Clipper and Trimmer Maintenance: What You Need to Know!

Not sure how to take care of your clippers and razors—and make that hefty price tag worthwhile? You're not alone. Many stylists are unaware of the simple, fundamental practices of motor maintenance. But we have your interests at heart, beauty pros. We checked in with Andis International Manager of Education and Style Aileen Nunez, who brought us up to speed on ways to protect your investment and keep your motor going (and going, and going!).

Following simple, maintenance tips can protect your tool investment - so listen up!

as a cleaner, rust preventative, lubricant and coolant for hot blades. Hold the can six inches from the blade surface, spray both sides but don't over saturate blades.

- To maximize the performance, always oil the blades after every use. Drip one drop of clipper oil on each corner of the cutting teeth and at the inside rear corner of the moving blade. Blot excess with a clean rag. Always use clipper-specific oil—not other lubricants, which can be flammable.  

- Blade wash products can also be used to wash away hair buildup and dirt that accumulate on clipper blades. Multi-benefit formulas, such as Andis Blade Care, provide added protection by working as a coolant, cleaner, disinfectant, lubricant and rust preventative. Pour a small amount in the jar lid. With the tool turned off and pointed downward, dip the blade (teeth only)  into the jar lid. Remove. Hold the tool horizontal and run for 30 seconds. This will allow buildup to run out of the blade. Wipe off excess with a clean towel and oil as usual.  


So now you know how to clean your motor... but what if you're in the market for a new one? Nunez took us through the different types of motors, clarifying what each is best suited for. Read on to check it out!


ucing a smoother haircut. Precision built to run quietly and cool, they are perfect for high-volume hair cutting. These maintenance-free motors require no internal oiling and last for years with fewer moving parts to wear out. Since the magnets are controlled by electricity, do not use a converter when traveling abroad unless the tool is dual voltage or you will damage the clipper.  
- Pivot motors, such as the Pivot Pro Trimmer, have a lower blade speed than magnetic motors, but are twice as powerful. Higher cutting power makes it ideal for cutting thick or heavy hair. The slower blade speed offers greater control for the stylist or barber.


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