next, use a dedicated electric shaver cleaning spray (there are plenty available online) to clean sebum and debris from your razor.
Lastly, let your razor dry completely before you reassemble it.
- Store your razor in a clean and dry place
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Following proper razor storage etiquette is central to increasing its longevity. Ideally, you should never store your razor in a spot that’s too hot or too cold. They may not be able to withstand extreme temperatures, which in turn can shorten their life.
So make sure you choose a spot that’s preferably room temperature and most importantly, dry. A damp environment will not only damage the internals of your razor but even dull its blades. It can also corrode the body of your razor, asking for a quicker replacement than needed.
If you can’t find the right storage spot in your house, buy an electric shaver storage case online to protect your razor from environmental damage.
- Never submerge your razor in water
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While cleaning your razor, you be tempted to just dunk it in soapy water and let that take care of the dirt, debris and grease. Well, that’s not a good idea to put it bluntly. Even if the model has been designed to support wet shaving.
The thing is almost no razor is 100% waterproof. So if you submerge it in water, you’ll likely end up causing water damage to its internal components. Not the best thing to happen.
Follow our advice and try avoiding using your razor in the shower or tub. If you do, be extra cautious both for the sake of your health and your razor’s.
- Replace the blades regularly
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The blades of your electric razor bear the brunt of your usage. Even if you take the utmost care and precaution, they will lose their sharpness overtime. However, that doesn’t mean you have to get an entirely new one for yourself. A simple replacement of the blades will do.
In an ideal world, you should get the blades of your razor replaced once every 12 to 18 months. Replacing them will prevent uncomfortable, irritation-ridden poor shaves and ensure optimal performance. Trust us, your razor will feel as good as new once you get the blades replaced.
- Change damaged parts immediately
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No matter when you bought your electric razor, as time passes by, its machinery will develop problems. That’s the nature of every electrical device. And yes, it does not call for a complete discarding of the device either.
If your razor has damaged parts, take it to an authorized service center and get shaver spares to replace the damaged parts immediately. Using a damaged razor can be injurious to your health – you may end up with nicks or cuts or ingrown hairs and experience minor shocks as well since it’s an electrical gadget at the end of the day.
Besides, replacing the damaged parts will prove to be much cheaper than buying a new one. And it’s a great way to increase its lifespan! Let’s not forget that.
- Use your warranty
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No matter if you buy your electric shaver online, scout for electric razor offers or use razor coupons to purchase them, if you shop from a good brand you will get warranty on your product. Most warranties last for 2 years but brands give you the option to extend it.
Use it. Use your warranty if you want your razor to last you a long time.
If your electric shaver gives you trouble during the warranty period, take it to an authorized service center. You stand a good chance of getting free repairs and even free replacements in case of irreparable damage to your product. That’s an easy way to increase the lifespan of your electric shaver.
- Maximize the battery life
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Go in a shop and ask for an electric shaving machine’s price and you will find that all the good ones are expensive. It only makes sense to take good care of your investment and ensure it lasts you a long time. One of the ways to do that is to increase your electric shaver’s battery life. Here’s how you can do that-
- Always keep the battery level of your razor between 30% and 80%; especially if the battery is made of lithium ion. Your razor’s battery life can reduce if you subject it to extreme charges frequently- say 0% to 100%. So to avoid mechanical stress, maintain a 30% to 80% charge level at all times.
- Carry out a complete discharge/cycle at least once a month. What we mean is allow your electric shaver’s battery to deplete to 0% and then charge it back up to a 100% at least once every month. This will help recalibrate the battery so that it always performs optimally.
- Never expose your shaver to extreme temperatures. We discussed this before. One major drawback of exposing your shaver to extreme temperatures is a reduced battery life. So avoid it to the extent you can.
- Do not overcharge your electric razor. You might be in the habit of plugging in your razor before sleeping and letting it charge all night. Letting your shaver charge overnight can lead to high battery temperatures, which can eventually diminish battery life.
With the number of maintenance rules you have to follow, you might think is an electric shaver good? Is it really worth your time and money? To tell you the truth, it absolutely is. It’s safer, more economical and will last you for years to come. As long as you take good care of it.