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Advice on Clipper and Trimmer Maintenance from Andis Professionals

Andis Horse Clippers

Racine, WI –Who is better qualified to give advice on maintenance habits for clippers and trimmers than the people who manufacture them? Andis has been manufacturing hair styling equipment since 1922 and has developed two simple rules for keeping clippers and trimmers delivering the power and performance we all depend on every time we pick them up.

Harry Szczukowski is the National Sales Manager for Andis Professional Products and advises that “the most important preventative maintenance for clippers and trimmers is keeping them cleaned and oiled. When they are operating, the upper blade moves back and forth against the lower blade. It’s metal on metal, and that creates friction, which creates heat. These tools need to be oiled after each use.

“The second good maintenance habit is storing your clipper properly between uses,” continues Szczukowski. “Don’t leave it laying out where it could be knocked off onto the floor. While the housing usually isn’t affected from being dropped, but the teeth on the blades can break. Store your tools properly.

“Andis has the most powerful and smoothest running clippers and trimmers in the industry. We've taken advantage of the latest motor technology available for small hand held styling tools and have designed new maintenance free motors. Keeping the clippers and trimmer blades cleaned and oiled are the only daily maintenance needed with an Andis tool.”

How to oil a clipper or trimmer

Oiling a clipper or trimmer is simple, if you know how to do it properly. The only difficult part is to sustain the discipline to oil them after every use. “Just hold the blade down and put a few drops of oil between the upper and lower blades while the motor is running,” says Nancy McDougal, Materials Supervisor at Andis. “As it’s running, the excess oil and hair will drip off. Then, turn it off and dab the blade with a paper towel or dry cloth. Never turn the blade up while you’re oiling the clipper or trimmer; oil will run into the motor and burn it out. You should also oil it when it’s new, before you ever use it. The oil from the factory sometimes dries out before it is purchased. Give it two nice, good squirts up and down the upper and lower blades.”

McDougal is in charge of repairs at the corporate office for Andis. Every day she sees clippers and trimmers that haven’t been maintained properly. “It’s important to oil the clipper or trimmer after every use,” she emphasizes. “There’s hair, hairspray and gel in the teeth of the blade, and if it’s not cleaned out every time it’s used, the teeth will glue to the upper and lower blades and they won’t move. It’s also more sanitary to clean them after each use.”

Disinfect tools between uses

Another sanitary practice is disinfecting tools between customers. Andis manufactures a blade spray called Cool Care Plus™ that cleans, disinfects and cools down the blades with a quick spray. It’s approved for use in all states. Most states require that a disinfectant to be used on hair cutting tools between each customer in barber shops and hair salons. Nail technicians also use it on their scissors to disinfect them.

Replacing blades

Clipper blades should last a year or longer. “If you use your clipper daily and keep it cleaned and oiled, you might need to change the blade after a year,” notes Szczukowski. “If you don’t use it every day, a blade can last three or four years. If it’s not performing properly, ask, ‘Have I cleaned and oiled the blades?’ The next thing to think about is replacing the blades.”

Sharpening the blades is another option for clippers. “You can sharpen blades several times,” volunteers McDougal. “But once one of the teeth breaks, don’t sharpen it. Just buy a new blade. Customers bring in clipper blades and we sharpen them for $3. But trimmer blades are too costly to sharpen. It’s better to buy a new blade for trimmers.”

Andis has its own service center at its factory in Racine, Wisconsin. There are also 42 authorized repair centers across the United States. All Andis professional products carry a one-year warranty and can be sent in for repair or replacement, depending on the product. Hair dryers and curling irons are usually replaced if there’s a problem within the first year. Clippers and trimmers are most often repaired within the warranty period.

Andis Company has been manufacturing handheld equipment to trim, cut, curl and dry hair since 1922. The company’s products are purchased worldwide by barber and beauty shops, consumers, hotels, motels, resorts, small animal groomers and large animal groomers and shearers. To find a local distributor, call the company at 800-558-9441 or visit their Web site at