How To Unclog a Braun Cleaning Station: A Step By Step Guide

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How To Unclog a Braun Cleaning Station: A Step By Step Guide

Braun’s Clean & Charge (cc) systems are probably the most popular self-cleaning stations out there.

One reason for this is of course the prevalence of Braun electric shavers, but the stations themselves are useful and practical as well.

And with the third-party cleaning solutions being cheap and effective, I think Braun’s stations are well worth it, particularly with the Series 5, 7 or 9 that don’t cost a whole lot more than the solo models.

Incidentally, Braun stations are also the most likely to get clogged over time. The manufacturer even mentions this explicitly in the troubleshooting section of the user manual, but the directions are extremely vague and not particularly helpful.

So, in this guide, I will go over how to identify a clogged Braun cleaning station and how to unclog it in a few easy steps (with detailed images).

Let’s get started!

Signs of a clogged Braun cleaning base

A clogged drain is the most common problem with Braun cleaning stations.

While they may seem complicated at first, they’re actually pretty basic in the way they are constructed and in the way they work.

Basically, the cleaning fluid is pumped from the cartridge through a tube, it passes through the shaving head, then flows back into the cartridge through a small drain hole.

Using my mad Photoshop skills, I tried to illustrate this in the graphic below:

Braun cleaning station graphic

The bottom of the cleaning chamber is actually slanted toward the drain hole so that the fluid would naturally drain back into the cartridge by gravity alone.

That tiny drain hole (red arrow) is the culprit for the clogging.

Skin oils, hairs, dead skin and all sorts of gunk can form a plug that completely blocks the small drainage, so the cleaning fluid doesn’t have anywhere to go.

If you experience some of the following situations, you’re most likely dealing with a clogged drainage.

  • The cleaning fluid stays up and doesn’t drain back into the cartridge (or it takes a long time to do so);
  • The shaving head is dripping wet even hours after the cleaning cycle ended;
  • The shaving head is dirty, particularly on the inside of the cassette;
  • There’s an increased consumption of cleaning fluid.

Luckily, cleaning a clogged Braun station is very easy and you don’t need any technical skills or special tools.

Here’s how to do it, step by step.

How to unclog a Braun Clean & Charge station

1. Unplug the power cord from the station and remove the cleaning cartridge.

Braun cleaning station

If there’s any liquid accumulated in the cleaning chamber of the station, make sure to remove the liquid before proceeding to the next step.

2. Locate the small drain hole.

Regardless of your Braun station model, there are two holes on the inside of the station: one at the top of the sloped inner chamber and one on the bottom corner.

Here it is on a Braun Series 9 station:

Braun Series 9 station drain hole

And again on a Series 7:

Braun Series 7 station drain hole

Since the cartridge has a fine mesh filter that retains all the dirt, it’s very unlikely that the other hole (at the top) will ever get clogged.

The fluid enters the chamber via the hole at the top, it’s flushed through shaving head, then goes back into the cartridge through the drain hole at the bottom — that’s the one we’re trying to unclog.

3. Using a wooden toothpick or something similar, clear the drain hole.

With the station open, just push any debris and gunk with the toothpick until it falls from the drainage.

Braun station unclogging with a toothpick

You should also inspect the inner chamber and clean it of any hardened dirt, making sure not to push any of it into the drain.

When held at the right angle, you should be able to see daylight shining through a clean drain hole.

If needed, you can turn the station upside down and clean any remaining dirt from the opposite side of the drain tube — this may be a bit difficult to perform without removing the top part of the station (see step 4 below).

Optionally, you can use a bit of warm tap water and just let it pass through the drain and wash any remaining debris.

Make sure however to do it carefully and slowly, with the water flowing directly into the inner cleaning chamber — the station itself is NOT waterproof and cannot be cleaned with water.

That’s pretty much it.

4. Optional: if the clogging is severe, you may need to remove the outer housing of the station to get better access to the drain tube from below.

Normally, this won’t be necessary, but if there’s still some gunk that you cannot remove, here’s how to do it.

Holding the station upside down, locate the four tabs that lock the housing in place.

Here are two of them, there are two more just like these:

With your fingernail, gently push each tab inward. You should hear a click when a tab is unlocked.

