Over time, you may notice that your wooden brushes and tools develop a patina and perhaps even a crack or two in the woodgrain. Oxidation may appear in the way of dark spots. These natural signs of aging are caused by exposure to water over time.
While we like to think that the patina gives well-worn tools character, there are some things that you can do to slow the process.
- Stand the brush on its bristles when resting to encourage the water to move away from the bristles.
- Treat the wood with a mineral oil or wax to help seal it.
- Do not put your wood brushes in the microwave or dishwasher to disinfect. To clean and disinfect your natural dish brush, add a little dish soap to a cup of vinegar and soak your brush in the liquid for an hour or so. Then rinse with hot water and lay bristle-side down to dry.
Remember that signs of age are natural. We don’t use plastic because it doesn’t biodegrade. We choose wood and natural fibre because it does.