Facility Management, Pet Care Basics
Pet Clipper Care and Blade Maintenance
June 28, 2022
How can I make my dog clippers work better? Dog clipper maintenance is important to keep your dog’s clipper and blade running smoothly. A little TLC for your pet clipper and blade will save you time and money in the long run.
How Do You Maintain Dog Clippers
Unplug and Clean
Unplug your clipper, then clean and remove hair from all vents and places where hair can become trapped.
Inspect and Replace
When it comes to dog clipper maintenance, there are three main components to check:
- The lever/blade drive assembly causes the blade to move back and forth to create the cutting action. When the lever/blade drive assembly is worn, it is time for a replacement.
- The motor carbon brushes are located on the lower portion of the clipper housing. If your clipper begins to run slower than usual, check the brushes for wear. Since each clipper is different, refer to the owners manual as to when it is recommended to replace the brushes. Some recommend when clipper brushes are worn to half their original length it is time for replacement, but it is always best to follow the owners manual instructions.
- If the clipper blades seem to be loose or release during cutting, the latch may need to be replaced.
Clipper Blade Maintenance
Remove and Examine
Since each pet clipper brand is slightly different when it comes to removing the blade, you’ll want to refer to your owners manual to learn how to properly remove the blade on your clipper. In many cases you can simply place your thumb on the blade latch release, push in, then remove the blade from the latch. But again, refer to your owners guide to confirm how to properly remove your blade so you don’t end up damaging the clipper or the blade. After the blade is removed, examine the blade socket and rail guide for wear and inspect the cutter and comb for proper alignment.
How to Clean Dog Clipper Blades
When cleaning dog clippers, first remove excess dirt and hair with a bristle brush. Submerge only the clipper blade in a bowl of blade wash solution, reattach the blade to the clipper and run the dog clipper for five to eight seconds. Remove the blade from the clipper and lay on a towel to dry.
Disinfecting Dog Clippers and Blades
Once dry, hold the clipper blade side down and spray with a disinfecting spray.
How to Oil Dog Clippers
Place 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.
Dog Clipper Blade Sharpening
Grabbing or pulling the coat, excess wear or poor alignment indicate that the blade is dull and needs sharpening. For clipper and blade reconditioning and sharpening, consult the manufacturer for authorized service center locations.
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Written by: Shelley Hexom
Shelley Hexom is Revival's Content Manager and helps develop educational pet health resources. A three-time Emmy® Award-winning news anchor, Shelley works with Revival's Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Marty Greer, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, to help create useful and easy-to-understand articles, videos, and webinars. Shelley received her bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Winona State University in 2002. As a pet owner, Shelley enjoys time with her Boxer mix, Sally. Shelley has been part of the Revival Paw Squad since 2016.