Once the four tabs are unlocked, press the button that opens the station while also pushing down on the oval part of the charging port so that they’ll clear the outside housing and the inner part will slide out.

Once the outer shell is removed, locate the tube corresponding to the drain hole you just cleaned at step 3 and using the same toothpick or a q tip remove any remaining dirt from the vent.

Assemble the station back in the same order, making sure to lock the four tabs by pressing them outward until they snap into place with a click.

The process is exactly the same for a Series 5, 7 or 9 station. Unfortunately I don’t have a Series 3 station right now, but it shouldn’t be much different.

How to avoid getting a Braun station clogged

Depending on a few factors, you may never have to deal with a blocked drain hole on your Braun station.

But even if that happens and you’ll have to take matters into your own hands, the process is very easy and straightforward as we just saw.

Here are a few tips to reduce the likelihood of the station getting clogged in the future.

✓ Remove most of the hairs from the cassette before cleaning the shaver in the station.

Simply remove the cassette and gently tap the plastic frame on the edge of your sink to remove the hairs. You can then blow over it or use the small brush (but only on the inside of the cassette, not directly over the foils) to clear any remaining hair strands.

This only takes a few seconds, but it does make a difference and will also allow you to get more cleaning cycles out of a cartridge.

✓ If you use shaving cream, rinse the head with water and remove any foam residue before cleaning the shaver in the station.

Hardened lather can lead to a clogged drain probably more than anything and it can also cause pressure buildup inside the cartridge.

✓ Clean the inner chamber with a damp cloth from time to time.

Fine hairs and gunk will accumulate inside the cleaning chamber and some of it can end up blocking the drain hole.

✓ Change the cleaning fluid when it becomes excessively contaminated with dirt.

Even if there’s a filter inside the cartridge, some sludge may still pass through it. This is bad for the hygiene of your shaver and it can also block the drain tube in time.

And since third-party cleaning solutions are really cheap, it’s not worth pushing it beyond a certain point.

That pretty much concludes our guide. A clogged drain is by far the most common problem with Braun stations, but luckily one that can be easily fixed.

If you have any further questions or simply want to share your experience, make sure to leave a comment below.

Disclaimer: shavercheck.com and the author of this post are not responsible for any damage caused to your device.

39 comments on “How To Unclog a Braun Cleaning Station: A Step By Step Guide

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  1. Ralph E Nance

    any idea why I have fluid running out of the bottom of the cleaner when I start cleaning? Is it clogged? though I have run water through it and it seems ok for flow. I had replaced the cleaning cartridge when it started doing this; so maybe the cleaning cartridge is bad? It’s as if the fluid is draining from the bin and not getting into the correct chamber on the cartridge?
    Ideas?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Ralph,

      Did the problem stop after replacing the cartridge? If not, there may be some liquid escaping between the drain tube gasket and the cartridge. The rubber may become too stiff in time or get damaged. Try to inspect it and see if you notice anything unusual.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  2. Raul Lopez

    My station will not clean my shaver (series 9) once the button is pushed, I have done all the proper steps for a possible clogged drain, but still nothing.

    please help! this machine is way to expensive for it not to be working!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Raul,

      Did it work at the beginning and suddenly stopped? As mentioned in the article, a clogged station is easy to diagnose, but if it’s not actually starting the cleaning process when you press the button, it may be defective. Does the LED on the station light up when you place the shaver in it? Does it charge the shaver? Also, if the station is in stand-by mode you’ll need to press the start button twice.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  3. Domingo Miclat

    My cleaning/charging station lights up as well as the shaver when I put the shaver in it. However, the blue button on the station no longer lights up. When I press the button nothing happens.

    Respectfully,
    Domingo Miclat

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Domingo,

      You didn’t mention your shaver model, but judging by the blue button, I believe you have a Braun Series 7. The LED would turn blue once the cleaning process starts. I understand that your station still charges the shaver, but the cleaning function doesn’t seem to work. If your station doesn’t show a low cartridge, then it may be something wrong with it. Did this happen all of a sudden?

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  4. Thurman

    Thanks for the advice. I was worried. Pulled my Shaver out and it was still wet. So found this article. I didn’t use a toothpick. I used a bread tie from a loath of bread. But a nice little chunk came out. I could now see straight to the bottom. I will remember this in the future.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hey,

      Thank you for your comment — glad you found the article useful. A bread tie should work just as well. 🙂

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      It would be difficult for me to say what’s wrong just from your comment. Does the station still charge the shaver when you push down the holder?

