So you have just finished grooming your dog for the first time, and you clipped so much hair! How do you clean those clippers afterward and ensure that they are properly taken care of? Here are some things you should and should not do when it comes to clipper care.
What should you use to oil clipper blades? Blade oil can be found in pet stores as well as online, the bottle will specify that it is blade or clipper oil. It is best to use products that are made for the clippers instead of trying a substitute, unless you get a specific recommendation from a professional groomer. There are four points to the clipper blade that should be oiled, but only three of them need to consistently be oiled once per day. If you wash your clippers in between use, then all four parts need to be re-oiled. How to oil clippers:
1. You will push on the clippers so that you have access to the first three points, this is the rear rail on either side of the spring.
2. One drop of oil will be applied to the rear rail on either side of the spring, as well as one drop in the groove in the top of the clippers.
3. A drop of oil can then be applied to the teeth, make sure each point where you applied oil is thoroughly rubbed in.
4. Right before you used your clippers, apply one small drop of oil to the middle of the clippers, make sure it doesn’t go anywhere near the teeth, turn on the clipper and allow the oil to spread in a thin sheet across the top of the clipper as this can help keep heat low and prevent some buildup.
How do you sharpen blades? One easy way to sharpen your blades is to use a whetstone. Whetstones can be bought in stores or online, and are relatively affordable. A combined whetstone of 4000 and 8000 grit is the best option. How to use a whetstone properly for sharpening clippers:
1. Spray water on the stone, if the water is absorbed immediately then your stone needs to soak in water for 10 minutes, if a thin sheen of water lays on the surface then your stone is ready to use.
2. Hold the blade at a 35 to 45 degree angle, you want to make sure you don’t move the blade too much and keep it within that range. You are simply trying to hone just the end/tip of the blade. Holding the blade between your ring finger and your thumb will work.
3. You will move the blade side to side on the coarser side of the stone (4000 grit) about five to ten times. Make sure you wipe away any powder with a soft cloth and ensure that this is done to the other side of the blade as well.
4. You will then turn the stone over to the other side (8000 grit) and repeat what was done on the previous side.
5. When finished, the blade should look shiny, make sure you wipe the blades before reassembling.
If you have a clipper that is corded, make sure that the cord is wound up and tied together with a zip tie or small twist tie. Do not wrap the cord around the body of the clipper as this can cause damage. If the cord is showing signs of damage, stop use and replace. If you are unsure of how to replace the cord for your clipper, contact the manufacturer or company that made the clipper.
Spray coolants are made by many different clipper companies, all have the same use and general ingredients. The coolant is made to spray onto the clipper blades to cool them down, as they can become heated especially over lengthy, multiple uses. The directions on the product state that it should be used occasionally in a well ventilated area. It is important to keep in mind that the spray coolant does not substitute as blade care! Here is the proper, most efficient way to use the spray coolant:
1. Turn the clipper to OFF.
2. Point clippers down towards the floor.
3. Spray the back of the clippers with one short burst from the coolant bottle.
4. Turn the clipper over and proceed with oiling the teeth with proper clipper oil.
5. Turn the clipper back on and then continue with grooming. Make sure you avoid spraying the teeth of the clipper with the coolant, this can cause rust and buildup, therefore causing further damage to the blades.
Everyday Cord Clippers
As a pet owner, you spent plenty of time researching different types of clippers before you purchased the pair you have now. If you own everyday cord clippers, here are some tips you should do when it comes to maintaining them and taking care of them so they last a long time.
Blades should be maintained, after all, this is the most crucial part! Keeping the blades oiled, sharpened, and clean from debris, will ensure that your clippers will function properly for years to come.
Regularly vacuum or remove dry hair from the base of the clipper for weekly maintenance. Cotton swabs can be useful for cleaning the rechargeable batteries and charging station.
These trimmers do not require extensive maintenance. Make sure the blades are kept clean and oiled, and debris is removed.