Brushing a Maltese, with a coat of any length, is about much more than keeping the coat free of tangles and distributing body oils. It is part of what needs to be done to keep the coat pure white via removal of fine particles of dust, dirt, and debris buildup.
Wipes (as mentioned earlier) are important; however, brushing needs to be done as well, to separate the hairs and loosen debris that has fallen to the roots. Separated hairs are cleaner hairs, so brushing & combing the coat should on a regular basis.
If your Maltese has a short puppy cut, brush every 3 days. If your Maltese has a moderate hair cut
, brush every other day. And if your Maltese has a long show coat, brush every day.
For all but shaved coats, this should be comb, brush, comb, with a spritzing done as you go.
This is done as follows, working in sections:
Comb to separate the hairs to ensure that there are no tangles. * See below for mats.
Brush to remove debris.
Spritz as you go with a leave-in conditioner that will protect the hair shafts and essentially create a shield.
Spray the leave-in about 1 inch from the roots, making long strokes with the brush to distribute it down to the tips. You do not need to load the coat making it heavy (and too much product will block healthy air circulation). Just a light mist will do the trick.
It is recommended to do this in the morning, since with a nighttime application some of the product may rub off when a Maltese sleeps. However due to what may be a busy schedule, it may need to be done in the afternoon or evening when owners come home from work.
As long as it is done on a regular basis, it is one step in keeping the coat healthy, clean, and white.
If you find a tangle, try your best to work it out by hand, with your hands covered with your chosen leave-in product. If you cannot remove it, use a properly sized de- matting comb to help you work it out.
Types of brushed and combs:
It is recommended to use a 16 mm pin brush for Maltese puppies, a 20 mm pin brush for adults, and a steel two-level comb that is sized for small toy breeds.