Originally Posted by PaintedMare
I don't need them I just really like them and my
Old brushes are getting to where they need to be replaced. Its just a luxury thing. Thanks for the advice. I was just worried about the leather getting soap and water on them and drying out.
Initially give the bristles a real good scrape over the teeth of a metal curry comb, this will remove most of the dirt.
Then use warm water to which you've added a little shampoo and dip the ends of the brush in the mixture, then rub them with your hand, repeat until all the bristles are clean. Rinse and then rub some glycerine into the back of the brush. Remember that you do need the backs to remain stiff though otherwise the brush can't do its job.
I've a few leather backed brushes and I will be honest in saying they go inthe bucket with the others, get dunked and washed and have always been OK.