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Dark Vs Light Bristle Brushes

Having both a dark bristle and a light bristle brush the the most effective way to prevent streaking of polishes on your favorite pair of dress shoes. In this video we teach you the importance of two colored brushes and how you can clean them after polish has accumulated on the bristles.

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One of the questions that we receive often here The Hanger Project is do I need to have two different shoeshine brushes, a dark bristled brush and a light bristled brush? And the answer is really you do and the reason is because you want to use the different colored bristles to help keep separate the brush you use for your dark colored shoes and the brush you use for your light colored shoes.

So we just finished shining a navy blue pair of Saint Crispin Oxfords and I used a light colored brush to just show how much residual polish accumulates on a shoe shine brush. And so, if I were to take a brush that I just used to buff a dark polish off of a pair of say navy or black shoes and then I took that same brush and buffed off the polish on a white pair of shoes like a light brown. Then you could end up with streaking caused by the residual polish.

So the reason you would have two brushes is a dark bristled brush for your dark colored shoes and light bristle brush for your light colored shoes. Shoeshine brushes don't require much maintenance but as you use them residual polish will accumulate on the bristle. So I have a shoeshine brush that I use to brush and navy pair of shoes. And as you can see this is a perfect illustration of the amount of polish it'll accumulate on a brush just after one polishing.

As that residual polish develops it's good every once in a while to try to clean that residual polish off of the brush and the way that we recommend doing that here at The Hanger Project is simply taking your horsehair brush and just buffing the bristle across a clean chamois or a towel. And as you can see that residual polish will wipe off. Now rotate your brush and do the same thing brushing the other direction and that just assures that you're getting as much of that residual polish off the brush as possible. If you can do this at the end of each time you use your shoeshine brush, it's just going to help to keep your brushes extra clean and to prevent the risk of any residual polish streaking any pairs of shoes the next time you use it.

You don't really need to do much more than that. I wouldn't wash your brushes under water or shampoo them anyway because you want to really keep the natural texture of that horsehair intact. If you want to learn more about our entire collection of shoe shine brushes and what makes them different, we have a shoe shine brush overview video on our YouTube channel. As always let us know what you think with comments below, I always get back to those myself personally. If you like this video please give us a thumbs up or better yet subscribe to our channel. I'm Kirby Allison founder of The Hanger Project. Thanks for joining us.