The pad and bristles need to be cleaned periodically. For best results, use a Cleaning Brush, which comes with all the larger models.
Follow the cleaning instructions below and you will keep your Mason Pearson Hairbrush in first-class condition even after years of use.
Proper care is the key to preserving the integrity of the brush!
Dry Clean it Frequently:
Dead hairs and scales from the scalp can clog the pad and bristles of your hairbrush.
Loosen woven strands of hair with a comb. Insert the comb at the sides of the brush as near to the pad as possible and follow round the whole circumfrence of the brush, raking the hair away.
Draw the special cleaning brush across the bristles from end to end. If there is an accumulation of dust on the surface of the rubber pad, use the tips of the filaments of the Cleaning Brush to dislodge it using a light scrubbing action.
Wash it Occasionally:
Grease, in contact with the rubber pad, causes deterioration and in such cases more frequent washing is advised.
Dry clean the brush as above.
Make a lather of lukewarm, soapy water. Do not use dergents or ammonia.
Dip the cleaning brush only in the suds and use it to brush the bristles of your hairbrush in the same way as for dry cleaning. Hold the hairbrush so that it is sloping downwards and no water can enter the little air hole at the end. Thi should never be locked, either when cleaning or when the brush is in use.
Dip the cleaning brush in clean rinsing water and repeat the brushing movement.
Shake the hairbrush to remove moisture and leave it to dry with the handle uppermost and the pad pointing down wards.
Never dry bristles with a towel!
Nylon hairbrushes are softened if they become excessively moist. In this case dry out the brush in an airing cupboard for an hour.
If the hairbrush is pure bristle or a mixture of bristle and nylon , then this method should not be used. Natural bristle can become brittle if exposed to dry heat for an extended period. So, leave the brush to dry naturally at a comfortable temperature.
Care of the Handle:
For plastic handles to maintain their shape, do not boil in water or apply heat to them. Strong chemicals, notably nail varnish remover, can attack the surface or cause the plastic to sink. In addition, these can draw out the coloured dyes and pigments from the plastic.
Do not use products containing oils, spirits, solvents or other chemicals on your hairbrush. These can destroy the rubber.
Do not use heated appliances directly on or near your hairbrush. Extended heat from a hair dryer can damage the brush.
Do not use the hairbrush on applications for which it was not designed. e.g. it is not designed to be used on animals.
The brush should not be left continuously in strong sunlight. The rubber perishes more quickly due to the ultraviolet light. The sun's heat can also distort the handle.