Philips Series 7000 Wet & Dry.jpgIf you use an electric shaver, you probably already have a pretty good idea of how to care for and maintain it. Then again, there may be one or two razor maintenance tips that you simply hadn’t considered. And of course, if you’ve never had an electric shaver and are thinking of getting one, then learning how to preserve it for a long and productive life is sure to be very useful. Read on if you’d like to see both the tips and a couple of great shaver suggestions from Best Buy!

Tip 1. Always clean your razor immediately after every shave. This includes rinsing your razor in warm water and fully drying it as part of each cleaning, but it does not necessarily include a full dismantling of your razor this frequently. Even so, fully dismantling your razor’s heads periodically is also highly recommended—possibly every few weeks or after several shaves (depending on your shaving frequency).

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If you’ve been looking to purchase a new rotary shaver, you may want to consider the Philips Sensotouch Shaver. This high quality electric razor is packed with great features like Philips’ patented Lift & Cut Action, the curve-hugging quality of Philips’ GyroFlex 2D System, the friction-reducing SkinGlide feature, and the comfort-enhancing Aquatec Seal (ideal for any wet shave), along with a handy Precision Trimmer for tackling those difficult sculpting jobs like goatee & moustache edging and evening out your sideburns. When it comes to rotary shavers, the Philips Sensotouch is just about as good as it gets. Shave like never before with Philips!

Tip 2. Periodically replace your razor’s blades (if a rotary model) or foil & cutter (if a foil model). Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for your specific razor. Many models need parts replaced once each year, though this will depend on a number of factors such as how well you care for your razor & how often you shave. By properly maintaining your blades, foils, and all, you reduce the strain on your shaver. For instance, a worn foil needs to be pressed harder into your face to achieve an ideal shave, and that puts undue pressure on the entire apparatus. So keep the key parts of your shaver as new as possible and enjoy a close, comfortable shave every single time while prolonging the life of your razor.

Tip 3. Frequently oil / lubricate your razor’s moving metal parts with an appropriate product. I have to confess, I have never done this one myself. From doing a little research, however, I have discovered that it is very important to keep your shaver (particularly the blades) lightly oiled so as to reduce friction on moving parts and prevent them from wearing out before their time. It’s really no different than keeping your car’s engine properly oiled—less friction means less heat, and this means less wear and tear on moving parts.

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If a foil shaver is more your speed, then look no further than to the extremely capable Panasonic 4-Blade Wet-Dry Men’s Shaver. With its 4 blade system (for supreme closeness) & multi-flex pivoting head (for superior comfort), along with its gentle precision trimmer (for tackling the fine, sculpting work), this foil shaver is 100% armed and dangerous and ready to take on the toughest and most stubborn of whiskers!

Tip 4. Always charge your razor fully, and only do so whenever a charge is necessary (i.e., when the battery has fully discharged). If you fail to charge your shaver fully each time you charge it, you may reduce the life of its internal battery. The same rule applies with respect to charging your shaver too frequently (i.e., before it fully discharges). If you treat your razor right, it will reward you with a long and loyal life of service!

Tip 5. Only use your razor within its specified usage parameters. If your razor is a wet/dry model, then using it for either a wet or dry shave is fine, but never use a ‘dry use only’ razor to take a wet shave. This may not only damage or destroy your razor, but it could also be very dangerous. Similarly, don’t lend your razor to others (such as your wife—for her legs, or a friend). These tools aren’t meant for leg hair, and your friend’s beard may have an entirely different consistency from yours. Why place undue strain on your expensive appliance by challenging it with unfamiliar faces & upping its workload?

And there you have it—the top 5 tips for maintaining your electric razor! Of course, the rules for maintaining your shaver are not limited to just these 5 only. Remember, always consult and fully follow the owner’s manual for the razor model you actually own. That’s all for now. Happy shaving!

Leonard Bond
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