While you won’t have to buy new blade refills anymore, you will eventually need to replace the foils and blades of your electric shaver.
And some of them can get really pricey, so you’ll probably want to keep yours in top shape for as long as possible.
Proper cleaning and lubrication are key to achieving that, so in this article we’ll focus on a product that is a must-have for anyone using an electric shaver: a cleaning and lubricating spray.
Table of Contents
- Why you should use a spray cleaner for your electric razor
- The best spray cleaners and lubricants for electric shavers
- How to clean your electric shaver using a spray cleaner
- How often should you use a cleaning spray?
- Final word
Why you should use a spray cleaner for your electric razor
- An aerosol cleaning spray specifically designed to be used with electric shavers will clean and also lubricate the cutters and protect them against corrosion and wear. It can be safely used on any clippers or hair trimmers as well.
- A cleaning and lubricating spray is very efficient at cleaning dirt, gunk or dead skin while also providing a layer of lubrication, thus reducing the friction and heat generated during use.
- It will break down any hard water buildups on the cutting parts resulted from cleaning your shaver with water. This minimizes the wear of the cutting parts, reduces the stress on the motor and ensures optimal performance.
- A cleaning spray is also great for reviving an older shaver. If you have one that doesn’t seem to shave as efficiently as before, but the foils and blades haven’t worn out to the point of needing to be replaced, you’ll be amazed by the difference such a product can make.
Common ingredients found in cleaning sprays include Isobutane, Methylal, Isopropyl Alcohol, Silicone and Fragrance.
The best spray cleaners and lubricants for electric shavers
There are many options to choose from, but I will stick to just three of them, mainly because they’re inexpensive, widely available and they work great.
1. Remington Shaver Saver
This is one of the more popular products of this type and it has received rave reviews from many users around the world.
It’s also the spray cleaner that I’ll be using in this guide and I can vouch for its high quality and effectiveness.
Out of all the different brands I’ve used throughout the years, the Remington spray cleaner is the best.
Its lubricating properties are second to none and it makes the most significant improvements to the performance of my shavers.
As for the negatives, it does have a very chemical and harsh scent, but it fades away completely once the parts have dried.
Also, as of 2020, Remington Shaver Saver lubricating spray is getting difficult to find in some countries, especially in Europe.
If you can’t get it, then check out the next option.
2. Andis Cool Care Plus
The Cool Care Plus spray from Andis is the next best thing in my opinion.
While it’s marketed as a lubricant and cleaner for clippers, it will work great with electric razors as well, both rotary and foil.
It’s also widely available and comes in a large (15.5 OZ/439g) container, making it very convenient.
So why do I say that it’s second-best? Well, the Remington Shaver Saver just seems to be a bit more effective at getting the most out of your shaver, especially if the blades are more worn.
It still works great though and I highly recommend it.
The blades remain perfectly cool during use even in the case of electric shavers that traditionally tend to run hot (like the ones from Panasonic).
The scent is also a lot nicer and you can get a whiff of it when shaving the area below the nose.
3. Braun Shaver Cleaner
Finally, we have two options from two of the biggest electric shaver manufacturers, Braun and Philips.
They represent decent options if you can’t get the other two presented previously, but in my experience, they aren’t as good.
While the cleaning properties are very good and both sprays have a pleasant smell, they aren’t as efficient as lubricants.
My shavers tend to get warm during use and don’t work quite as well.
I still included them as they’re quite popular and reasonably priced, especially in Europe.
The Philips spray cleaner (HQ110) is particularly inexpensive and widely available in the UK.
But again, I would definitely recommend the first two options from Remington and Andis if you can find them.
How to clean your electric shaver using a spray cleaner
Let’s now see how to properly use a cleaning spray.
As I mentioned previously, I will be using the Shaver Saver from Remington, but the process will be the same for any other similar product.
Being an aerosol spray, the Remington Shaver Saver is extremely easy to apply. Just make sure that the blades and foils of your shaver are dry before spraying them.
So for example if you rinsed your shaver with water let it air dry before applying the spray.
You’ll also want to remove any excess hairs from the shaving head.
As you probably know, electric shavers come in two flavors: foil and rotary.
