Up keep in the pet grooming shop!


Up keep in the grooming shop.

Here are a list of things that can be done in the grooming shop to keep your equipment running at it’s best.

1. Hair removal. Once every couple of days you should clean the hair out of the air ports on Oster clippers. If you have a vacuum or a air hose, this will do the
job nicely. To get under the switch cap you may need to take it off with a phillips screwdriver.

Andis clippers don’t have any air vent and don’t collect the hair like an Oster clipper. Hair buildup in your clipper will make it run hot and wear out parts
quicker.

On your clipper blades you should remove hair at least once a day. Hair gets built up in between the comb and the cutter blades. When to much hair gets in
between the blades it will release the tension on your clipper blade. Thus your blades will stop cutting. One can quickly do this with an air hose or vacuum.
Or you can slide the cutter to on side and clean with a tooth brush. At this time it would be good to clean in between the teeth of both comb and cutter blades.
I get a lot of blades that are not cleaned in between the teeth. When the teeth get clogged with hair and debree from animals the clipper blade will drag through
the hair or stop cutting.

2. Clipper inspection. One of the biggest things to keep an eye on with your clippers is your blade drive. This is the plastic piece that engages with your clipper
blade. Once a week clean out around this area. Then see if the blade drive has any loose play. Grab the end with 2 fingers and see if it feels loose. On a oster
clipper you have 3 moving part from your motor to your clipper blade. If you feel a lot of loose play you need to replace at least your link & Lever. When you have
loose play it will make your clipper blade seem dull, because it doesn’t allow the cutter blade to make a clean cut.

On a Andis clipper it is a little harder to tell. The best way to know is if the clipper suddenly stops cutting with all blades. Replace the blade drive. Keep this
area clean of hair as well. Also make sure it is dry. Point 3 below will cover this.

Another tip on clippers is to keep the end of the cord by the clipper as straight as possible. Many clippers start cutting in and out. This is caused by the end of
the cord being bent back and forth. The wires inside will eventually break, even though there is a thick rubber gomlet on the end.

3.Oiling clipper blades. Many groomers use cool lube as a replacement for oiling their blades or for cleaning there blades. They will run the blade in a dish of cool
lube to clean or spray on to cool them down. Cooling sprays do nothing for oiling a clipper blade. The cooling sprays are bad for your clipper blades and your clippers.
They dry out your blade guides on your clipper blade. On your clipper they go up into your clipper and thin out your grease and short out electrical parts. I have
received clippers that the whole clipper inside is wet with cooling lube. Needless to say just about the whole clipper was shorted out.

I would only oil a clipper blade. When a blade gets hot change it out for another one. Lay it on a aluminum table. Switching out blades will lengthen the life of your
blades. I would oil every time you start using them after they cool down. When a blade is run hot the metals expand and will make the blade not cut right.

When you are done each day with your blades I would make sure your clipper blades are clean and dry. Any moisture on a blade will cause rust. Rust causes pits in your
cutting surface of your blades. This leads to a blade that will grab the hair. Clipper blades should always be stored indoors. Humidity will cause clipper blades to rust.

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