Whether you have your own personal barber clipper at home or work as a professional at a salon, sanitation and caring for your barber clippers is critical. If you’re wondering why cleaning is necessary when it operates quite well without it, this is what will happen:
- Your clipper will not adequately trim or cut your hair, leaving it snaggy and irritating on your skin.
- You will notice a shift in its motor, which is the clippers motor becoming weak.
If you’ve been having these or other problems with your barber supplies, you should know that your barber clipper is asking you to clean it!! If this is your first time and you have never done it before, or if you believe there is anything wrong with your cleaning methods, you have come to the right place. We ensure that after this article, you will know exactly how to clean and care for your hairdressing supplies. So, without further ado, let’s get started on the cleaning!!
- Turn Off The Trimmer
Before you begin cleaning, disconnect and/or switch off the trimmer for your own safety. Unplugging corded trimmers is especially critical since any water that drips on the plug might harm it or produce an electrical shock when you plug it back in.
Since it is difficult to clean the blades while they are moving too fast, you must turn off the electricity, even if your trimmer is cordless.
- Place A Towel On A Firm, Level Surface, Such As A Table Or Countertop
Placing a clean towel on a solid, flat surface, such as a table or countertop reduces the possibility of blade damage if you drop them accidentally. The towel’s colour should contrast with your clippers so that any hairpieces are visible and readily removed.
Spread out your clipper components on the towel and make sure they’re switched off, unplugged, and hair-free before you start cleaning them.
- Unscrew It
Remove the blade from your clippers to clean them. First, ensure that the device is disconnected. Turn your clipper over so that the bottom of the blade is facing up, and grip the blade guard with one hand to keep it from twisting while you unscrew it. Then, using your other hand, spin the screw counterclockwise until it comes out easily.
Use a tiny brush, such as a toothbrush or a small paintbrush, to remove any hair or dust from the blades, or blast them out with a quick burst of compressed air.
- Brush The Hair Away From The Blade.
Then, using a clipper brush, remove hair from the blade. A clipper brush is composed of boar’s hair and has a long handle that allows easy access to the blade. A clipper brush may be purchased at most beauty supply stores or online.
If you don’t have a clipper brush, you may substitute an old toothbrush. Don’t think of pulling a prank or annoying any of your family members by using their regular toothbrush because it may become contaminated with human skin cells and hair which can be extremely dangerous.
Hold the blade between your thumb and index finger while running the bristles of your toothbrush or clipper brush in the gap between them. Before cleaning other portions of the blade, proceed cautiously to ensure that all stray hairs are eliminated from this region.
- Wiping Cleans The Blade
Take out a moist paper towel or cloth. Use a damp one rather than a wet one.
Then, wash the blade in a single motion, being sure to clean both sides. Make certain that no water enters the trimmer! If your blade is unclean, rinse it with soapy water instead.
- With A Soft Cloth, Fully Dry The Blade
After you’ve finished cleaning the blade, dry it completely with a soft cloth, ideally a microfiber one (although any towel will serve). When there is water on the blade, it turns rusty. Rust can cause harm to your clippers; damaged clippers will not cut as effectively. The end result? You’ll be stuck with a bad haircut and a subpar machine. So keep in mind that beautiful haircuts originate from clean blades that are kept dry.
- Apply Oil
If you have an oil applicator bottle, apply three drops of oil to each side of the blade; if not, pour it straight onto the blade in these regions.
This step is critical for maintaining your clippers in good working order. The oil keeps the cutting motion smooth and avoids corrosion, which may be a serious issue if you don’t use the clippers regularly.
Wipe away any extra oil with a soft towel. This is critical because oil can cause harm to your hair when you trim it.
- Reattached the blade and Turn it on:
Reattach the blade to your barber trimmer by correctly positioning it and tightening it back in place. Make sure the blade is in the proper position before screwing it on, otherwise you may have to unscrew it and start over. If you are unsure if you have put the blade back on correctly, get assistance from a friend or a professional.
Turn it on for 2 minutes so that the heat can even out for smooth functioning.
Finally, switch off the trimmer and wipe away any excess oil. Make sure to clean your trimmer regularly!!