How To Clean Your Back Shaver: 9 Easy Steps

This page is all about how to clean your back shaver.

Thankfully, it is easy and fast to clean your back shaver. To maintain your back shaver and have it shave optimally, you must take a few moments after you have used it to shave your back to clean it up. This extra attention will help ensure your next back shaving experience is more pleasant.

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Most quality back shavers come with a cleaning brush. You can see the brush is locked into place out of the way here.

Steps To Clean Your Back Shaver

Always refer to your specific manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning.

  1. Disconnect the Power Source: For electric back shavers, ensure it is turned off and unplugged. Remove the batteries or disconnect the trimming or shaving head for battery-operated units.
  2. Dismantle the Shaver: Carefully disassemble the shaver according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This usually involves removing the head or blades.
  3. Brush Off Hair Residues: Use the cleaning brush provided with your shaver or a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove hair particles from the blades and the trimming head. When brushing off hair residues on razor blades, you should only brush in the direction where the blades will not cut the brush bristles.
  4. Rinse Under Warm Water: If your shaver is waterproof, rinse the detachable parts under warm water to remove any remaining hair and debris. Avoid submerging non-waterproof shavers.
  5. Apply Cleaning Solution: For a deeper clean, use a shaver cleaning solution or mild soap on the blades and head. Avoid harsh chemicals that can damage the shaver.
  6. Dry Thoroughly: After cleaning, pat the parts dry with a clean towel. Allow all components to air dry completely before reassembling to prevent rust and mold growth.
  7. Lubricate the Blades: Apply a drop of lubricating oil designed for electric shavers on the blades to maintain efficiency and prolong their lifespan.
  8. Reassemble Your Shaver: Once all parts are dry and lubricated, reassemble your back shaver according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  9. Storing – Try to store your back shaver in a dry location. I store mine in the bathroom but in a cabinet. Blades will rust if left hanging in the shower.
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Read The Directions

Most quality back shavers come with an instruction pamphlet. Please read this; it is usually packed with helpful information about your back shaver and best practices. Also, additional information or videos can be found on that particular product’s website.

Different Types Of Back Shavers

There are two basic types of back shavers:

  • Manual Back Shaver – A back shaver that uses razor blades to shave hair. I prefer this type of back shaver as it works the best.
    • Manual Cartridge Back Shaver – This uses cartridges that slide in and out and are sheathed in plastic. These are often containing two or three razor blades side by side.
    • Manual Safety Razor Back Shaver – This usually has a shaving head that comes apart either with thumbscrews or screws. Safety razors, either 2 or 3, are placed inside.
  • Electric Back Shaver/Trimmer – A back shaver or trimmer that uses a foil shaver or trimmer head to remove back hair. This is battery-operated.
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An example of how to remove shaving head from the trimmer.

Which Back Shaver Is Easiest To Clean?

Generally, manual back shavers are the easiest to clean.

Electric back shavers have smaller moving parts and are more troublesome to wash correctly.

How Long Does It Take To Clean A Back Shaver?

It should take less than three minutes to clean a manual back shaver.

For an Electric Back Shaver, it could take under 10 minutes.

How Do You Know When To Replace Razor Blades?

You will notice more tugging or pulling of hair. You can also hear a slight sound difference between a sharp razor blade and a dull one. You will also start to notice you have to go over an area multiple times to rid the area of hair.

What Back Shaver Is The Best?

I have reviewed 60 back shavers, and my favorite is the Bakblade 2.0 Elite Plus.

My full review is here: Bakblade 2.0 Elite Plus Back Shaver Review.

baKblade 2.0 Elite Plus Back Shavers for Men: The DIY Back Hair Shaver for Men with Safety Blade Technology & Ergonomic Handle, Wet or Dry Shaving (Extra Blades Included)

Final Thoughts On How To Clean Your Back Shaver

Cleaning your back shaver is pretty simple and helps prolong blade life. These steps will help ensure a better shaving experience with just a few minutes of prep.