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post #1 of 7 Old 05-05-2009, 05:54 AM Thread Starter
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washing brushes

So we have totes and totes of dirty brushes at the barn that ive started working at. I have to do something in the barn with the schooling kids today because its raining and thought what a great idea!!! So i was wondering how everyone washes their brushes well. These brushes are probably 10 years old and have never been washed and are pretty disgusting, filthy and matted with hair, any ideas??
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-05-2009, 09:32 AM
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i put mine in a tub of water with some Lysol the stuff you mop with and it worked great. i have also heard in the washer in a pillow case.

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post #3 of 7 Old 05-05-2009, 08:50 PM
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It depends on how much time I have but I try to clean mine once a month or before a show. (whichever comes first)

I usually clean mine with just hand soap. I'll squirt it deep in the brush and then take my hand and "scrub" then I'll rinse.

Umm.... I'd try to pick out as much hair from the brushes with you hand, then you can do a brushing motion on a stall door. After that I'd put them watered down clorox for 15 min per item. Tada! You should have a clean brush.
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post #4 of 7 Old 05-05-2009, 09:10 PM
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I acctually perfer to do mine on a hot dry day so they can lie out in the sun. But I use a mettle curry to get all the dirt, dander, and hair out, get two buckets of hot water, one with soap one without and just scrub rinse, scrub rinse!

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post #5 of 7 Old 05-05-2009, 09:59 PM
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I wash the synthetic brushes with whatever soap is available. For the nicer horse hair brushes, I just use something very mild like Dove or Dawn dish soap and let them all dry in the sun. Supposedly the sunlight kills off the bad microbes.
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-07-2009, 02:52 PM
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Here's what I do to clean my brushes:

1. Pick out as much hair, etc out of the brushes.
2. Fill one bucket full of warm/hot water with a few squirts of Dawn.
3. Let the brushes soak for a few minutes and then scrub by hand to get any hair, dirt, etc that is left on the brush.
4. Rinse in another bucket of warm water.
5. Let dry in the sun.

I repeat this process if the brushes don't come clean. Also, sometimes I'll soak the brushes overnight.
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-07-2009, 02:54 PM
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Liquid Dreft. Cleans and sanitizes and is gentle.

We keep a bottle on hand for all kinds of things. Cleaning sheaths, washing wounds, etc.
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