      Reply
  5. Dan Prows

    The blue light comes on, but the lights on left side (series 7 charge station/cleaner) turn yellow even after new cartridge. When I push blue button, it hums a little like it wants to start, but then the light turns red and everything stops. The charger is not clogged. The charger works, but does not clean.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Dan,

      So basically the station is signaling a false empty cartridge notification whenever you’re starting a cleaning cycle. If that’s correct, I’m afraid the station is probably defective. Is it still under warranty? If so, you could try and have it repaired or replaced.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
    2. Gary Christensen

      I have a series 9 station. Lately, I get about 5 cleanings at the most before that red light comes on and it won’t start cleaning. And yet, there’s at least 1/3 of the solution left. With my old station, I had at least twice that number of cleanings and the liquid that was left was minimal and dirty. I checked and the drain is completely open with my series 9. I hate having to buy all this solution that then gets wasted. I don’t want to have to buy a new station. Help!

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      1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

        Hi Gary,

        I think I always have more than 1/3 of the solution left in the cartridge when the light comes on, but I do get way more than 5 cleanings from a refill. So I don’t think the fluid level is necessarily the issue here, but other potential causes (contamination, faulty sensor, etc.). Do you use shaving cream or gel? Also, do you remove the hair clippings by tapping them out or with the brush before cleaning your shaver in the station?

        –Ovidiu

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  6. Trevor

    Hi, thank you for the information, most helpful. I have a series 3 which I didn’t use for around 18 months (I grew a beard which has now gone). I’ve loaded a new cleaning cartridge but the razor doesn’t get cleaned. I’ve checked the drain holes too, but they’re OK. The unit used to make quite a loud buzz when I turned it on (the fluid pump?) but now it’s quiet and just charges the razor. Any ideas? Many thanks.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Trevor,

      If the shaver charges and there’s a new (genuine) cartridge that was installed properly, the culprit could be the chip inside the shaver that’s needed to pair it with the station. They sometimes stop working. Assuming that’s not the case, the electronics in the station (circuit board, pump, etc.) could also be the cause. Unfortunately there’s no way of telling with certainty unless you have another shaver or station. I assume that the warranty has expired, so sending it to a Braun service center could be quite pricey.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  7. Todd

    I have a series nine and it looks like the pump… not the drain… is non-functional. It goes through all the mechanics of cleaning but no fluid is brought up and water drains through both holes easily

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      If the pump is faulty (and it seems to be from your comment), I don’t think there’s much you can do yourself. If it’s still under warranty, I would try to contact a Braun service center and have the pump repaired or replaced. I haven’t seen the pump being sold separately like other components (PCBs, batteries and so on). Finally, there’s the option of buying a new Series 9 station if it’s not worth repairing yours. Just make sure that you get the same part number. For example, the stations that come with the newer 93xx Series 9 are not backward compatible, despite appearing to be exactly the same stations.

      –Ovidiu

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  8. Donny

    I just bought it (S3) yesterday. But the charging station onky charge but do not do the ckeaning at all. And the hole was ok… very disapointed…

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Donny,

      In the case of a brand new shaver, a clogged station is never a problem. Make sure to follow the instructions in the manual exactly and also check out the troubleshooting section. If the problem still persists, your unit may be defective, in which case you should return it for a refund or replacement.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  9. Howard

    I had to interrupt the cleaning cycle of my Series 7 because cleaning fluid was over flowing. I cleaned the unit as you instructed but now the cleaning cycle just keeps running and running. Do you know how I can reset it, please?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Howard,

      Are you absolutely sure that the cleaning cycle is running indefinitely? The intensive cleaning mode takes up to 20 minutes for example. Also, what Series 7 model do you have?

      –Ovidiu

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Marcus,

      Thank you for the comment and the link. This rarely happens, but the gunk, oil, and hairs can block the impeller as well. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to fix.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  10. Ali G

    Hi Ovidiu,

    Thanks for the post it was really useful and definitely I will try it but first I have a question. Once I tried to wash my station with water and simply I took out the cartridge and let the water from faucet run from top part of station and clean all the hairs!!! That was a big mistake I know but now the station is working just I hear all the time squeaky noise from the pump do you know how can I fix it?

