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Pet Clipper and Blade Maintenance

Now that you have made the investment of a professional quality clipper, you need to know how to operate and maintain them for optimal performance and longevity.


Routine clipper maintenance will keep your clippers operating at their best. Always begin your clipper maintenance with your clipper’s cord unplugged.

Your clipper uses either a lever or blade drive assembly. This component causes the blade to move back and forth to create the cutting action. When worn, the clipper blade does not achieve a full sweep, so cutting efficiency is affected. Regular inspections and replacement of worn parts is vital. If clipper blades seem to be loose or releases during cutting, the latch may need replacing as well.

Some clipper motors use carbon brushes, which are normally located on either side of the lower portion of the clipper housing. These brushes are a vital part of the motor and another area that requires regular inspection. If your clipper begins to run slower than usual, check the brushes for wear. Replace both brushes when worn to half their original length. This is an inexpensive but important step to maintaining your clippers.

As part of your routine check, clean and remove hair from all vents and places where hair can become trapped.


First remove the blade by placing your thumb on the blade latch release and push in.

Then remove the blade from the latch.
Blades are a primary part of the clipper, and like clippers they require a little care. Proper blade maintenance includes cleaning, oiling and sharpening. Excess fur and dirt commonly build up on the blade; therefore, a blade should be cleaned after every use.

Get in the habit of disinfecting and oiling your blades after every use. Over a paper towel - hold the clipper, blade side down, spray with a disinfecting spray followed with a few drops of clipper oil between the upper and lower blades while the motor is running. As it is running, the excess oil and hair will run off the clipper blade. Turn off the clipper and dab the blade with a paper towel or dry cloth.

For a thorough cleaning, start by removing excess dirt and hair with a bristle brush. Next, submerge only the clipper blade in a glass or metal bowl of blade wash solution and run the clipper for 5-8 seconds. Remove the blade from the clipper and lay on a towel to dry out. Once it is dry, place a few drops of clipper oil on the blade rails to lubricate the blade for the next use.

Clipper blades produce friction while in operation. This can cause the clipper blade to heat up. There are sprays available that are designed to keep the temperature down while using the clipper. These cooling sprays can help keep the grooming experience favorable for your pet.

Each time you perform routine maintenance on your blades, examine the condition of the blade socket and rail guide for wear and inspect the cutter and comb for proper alignment. Excess wear or poor alignment will indicate that it is time to sharpen the blade. Additionally, a blade that is grabbing or pulling the coat is another indication that the blade is dull and needs sharpening. For clipper and blade reconditioning and sharpening, consult the Manufacturer for Authorized Service Center locations.

If you need help, call us at 1-800-786-4751.

-The Revival Education Team

The materials, information and answers provided through this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of your personal veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian for answers to specific medical questions, including diagnosis, treatment, therapy or medical attention.

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