Cleaning foil shavers
Before applying the spray, you should tap the foil frame gently on your counter-top or use a fine brush to remove most of the hairs.
Never use the brush directly on the foils as they can be damaged easily.
You can spray the foils directly on the shaver but I sometimes like to remove them to avoid spraying the rest of the shaver.
In the case of Panasonic and Remington razors, the inner blades and outer foils are actually separated, making it easier to apply the spray. I’ll cover Braun shavers right away.
You’ll want to generously spray both the blades and the foils.
I usually place them on a paper towel then with the can at around 2 to 3 inches from the parts I begin spraying, going from one end of the foil/blade to the other.
Tip: hold down the blades with your free hand, the jet of air is quite strong and will blow them around.
I usually do 2 or 3 sprays. I also flip over the foil frame and spray the inside.
After that, you can put them back together, turn the shaver on and let it run for 5 to 10 seconds to ensure an even distribution of the product.
You should avoid shaving while the foils are still damp from the spray, so let them air dry completely before using the razor.
In the case of most Braun shavers, the blades and foils are merged into a single piece, called a cassette. If you have a Braun shaver simply remove the cassette, place it on a paper towel, spray the foils, flip it over and spray the inner part as well.
Cleaning rotary shavers
If you have a rotary shaver, be it from Philips Norelco or Remington, the process is very similar.
You must first remove the excess hairs using the included brush or by rinsing the shaving heads with water. Again, you should let them dry before applying the spray.
You must disassemble the shaving unit in order to have access to the inner cutters.
Make sure not to mix the blades and guards as they are matching pairs. Doing so will negatively impact the performance of your shaver.
You should spray both the rotary blades and the interior of the combs, then put them back together exactly the same. Let the shaver run for 5 to 10 seconds and you’re all set.
I personally like to remove the head from the shaver as it’ll dry faster.
Another advantage of cleaning sprays is that they don’t clog the shavers nor leave behind any oily residue. Most of them also have a nice scent that contributes to the feeling of having a clean razor.
The Remington Shaver Saver that I use has citrusy fragrance but with a metallic, synthetic note. It’s not particularly nice upon spraying, but once it’s dry, that harsh, chemical vibe is gone and the scent becomes very discreet.
I have sensitive skin and it didn’t cause me any irritation or allergy.
How often should you use a cleaning spray?
That really depends on how you use and clean your electric shaver, so there’s not a simple, straight answer to this question.
You can also use it in conjunction with other methods of cleaning and lubricating an electric shaver, which is in my opinion the ideal way.
Let’s look at the most frequent use cases.
If you only shave dry and you don’t use soap to clean your shaver, applying the spray once or twice a week should suffice. You can also do it after every shave, but it’s not really necessary in my opinion.
If you clean your shaver with liquid soap and water, any form of lubrication will be removed as well. Thus after every cleaning that involves soap, you should lubricate your shaver.
You can do that with a few drops of light mineral or clipper oil but you can also use a spray. Since it cleans and also lubricates, you can use it according to your needs.
I personally clean my shavers with soap and water after every use, regardless if I shave wet or dry — a bit excessive, but I like having a clean razor.
Because of that, I spray the foils and blades prior to every shave.
As mentioned earlier, my favorite is the Remington spray as it’s extremely efficient at cleaning any traces of dirt that I might have missed and it just makes my shavers work a lot smoother.
For example, my old Panasonic ES-LF51-A was sidelined a few months ago as the foils were getting really hot during use and it didn’t cut as close as it used to.
After using the Remington Shaver Saver I can honestly say that it feels like a new shaver.
It shaves closer than other newer Panasonics that I own and it sounds different as well. This is clearly the result of the blades gliding smoothly against the foils.
Granted, a cleaning spray can’t do wonders in the case of excessively worn blades or warped foils, but if your shaver isn’t there yet and you want an inexpensive and efficient product that can improve its performance significantly, then look no further.
I think a cleaning and lubricating spray is a fantastic product that would be beneficial to anyone using an electric shaver, particularly if you don’t have an automatic cleaning station.
Moreover, shaver cleaning sprays are inexpensive, widely available and easy to apply.
You’ll get a closer and more comfortable shave and it will prolong the lifespan of your shaver’s foils and blades.
If you have any other questions, my sure to post them in the comments below.