    Thanks in advance

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      You are very welcome.

      It’s a good idea to stick to cleaning the station with a damp cloth just to be on the safe side. While you could let water carefully run through the station, making sure it only drains through the drain hole and doesn’t come in contact with the electronics inside (which are exposed), it’s better to avoid doing it. Some water may have ended up in the pump, which could cause the squeaking noise. Apart from letting it drain and dry completely by turning the station upside down, I don’t think there’s anything you can do. The water should come out anyway when the cleaning fluid runs through the pump.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  11. John

    Hi,
    I tried to use my cleaning station with a fresh fluid tank, but the fluid level light blinks when I insert the shaver and no cleaning will occur. I didn’t find this in the Braun troubleshooting. Do you know what my problem is?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi John,

      This did happen to me a couple of times with a Series 7 station, but it eventually showed a full tank after removing and inserting the cartridge again. I understand that your station worked normally until this happened? If so, there might be something wrong with the sensor that detects the fluid level. Is your shaver still under warranty? If not, there could be a way of bypassing that sensor, although I haven’t tried it myself. One of our readers pointed that out in this comment.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  12. Crez

    Thank you Ovidiu you have helped me sort out my 9 series 🙂 from clogging, Braun etiquette cleaning is vague
    Regards
    Crez

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  13. Richard

    I recently cleaned my series 7 cleaning station. After the cleaning, the motor runs continuously when plugged in (without pushing the button) whether or not the razor is inserted into the cleaning station. The cleaning fluid spurts out of the top and all over the counter surface. What can I do?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Richard,

      I assume you cleaned the station with water which is not recommended. You should only use a slightly damp cloth to wipe it clean. From what I can tell, something like a short happened and the station behaves as if the razor is in place and the start button is pressed. I would let the station dry completely for a few days, maybe even take it apart as described in this post and just hope for the best.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  14. Ken Richardson

    Hello Ovidiu

    A really useful series of Q & A’s but I think I have something different for you!

    On switch on the level indicator for my charging station (Series 7 790cc) shows “low” and wouldn’t clean the shaver so I left it to charge only which worked perfectly. In the meantime I got a new cartridge and fitted it however when I switched it on it still showed the level as “low” and when I inserted the shaver to try it the level indicator immediately switched to “red” (empty) which obviously isn’t correct.

    I have tried giving the unit a good clean (the drain was pretty much blocked) and also tried to move the impeller, as per above,which is very stiff and wouldn’t move more than a mm, if that.

    Any ideas? Seem like the sensor has gone and somewhere you mentioned bypassing it – is that possible? Or is the fact that the impeller is stuck the problem – I’m assuming the black impeller at the bottom should spin?

    Any advice greatly appreciated! It does still charge the shaver OK.

    Kind regards
    Ken

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Ken,

      Thank you for your comment.

      First of all, it’s great that you unclogged the station. However, that’s not the reason why it incorrectly signals an empty cartridge. Also, the impeller should be extremely easy to unstuck. My guess is that you tried to move the outer cover. The actual impeller sits inside and is usually white — here is a picture of it.

      This issue happened to me as well with a Series 7, but everything went back to normal after unplugging and plugging the cord in. If it still refuses to show a full cartridge, then there might be something wrong with the station, including that sensor. I haven’t tried bypassing it as I never had to, so I’m afraid I cannot help you with any indications. But it appears that it can be done.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  15. Mike Kelly

    Hi. Thanks for that.
    Mine station is still faulty. Does not pick up fluid.
    Charges ok. Shaver buzzes but it appears that the fluid is not being picked up.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Mike,

      If there’s no fluid coming up, the impeller may be stuck. Try to rotate it by using the tip of a toothpick.

      –Ovidiu

      Reply
  16. Donald Thompson

    I have an s3 shaver and it cleaned the BBC shh hi aver well Andean out of cleaner cartridges and bought more on Amazon. The unit charges my shaver fine the unit does not start cleaning. The cartridges look the same but could there be a slight difference? Let me know!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Does it show an empty cartridge? Is the razor being turned on? As long as they’re genuine Braun cartridges, they will work with any Braun station.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply

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