I've been using daubers to apply polish, paste and cream (I've separated by color and material). Over time, the brushes seem to start to stiffen up. I never thought much of it, until today when I was applying cream with a dauber and actually scratched the shoe I was working on.
Is there a way to keep my daubers in original (soft) condition? Should I be cleaning these? (If so, how?) I suspect it could get a little pricey to have to change these out too frequent if not.