How to help keep your clippers working:
Clipper blades become dull when dirt, grit and dander get in between the cutting surface of the blades. The first thing that can be done to ensure a long lasting sharp blade is to make sure that the hair or fur is clean and dry. This can be challenging especially in animals with a heavy undercoat. It is important to get as much of that debris out if possible. The second thing that can be done is to oil your blade. Most of us don’t oil nearly enough if at all. As a general rule, for every fifteen minutes of clipping time you need to stop and oil. These two things will help increase the life of your blades edge.
How do I oil my Blades?
When you oil a blade you want to get oil on the parts of the blade where there is tension or friction. Looking at the back of the blade you can see where the socket seats are on the cutter blade. One drop of oil will go down into the rails and onto each of the flat surfaces. (the rails, if you turn your clippers so that you can see the two shiny marks where your blades rub across each other those are the rails).
How do I clean my Blades?
Take an old toothbrush and brush the hair out from between the teeth. There are many products that aid in the removal of oils and dirt. The multipurpose sprays, either Andis Cool Care or Kool lube will help clean and care for your blades. These sprays are designed to spray directly onto the blades which allows you to keep working without having to remove the blades, dip or soak them clean. Keep in mind, that even though these products do sometimes say that they include oil they do not replace the actual need for oiling your blades when needed. If you’ve taken the time to take your blades apart to clean, it’s very important to dry and remove any water or solutions. This will help keep rust from showing up during storage. Also, anytime you clean your blades you should oil right after.
How to store Blades?
Make sure that your blades are clean and oiled before putting them in a blade case. If you don’t have a case for each set of blades, use an old dry sock to keep the blades from bumping up against each other. It is not recommended that you keep your blade case in an area with moisture or humidity. Many times they are kept in a tack box in the barn or horse trailer. This could result in rusting. This is the reason to remove any moisture after cleaning.
Can blades be sharpened if they are rusty?
It depends on where the rust occurred and how severe the rust is. Surface rust is easily removed with a wire brush or a fine steel wool pad. Part of your normal clipping procedures is to check for any rust and to buff the surface rust off. Most of the time, this will solve the rust problem and your blades will work just fine. IF the rust has pitted the metal between the teeth or on the cutting surface of the blade, it is possible that it would be determined the blades are ruined.