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Cleaning Wax Brushes: Vacuum the brush

Wed, Jan  28, 2009 - By Mike Muha

We've covered the Slap-and-Scrape and the Brush-a-Wire-Shelf methods of ski wax brush cleaning using everyday items. Today we introduce power tools!

Cleaning Wax Brushes: Vacuum the brush

The vacuum-the-brush method requires only two items:

  • The dirty brush
  • A vacuum cleaner with a hose

Everyone (?) has a vacuum cleaner. I you only have an upright with no attachments, you're out of luck. This method requires a hose.

Step 1. Turn on the vacuum cleaner.

Step 2. Pull the vacuum hose across the brush bristles multiple times until the brush is clean.

Step 3. Turn off the vacuum cleaner.

Like the previous two methods, the more frequently you use the vacuum, the cleaner you brushes will remain. I use slap-and-scrape or brush-the-wire-shelf each time I wax, and the vacuum every few times I wax or if I'm waxing many skis in one sitting.

 Vacuum the bristles of your wax brush
Pull the vacuum hose across the brush bristles multiple times until the brush is clean 

Adds John Stoy:

As someone who constantly strives to be more economic (ski technique, waxing, etc.), I use a Shop Vac! Actually, you could use any vacuum. Use the accessory hose with the plastic nozzle. The plastic won't harm or deform your brushes (especially the softer brass and copper) and will remove just about all of the wax particles. And the best part, no need to clean up when you are done!

Using the vacuum cleaner seems safe for the brushes and really removes the wax. Recommended!