Step-by-Step Guide on How To Clean Hair Clippers
When you buy your new set of hair clippers, you hope to get the best out of it. That is, you view it as a tool that will significantly enhance your grooming for as long as possible. Just like other grooming tools, cleaning the machine is an inevitable maintenance task if you want it to remain highly efficient for longer. Thus, it is important for you to know how to clean hair clippers properly even before you use it for the first time.
Generally, cleaning hair clippers involves removing the trapped hairs, disinfecting and cleaning the various components of the clippers, and finally oiling it.
Items you need when cleaning hair clippers
- Cleaning brush
- Screw driver
- Blade-cleaning solution (or warm water and white vinegar mixture)
- Clean and dry soft cloth or towel
- Hair clipper oil
Step 1: Unplug the machine or remove the battery
Hair clippers are electronic devices. You don’t want to tamper with it when it’s turned on. So, if your shaving machine is corded, unplug it from the power source and if it is cordless, make sure you remove the battery before starting the cleaning activities.
Step 2: Disassemble the clippers
To allow for proper cleaning of all the parts that require cleaning, disassemble the clippers carefully. First, remove the screws holding the head plate down. Detach the head from the blades and the rest of the clippers. Remember the order in which the parts were arranged so that you will not have trouble assembling them back.
Step 3: Removing the visible hair
Using a thick brush or a toothbrush, make a quick sweep over the head plate to remove the visible hair. This initial step makes cleaning the device simpler and faster. Also brush inside the top of the clipper and clean any indentation where hair may be bunched together.
To loosen smaller hairs that may be difficult to remove using a brush, dip the head and blades in warm water and the hairs will be removed effortlessly.
Step 4: Cleaning clipper blades
Cleaning the blades is the most crucial part of hair clippers cleaning exercise.
The performance of your hair clippers mainly depends on the efficiency of the blades. Therefore, you ought to pay more attention to the blades while learning how to clean hair clippers.
There is a mountain of difference between a haircut done using blades clogged with hairs or unoiled ones and a haircut done with regularly cleaned, disinfected and oiled blades. Dirty blades not only reduce the efficiency of hair clippers but also increase the chances of the skin getting irritated and infected.
There are two ways of cleaning hair clipper blades. You can either use a special blade wash (blade-cleaning solution), or DIY home solutions (the most popular is white vinegar mixed with warm water).
A blade-cleaning solution guarantees the highest level of blade maintenance as it cleans, disinfects, and lubricates the blade. Some clipper brands have their own blade-cleaning solutions. If you can’t get a brand-specific solution, it doesn’t mean you will not be able to clean your blades well. Just look for a blade wash that will disinfect the blades, eliminate unpleasant odors, cool them, prevent rusting and protect them from mold and mildew.
Blade washes are mainly used by professional barbers as they have stronger and long-lasting effects. They are recommended for cleaning hair clippers that are used frequently and on many different individuals.
You can also go the DIY way by cleaning the blades with distilled white vinegar (don’t you also use it for cleaning the insides of your washing machine, microwave, or fridge?)
The advantage of using white vinegar is that it’s cheap. And if you already have enough stock of it in your house, you won’t have to buy a blade cleaning solution. Being acidic, vinegar will kill all germs and bacteria, combat mold and mildew, and give your clippers a fresh smell.
Cleaning rust off the surface of the blade
If you realize that brushing doesn’t remove rust from the blade surface, soak the blades in the cleaning solution for a few minutes. You may have to do a little scrubbing to remove the rust completely.
Step 5: Drying the clipper parts
This step is especially important if you decide to use white vinegar. Use a clean, dry towel to eliminate any liquid particles on the surface of the blades and other parts of the clipper. You should also leave the parts on the towel for about 30 minutes to 1 hour to let them air dry properly. If you used a blade-cleaning solution, drying the clipper parts will take much less time.
Step 6: Oil the blade
When the clipper head and blade are completely dry, reassemble them with the clipper. Plug the clipper back to the power source or put back the battery. With the clippers turned on and facing downwards, put drops of hair clipper oil across the length of the blades. Make sure that the oil doesn’t get inside the clippers. If there’s excess oil, dab the drops some dry paper.
Tips You Should Not Forget About Cleaning Hair Clippers
- Clean your clippers frequently. Though the frequency depends on how often the clipper is used to cut hair, make sure you clean it once a week or after every third or fourth time of use.
- Don’t use easy substitutes for clipper oil. Hair clipper oil is a light machine oil and doesn’t have a substitute. If you use any other type of oil, you are risking reducing the clipper’s functionality or damaging it irreversibly.
- Avoid using too much hair clipper oil. Just a few drops of the oil are enough to lubricate the blades.
- The best cleaning brush is the one provided by the brand manufacturer. However, if your clipper did not come with a blade cleaning brush, make sure you use a gentle brush (a fairly soft toothbrush or a dedicated cleaning brush is recommended).
- Make sure that you have reassembled the clipper properly. Align the blades well and close the head tightly with the screws for optimum functionality.
After you clean and oil the blade, you are done with the maintenance routine for your clippers and can feel a change in the sound of the motor and the feel of the blade on the skin. If there was snagging or pulling before, cleaning the clippers solves these problems completely. The machine now gives a smooth, irritation-free close cut shave and is restored to its maximum efficiency.