Category: MEN | January 2014

How to Clean Your Clippers

how to clean your clippers

Most of us own a pair of clippers, whether it’s for our facial hair, a quick line up, or anything else. It’s important to keep these clean since a nasty pair of clippers on your face just isn’t a good look. Proper maintenance and cleaning of your clippers will also make sure they last, which means spending less money buying new ones.

Remove the blades

You’ll want to remove the two screws on top of the clippers that hold the head plate down using a phillips screwdriver. Afterward with your fingers remove the head and/or blades from the clippers and separate them.

Removing the hair

Take a thick brush and quick brush off all of the visible hair on the head plate and inside the top of the clipper. There should be a small square hole where most of the hair has bunched together. Clean all of that out. Next place the blades and head in warm water for a few minutes; this allows the smaller hairs that are more difficult to remove to loosen.

Place a little bit of blade cleaning solution, like Oster Blade Wash, on a tooth brush and brush the head and blade until they are completely clean. Pro tip: if you do not have blade cleaning solution a mixture of half water and half white vinegar will work as well.

Dry the head and blade off with a towel and let them air dry for a few minutes.

Oil the blade

Make sure the head and blade are definitely dry then reassemble them with the clippers. Point the clippers downward with the flat of the head facing away from you. With the clippers turned on, put a few drops of hair clipper oil across the top of the blades; do not add too much oil. Unfortunately there’s not really a substitute for clipper oil since it’s a light machine oil; luckily it’s cheap anyway. You also want to avoid any oil dropping back into the clippers.

Once you are done you will have a perfectly clean and well maintained set of clippers. Ideally this should be done after each use of the clippers though you can get away with a little less than that.