Professional pet grooming is a booming business right now and you’re probably having some very busy days in your salon! It’s times like this that you need to make sure you have tools that you can rely on. Choose your tools wisely and make sure you have a good maintenance routine set out. Here’s some tips on how to improve the lifespan of your animal clippers:
Choosing Your Tools
The first thing to consider is choosing the right tools for the job! For example, when taking off the bulk of a thick coat, make sure you pick up a heavy-duty clipper like the KM10 which has a motor designed to cope with that.
You can also upgrade your favourite animal clippers by investing in Ultimate Competition Blades. These blades come in the usual competition blade sizes, designed to fit all clippers that take that style of blade (KM Cordless, KM5, KM10, Max 45). With the addition of a carbon-like coating, the Ultimate Blades stay sharper for longer. For clippers with a snap on/off adjustable blade (Arco, Bravura, Creativa), you can use a Diamond Blade, which is 40 times more durable than our standard adjustable blade.
Stainless-steel attachment combs can also be beneficial when it comes to added durability and longevity. Instead of using plastic guards, the stainless-steel combs are less likely to snap or bend during use. There are comb sets available for Competition Blades as well as Adjustable Blades.
A perfect maintenance routine should always start with keeping your blades well lubricated. Not only will this improve the efficiency when cutting, but it will keep them sharper for longer. We recommend applying Blade Oil at the start of each day. If your clipper is getting a lot of use, you could also apply throughout the day. Find out how to apply Blade Oil here.
At the end of a busy day, it’s a good idea to thoroughly clean your blades. First by removing any hair with a brush and then applying a spray of Blade Ice. This will blast out any hidden dirt and debris from under the blade. To disinfect the blade, spray with Clipper Hygiene Spray. As a final step, apply a few drops of blade oil to replenish the lubrication and help to resist corrosion.
Storing Your Tools
Your tools stand a better chance of lasting longer if you store them safely after each use. Try to avoid any chance that your clipper or trimmer will roll off the table by keeping them on a rubberised Tool Mat. This provides a grippy surface to lay your tools on whilst your using them and it will prevent any bumps and scratches. After you’ve finished using your tools, keep everything together neatly in a Tool Carry. This will ensure you don’t lose any components or accessories and it’s ideal if you ever need to transport your toolkit.