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post #1 of 11 Old 06-18-2013, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning horse brushes?

So I have a show coming up in a couple weeks, and noticed yesterday that my brushes are getting dirty and aren't working in their full potential.
How do I clean them? I have synthetic ones to real horse hair ones, so any ideas are appreciated!
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-18-2013, 02:07 PM
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I usually spray mine down with a hose then soak them in warm water and dettol and then rinse them out really good and leave out to air dry

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post #3 of 11 Old 06-18-2013, 02:19 PM
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I usually just throw them in a bucket of warm water & pony shampoo, let them sit for a few minutes and then attack them with the hose. I set mine out in a breezy shaded area to dry.

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post #4 of 11 Old 06-18-2013, 02:26 PM
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Mine get washed in the utility room sink with washing up liquid and a bit of disinfectant, I don't fuss over them and they survive OK. Dry outside if its warm enough or lay bristle side downwards indoors. I usually do them once a week or if going to a show the night before but be sure they're dry properly before you use them
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post #5 of 11 Old 06-18-2013, 02:45 PM
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I wash mine in a bucket with warm water (cold water is fine if warm water is not available) and Ivory soap. I stick them in, scrub them a bit, and then rinse them off. To dry, fling them about a bit to get the water to spray out, and then leave them bristle-up in the sun. I personally only have synthetic bristles, so if you have any natural-bristle brushes, I'd double check for care instructions before cleaning them with soap...

Ivory soap is a very mild soap, so I feel comfortable using it, but I wouldn't recommend using another dish soap. :)

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post #6 of 11 Old 06-18-2013, 03:07 PM
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I have two sets of brushes, one for everyday, the other for show grooming. The show brushes stay pretty clean, but the everyday ones get filthy but wash them the same way. To save time, when I am finished bathing a horse, I throw all the dirty brushes in the left over bucket of horse shampoo and scrub them together, rinse them out and let them dry in the sun (provided there is any sun) or in a dry airy spot. I have a thing for multitasking....
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-18-2013, 03:29 PM
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I take a bucket of water, put some pony shampoo, or every season I use idonine shampoo to kill any bacteria. The I swish them around let them sit for a little bit. Pull them out and rinse. This next pat may sound odd, but my old trainer told me to take another clean bucket, fill it with water, put some show sheen in and dunk each brush in the water and let them sit in the sun to dry. She swore the show sheen dunk helped make the horse really shine. I have not done this yet, but hope to try it to see if it really works, or she is just crazy.
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post #8 of 11 Old 06-20-2013, 04:33 PM
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For natural brushes, I suggest an organic natural soap to soak them in but for synthetic brushes, you can use horse shampoo to soak them in. I just rinse major dirt off, soak them, then rinse again and let air dry.

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post #9 of 11 Old 06-21-2013, 10:01 PM
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I normally get them all together, put them in a bucket of warm water to soak (in dish soap/alcohol/vinegar) TADA ... clean, disinfected horse brushes :)

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post #10 of 11 Old 06-22-2013, 04:33 PM
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I do the same as waresbear and keep two sets, but I still clean both on a regular basis. My guys are in the pasture and they often are muddy and full of dirt so regular cleaning of the bristles is a must here. I do the bucket and horse shampoo trick, also use some bleach on the synthetic bristle brushes then rinse, rinse, rinse. If you use the bristles as scrubbers on the other brushes and can get to hot water it works really effectively.
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