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Tips for sharpening of the manicure instruments

Product-manager of STALEKS. I'll tell you all about the technical features of the tool.

Modern beauty industry offers many instruments that can make the life of a manicurist easier. The field of manicure has its tricks, and, perhaps, no master will not argue with the fact that professional instruments allow you to do the job faster and with more convenience.
STALEKS, the leading Ukrainian manufacturer of beauty instruments, offers a wide range of products. Our design department is constantly expanding the model range, developing new instruments and changing the configurations and mechanisms of the existing ones, allowing us to provide higher quality service.
Professional instruments help to create beauty, but they also require maintenance. STALEKS shares recommendations regarding the storage and sharpening of instruments so they serve you longer.

Signs that the instrument requires sharpening

Sharpening prolongs the life of manicure instruments significantly, so you should take it seriously. It is unnecessary to take the risk and try to restore the working condition of the instrument on your own. It is advisable to entrust the work to a professional sharpener. To accurately determine the moment when the instrument should be sharpened, pay attention to:
●      Changes in the metal: stains, color change, etc. on the blades and working parts of the instrument
●      Mechanical malfunctions
●      Weakening of the grip
●      Deterioration of the springs
You can check the sharpness of scissors or nippers by cutting through paper or plastic film. A sharp instrument will leave a smooth cut without tearing.

Sharpening of manicure instruments

The accuracy of work depends on the sharpness of manicure tools. The better is the sharpening, the less likely are injuries to the skin or nail plate.
That is why professional sharpening of manicure instruments is fully justified – and it pays off! It is important to deal with the specialized workshops where sharpening is carried out by trained professionals.
A sharpening specialist knows what has to be done with a particular instrument and what the stages of the competent sharpening process are. Each instrument requires a special approach. Sharpening scissors involves adjusting the tension of the blades (this affects the ease and smoothness of the stroke), sharpening, and polishing. The procedure of sharpening the nippers is different – since play is unacceptable in the nippers, the sharpener eliminates the void between the working parts of the instrument. On the other hand, scissors need small play for proper operation, as this contributes to ease of stroke.
Also, springs of the nippers are adjusted so it is easier to pinch. Cuticle nippers have a very peculiar shape, so the blade maintenance requires almost surgical precision.
The sharpener removes dust, dirt, and stains from the instrument surface. An essential stage of the nippers and scissors sharpening is lubrication of working parts with refined oil. This operation has a positive effect on durability and practicality.

Types of manicure instrument sharpening

There are two types of sharpening. The first option is the manual sharpening, sometimes it is referred to as individual sharpening. This variant is considered to be of higher quality, but it entirely depends on the qualification of the specialist. Precision is achieved due to use of the microscope. The magnified image reveals all burrs, notches, and defects of the blades.
Another option is the mechanical sharpening, typically done when manufacturing the instrument. It requires less time and effort, but the quality of work is affected. In general, instruments sharpened in this way lose in durability, and the blades have different sharpening patterns along the entire blade length. The advantage of this technique is that the machine saves time and reduces the chances of damaging the blades.
Both methods have the right to existence and allow you to restore the original sharpness of the instruments, align the cutting elements, get rid of notches and irregularities on the surface that appear in the course of normal use.

Why not sharpen the instrument yourself?

Manicure masters can sharpen the instrument by themselves. But it’s not as easy as it may seem. There is a great risk of damaging the blades, and such consequences can only be corrected by a trained professional.
The work of a specialist will be incomparably different from what you can do on your own. Manual blade sharpening can be considered a real art that requires serious skills. In addition, the professional sharpener can give recommendations for instrument maintenance.

Where can I sharpen instruments?

The best option to restore the blunt instrument is to bring it to a specialist. Professional sharpening is not cheap, but the result justifies itself.
When time to sharpen the manicure instruments comes, many nail masters wonder where it can be done. It is very important to find a professional studio that provides quality services. Professional instrument sharpening is available at STALEKS Shop&Service brand store chain. You will get complete satisfaction after using our professional sharpening services.
STALEKS only uses the manual type of sharpening to maintain the instruments with surgical precision. Instruments by STALEKS PRO remain sharp for a long time to guarantee unmatched comfort of use.

Other factors affecting the quality of work

It is recommended to give preference to the professional instruments. The quality is affected by the material, the type of sharpening, and the design of the instrument. If the tweezers, nippers, nail files, or scissors are made of high-quality medical grade steel, it prevents crumbling and changing the original shape in the sharpening process.
Branded steels will allow you to sterilize the instruments without fear of breaking the mechanism or affecting the sharpness of the blades. Of course, the instrument should be properly stored. To prevent the instruments from coming into contact with each other which results in damage, they must be stored in the case and kept blades up during operation.
The sharpening of an instrument has its service life. Proper care for manicure instruments allows you to maintain them in good condition for a long time. And yet sharpening still remains an important element of the instrument maintenance. After high-quality sharpening instruments cut even with minimal pressure.

How to increase the service life of the instrument?

Adhering to simple guidelines, you can significantly extend the life of the instrument:
1. After each use, you need to clean the instruments.
2. It is not recommended to use water for cleaning, as it can damage the top layer of the material. It is better to use specialized products for disinfection.
3. Antiseptic liquids are well-suited for the job.
4. Keep the instruments dry.
5. Each instrument has its function. It is not recommended to use it for other purposes.
6. Periodically the mechanisms of the instruments need lubrication.
7. Use protective cases for storage of the working instrument. Always ensure that the cutting parts do not come into contact with each other.
8. If you expose tweezers, nippers, and scissors to the disinfectant solution for a long time, it can lead to blunting of the blades.
9. In addition to the cutting part, attention should be paid to the joints where dirt and particles of biological material can accumulate.
10. Sharpening should be carried out by a trained professional.

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