How To Clean Clipper Blades in Only 3 Steps

How To Clean Clipper Blades in Only 3 Steps (Guide For Barbers and DIY Guys)

Tools You Need to Clean Clipper Blades

  1. Soft Brush or Toothbrush
  2. Clipper Disinfectant Spray or Isopropyl Alcohol
  3. Clipper Blade Oil

How to Clean Clipper Blades Like a Pro Barber

Brush the Clipper Blades After Every Cut

1) Brush your clipper blade gently with a soft brush or toothbrush.

How To Clean Clipper Blades - Step 1: Brushing

Pro tip: Apply a spray to simplify cutting by making hair easier to manage. This will also prevent tiny parts of the hair from being stuck into the blades.

Clean and Disinfect Clipper Blades

2) With a disinfectant spray or isopropyl alcohol, lightly spray it onto the blades.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Clipper Blades

Apply Clipper Blade Oil

3) Apply 3 drops of clipper blade oil onto the blades.

  1. Put three drops of oil on the blade’s teeth and one drop on each side.
  2. Turn the clipper on, tilt it sideways, and let it run for a few seconds to spread the oil.
  3. Use a cloth to remove any extra oil.

Quick tip: If you’re out of clipper oil, you can use light oils like vegetable or olive oil, but avoid heavy oils like grease or motor oil. Keeping spare clipper oil is a good idea to avoid using the wrong kind.

Checking and Adjusting Blade Alignment

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Dealing with Overheating Issues: Sometimes, clippers and trimmers can overheat even when cooling sprays are used. This could be due to excessive use, lack of proper lubrication, or internal mechanical issues.

When cooling sprays don’t solve the overheating, ensure the clipper is properly lubricated to reduce friction. If the problem persists, allow the clipper to rest and cool down before using it again. Continuous overheating may indicate a need for professional servicing to check for worn-out parts or internal damage.
Determining the Need for Professional Repair

While many clipper and trimmer issues can be fixed at home, such as replacing dull blades or correcting minor alignment problems, some situations require professional attention. If your clipper or trimmer is still malfunctioning after you’ve performed basic maintenance (cleaning, lubricating, and adjusting), it might have electrical problems, motor issues, or other complex faults.

Signs that suggest the need for professional repair include inconsistent power, unusual noises that persist after cleaning and lubrication, and failure to cut despite having sharp blades. In these cases, it’s best to consult with a professional repair service to avoid further damage and ensure your equipment is properly and safely restored to working condition.

Frequently Asked Questions
What if my clippers start pulling hair after cleaning? 

Pulling hair could indicate that the blades need oiling or realignment. Apply clipper oil as instructed and check the blade alignment. If the problem persists, the blades may need sharpening or replacing.

How often should I clean my clipper blades?

Clipper blades should be cleaned after every use to remove hair and debris. This prevents buildup and maintains the sharpness and efficiency of the blades.

Can I use household oils like olive oil on my clipper blades?

It’s best to use oil specifically designed for clipper blades. Household oils can be too thick, may not withstand the heat generated by the clippers, and can attract more debris, leading to a buildup that affects performance.

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