How to care for your nail tools

Scissors and sharp tools will last longer, and keep a sharp edge for longer, if you take the appropriate level of care. Although each of us has a preference for how to use our scissors, the essentials for scissor care do not change.

Separate storage

Keep your scissors in their protective box, a scissor case or holder, when not in use. Never store scissors together or touching – each must go in their own compartment. Tips and blades should be carefully protected from damage using the plastic cap provided. Never store them downwards. 

Careful handling

Take care when putting scissors down and during working. The tips can damage easily.  Take care when working with sharp implements and follow HSE guidelines.

Avoid drops

If you drop your scissors you’re best to get them checked by a professional. Even a little damage can get much worse if you keep using them without checking. A drop may mean they need a service and sharpen or it may make them redundant to use.

Take care when cleaning

If you are using a jar to disinfect your tools, you must protect the blade tips by placing a circle of cotton wool in the bottom of the jar.

Keep them dry

Store them somewhere dry. Even the humidity from warm air can damage them, making them rust, discolour or pit. Ensure tools are thoroughly dried after sanitising, disinfecting or sterilising.

Only for intended use

Use different pairs for form tailoring & cuticle work as cutting paper will blunt blades.

Do not share

Sharing is caring but not when it comes to scissors, brushes or tools! Sharing is often regretted. Even a small change in the way someone else holds and uses your scissors can quickly shorten the scissor’s life and make them feel like they never cut the same again for you.