High-quality hair clippers are important, but their maintenance is equally vital for a sharp and quick cut at home. On the bright side, hair clippers can be easily maintained in only a few steps that are presented in the next lines. So let's take a look at how to clean hair clippers with very little effort to make sure your next trim is perfect.
Step 1 – Remove the Debris
Hair clippers can get debris and hair stuck in them that might make them dull much quicker than usual. The first step to proper maintenance is to remove all the buildup after you have used the hair clippers.
You can easily do so by placing a paper towel over the bathroom sink; this helps you to have an easy clean afterward as all the hair and debris goes over the paper towel, not straight into the sink. If your hair clippers have a brush, you can use it to clean the hair trimmings.
If not, you may use any other small brush you have around the house, such as a soft makeup brush. Make sure you never use fibrous materials to clean the hair clippers because these can leave a mess behind. Soft brushes are the most efficient tools when it comes to cleaning hair clippers.
If the blades are detachable, make sure you consult the user’s manual for safe removal and return them into the unit once you are done cleaning them.
Step 2 – Disinfecting the Hair Clippers
This is a crucial step when you use hair clippers. If you want to keep them as clean as possible, you need to use sanitizer in order to keep them clean. You might have noticed that any stylist in a hair salon or barbershop keeps a bottle of sanitizer for the same purpose.
If the blades are detachable, you can simply soak them in alcohol; in case the alcohol changes color due to the dirt and buildup on the blades, you need to replace it until it remains crystal clear.
You should not soak any other parts, as this can damage your hair clippers. Once you disinfect your hair clippers, you can gently use a dry cloth to wipe away the excess and then leave them to air dry.
Another option to clean the hair clippers is to use vinegar instead of alcohol. You can place the blades in a combination of 1/2 water and 1/2 vinegar to loosen the hair or the debris. You may also find dedicated blade cleaning solutions on the market if you prefer to avoid both alcohol and vinegar to clean your hair clippers.
Step 3 – Oiling the Blades
Once you have cleaned the unit, you should apply oil to it. This helps the blades resist corrosion, rust, and prolongs their life considerably. Each time you use the unit, you should oil the blades, but try to avoid over-lubricating by using only one or two drops of oil.
If you apply too much oil, this can get into the motor unit and destroy it. Furthermore, oiling the blades should be done each time after you clean them to ensure a standard performance.
And there you have it! Easy steps to properly clean your hair clippers.