How to Sharpen Dog Nail Clippers?
Regular grooming of dogs is very important. By clipping off their nails, you can prevent infection and offer them comfort. For easy clipping of nails, you need to have a sharp dog nail clipper. If the blades are blunt, they will not clip the nails. Also, blunt blades are not safe to use and can lead to infections and accidents. For this, you will have to sharpen the dog nail clipper from time to time. Here are all you need to know about sharpening dog nail clippers.
Getting the Right Sharpening Tool
You will have to note that there are many types of dog nail clippers. Scissors type and guillotine type are two of the most common types of dog nail clippers. All nail clippers require different tools for sharpening. Some of the common sharpening tools are sharpening stone, diamond tapered rod, grinding stone, and ceramic rod. With a grinding stone, there will be effective performance.
When to Sharpen the Blades
When the blades start to show signs of non-functioning, it is an indication that the blades have become blunt. However, do keep in mind that you need to replace the blades if it is damaged. Even dog nail clippers need replacement as it comes with a lifetime. If the blades have become blunt, you can easily sharpen it and make it perform like a new dog nail clipper.
Starting with Dismantling
Dismantling the dog nail clipper is the first step before you begin to sharpen the blades. Dismantling is an easy task and lets you separate the blades from the clipper. However, if it comes with a fixed blade, you can start sharpening. In some cases, clippers can come in an actuating lever design. In that case, you will have to remove the lever. Do it by pressing the two parts with the help of pliers. This will enable you to separate the clipper blades.
Cleaning the Blade
Once you are done dismantling the clipper, the next step will be to clean the blades. It helps to remove any kind of debris making it non-functioning. You can always clean it with soap and water. Cleaning the blade also makes sure there will be perfect sharpening. It lets you sharpen on all sides.
The Sharpening Task
After cleaning, you can select the appropriate sharpening tool and start to sharpen. Hold the tool appropriately as well as the blade. Try to sharpen one side first and then proceed on all sides. If you are satisfied with the results, you can begin with the other blade. After sharpening, it is important that you clean the blades to remove any residue.
The Final Task
The next step will be to reassemble the blades. Do it carefully and see if you have attached it firmly with the dog nail clipper. Now you can give it a try by confirming if it has become harp. Try to cut anything and check its sharpness. If it works well, you are ready to use it on your pet. However, if it is struggling, you need to resharpen it again until it works well.