Grooming your own pets gives you control over the style and cut, and bonding time with your furry friends. A little dog clipper maintenance can go a long way to make the grooming process easier and more comfortable for both of you. In this video, Shelley and Beth share tips on getting ready for your grooming session. We’ve also included helpful links in the following transcript.
Keeping Your Clipper Blade Sharp and Clean
SHELLEY: Tired of a dull clipper blade that pulls your dog’s hair? Or maybe the blade smells and has a lot of fur buildup? We are sharing tips on how to keep your clipper blade sharp, and we’ll talk about what the best way is to clean a clipper and keep it cool running. I’m Shelley with Revival Animal Health and this is Beth, a Revival Customer Care Pro and a former hairdresser. Beth, you know a lot about clippers because whether they are used on dogs or people, clippers and blades need to be cared for in order to stay sharp.
BETH: Yes, clippers and blades are expensive, so you want to take care of them so they last. When properly taken care of dog clipper blades can last a long time. If you’re finding your blades are getting dull too quickly, you may want to look into what is causing your blade to become dull.
SHELLEY: Yes, and one big reason that blades dull quickly is when they are used to groom a dirty dog.
BETH: Believe it or not, starting with a clean animal will help keep your blade sharper longer. So before even turning the clipper on, give your dog a bath using a pet safe shampoo such as Vet Basics Oatmeal Protein Shampoo. Then completely dry it before starting. Also, give the dog a good brushing first. There are times when you are not able to brush through mats so do the best you can to not make it a bad experience for the dog.
SHELLEY: So you’ve got a clean and brushed dog, what else can you do to make sure the blade stays sharp?
BETH: You’ll want to make sure you have the proper blade setting for the type of dog you are about to groom. Not using the proper blade can cause it to dull faster and just makes the whole grooming process a lot more difficult than it needs to be. Have an idea of what you want your dog to look like when you’re done, and choose the best blade for that look. Learn what each blade is for. For example, a 40 blade is at the skin, meanwhile, If you’re looking to leave the hair longer you’ll want something like a 4 or add an attachment to the blade. Keep in mind it is always better to start long. You can always go short, but you can’t make short hair any longer. Just remember though, not all blades fit every clipper so make sure the blades you get fit your clipper.
BETH: Yes, Many people don’t choose the right blade then end up having more troubles, so take a little time and do your clipper blade research. Just like human hair, dog hair comes in lots of textures and lengths so make sure you have the proper blade. If you’re grooming a breed that has a heavy coat such as a Collie, Alaskan Malamute, Bernese Mountain Dog, be aware that they also have a built in cooling system so it can cause more harm than good to clip them so you’ll want to keep that in mind. If you have a dog with a built-in cooling system, you might want to consider using scissors. You can still make it shorter but will protect the built in cooling system and their skin. And remember dogs can get sunburned if you clip their fur too short.
Dog Clipper Maintenance
SHELLEY: Now once you are done grooming, what do you suggest for cleaning a clipper and the blade so it’s ready for next time.
BETH: I recommend always using a blade cleaner such as ProVet Logic Groomers’ Tool Sanitizer. This is great for cleaning clippers and blades because it not only cleans, but it also kills most bacteria and viruses found in animal facilities including canine parainfluenza virus, ringworm and E.coli. If you are using this clipper on multiple animals, you don’t want to accidentally pass something onto other dogs.
SHELLEY: Great point to keep in mind. Now what if you notice your blade is starting to smell or has a lot of fur build up?
BETH: I recommend the Andis Cool Care Plus because that lubricates the blade, removes hair and buildup and also deodorizes the blade. It is also a rust preventer. I use this on my clippers at home. Remember, blades need to be cleaned after every use to help keep them cool running, so you want to make sure you have something that cleans, but also lubricates as well.
Dull Blades-Sharpen or Replace?
SHELLEY: Great tips. Now what are signs a blade is dull and is there a safe and effective way to sharpen a blade or is it best to just get a new blade at that point?
BETH: Yes, dull blades are not helpful. When blades are dull they pull hair and that hurts your dog. The biggest sign of a dull blade is that it pulls hair and causes the grooming experience to be unenjoyable. If the blade is dull, I recommend purchasing a new blade. If you prefer to sharpen your current blade instead of buying a new one, depending where you live, you can usually google and find a place near where you live that will sharpen them for you locally.
SHELLEY: Make sure to check out our Learning Center at Revival Animal.com for more grooming tips and of course check out our clipper blade chart! And if you’re still not sure which blade and clipper to get, call our Pet Care Pros, they will listen to what you need and help you choose the best clipper and blade for your pet!