Starting a new dog grooming business? The Essential Products Guide for Dog Groomers

Congratulations on starting your new grooming business. Exciting times ahead! Whether it’s in your garage or spare room, if you’ll be a mobile groomer, or you have your very own retail premises, this guide covers the essential grooming products every new groomer needs.


We cover every main grooming products category, including tips for what to watch out for, how to compare products, and our own AllGroom best selling grooming products to help you make your list to get you set-up for success.  

 

Dog Grooming Bath / Tubs

MATERIALS & TUB CARE 

A grooming bath tub made of either stainless steel or moulded plastic are both popular options. You'll want a material designed to be long lasting and easy to clean to cope with frequent use. Note even stainless steel must be cleaned regularly to avoid soap scum, mould or rust (stainless steel is rust resistant, not rust proof).

The concentrated Fidos Cleaner - for baths, kennels, floors, tools and toilets - is great for tubs (and surfaces in general), and smells lovely too. That comes in both 5L and 20L sizes.


ACCESSORIES TUBS COME WITH 

Not all tubs come with ramps or stairs, taps or other fittings, so always check the description and photos before you buy.

AllGroom’s Stainless Steel Tub does come with stairs and all fittings included (shower head, hoses etc). We have 3 plastic tubs, with the 2 larger Moulded Tubs the most popular for professionals. Our moulded tubs in Blue and Purple come with a ramp included for bigger dogs.

Keep in mind tubs without splashbacks don’t usually come with shower fittings included, because you typically plumb your taps and shower head to the wall near where you plan to locate your tub (they don’t need to go through the splashback). Most tubs should come with a small dog platform included, to lift little guys up, but again - do check the product description (ours do include them).


Dog Grooming Tables


SIZE & TYPE > Table lengths over 1 metre are the most popular if you're grooming all sizes of dogs. If electricity is an issue, consider hydraulic grooming table, however electric lift grooming tables are the more popular choice. 

A foldable adjustable grooming table makes a good back-up but can be used as a main table. They fold away when not needed, are handy for small and medium dogs, suit limited space, and are a clever way to temporarily create an extra surface when needed for putting dryers and tools on beside your main table.

With foldable legs, they don’t have the same maximum weight load as electric and hydraulic tables do for the big guys (max weight is usually around 50kgs for foldable, but usually 100kgs+ for electric and hydraulic tables). Keep in mind if you decide on foldable, that they come in both adjustable and fixed height. 

If you’re extra busy, over summer for example, and have another groomer assist temporarily, foldables also give you an extra table on-demand. Whatever type of table you choose, they usually come with a grooming arm and grooming loop included (but do check the product description).


TABLE HEIGHT RANGE > Newer models now come in extra low options. Standard electric and hydraulic tables go down to around 40cms to 50cms (you can use your tub stairs or tub ramp to avoid lifting the big guys, or dogs who can’t jump up), but newer models currently go as low as 22cms, also called a ‘step up table’, with no lifting, stairs or ramp needed. Maximum heights for grooming tables don’t vary as much as the lowest heights do, but every table description on AllGroom tells you all the measurements.


HYDRAULIC vs ELECTRIC > Both our hydraulic grooming tables and electric tables are designed for professional use. An electric table requires electricity (you’ll need to plug it in), and use an electric motor to smoothly adjust table height up and down, by pressing a foot pedal or a touch-pad.

Hydraulic tables use a pump action, not a motor, so use the body as leverage to change the height, usually done with a foot pump. They don't require electricity. Hydraulic tables increase the height gently ‘pump by pump’ rather than in one even movement when going up, but both hydraulic and electric have smooth, even motion when reducing the height back down. Without a motor, hydraulic tables typically have a longer lifetime than electric tables.


LEG FRAMES > A grooming table’s leg frame design can impact the use of a grooming stool. If you know you'll want to sit on a stool to groom, look for a table with a frame that leaves the floor relatively free. Consider a vertical lift table or Z frame for example.

Some tables have built-in wheels to easily move them without assistance. Most don’t have wheels, however moving big tables is an easy two-person lift. Extra stable tables tend to have more substantial leg frames, typically square, sometimes with built-in wheels as they also tend to be a bit heavier.


TABLE MAINTENANCE & CARE > Look after your table well to extend its lifetime. Poor care can significantly shorten a table’s life, especially for electric models (motors, water and fur don’t mix – same with clippers and dryers). At the end of every day, blow or brush all fur off the table-top, wipe it clean and dry it. Take extra care to blow or brush out fur from under and around table legs, the motor and pedals, especially around any moving parts to reduce the fur entering the mechanics.

Wipe and keep the table dry to avoid rust or stains, paying attention to any stainless-steel parts such as the grooming arm (stainless steel is rust resistant, not rust proof). For hydraulic tables, return them to their lowest position at the end of every day, or when being stored for longer periods.


Dog Dryers


TYPES > A typical grooming business runs 2 dog dryers, a fluff dryer (also called a finishing dryer or stand dryer), and a velocity dryer (also called a blower or blaster). If you only want 1 though, and if you mainly groom smaller dogs, then you can get away with just a fluff dryer, but you’ll ideally still want a back-up dryer in case this essential needs to be sent away for repair or servicing.


VELOCITY vs FLUFF > Velocity dryers will usually have two motors and are used for extremely fast dry time for all dogs, quite literally blasting the water off the coat, especially handy for thicker coats, for bigger dogs, and also used for blowing out coat (used on wet or dry coats), for high-shed and spitz breeds. Air speed is adjustable from mid to high range.

Fluff or finishing dryers are mid to low range, single motor dryers, so can be turned down to a lower speed than a velocity dryer, and don’t go up as high as a velocity dryer. Fluff dryers are popular for using hands-free for line brushing and straightening the coat, for drying toy and small dogs, for puppies and for air-pressure or noise-sensitive dogs.

Our grooming dryers guide compares all our models to help you decide.

Putting a Happy Hoodie on any dog when using a dryer is highly recommended, both for protecting sensitive ears from noise, and preventing air entering the ear canal. They assist with anxiety also (you’ll normally want at least 2 sets of 1 small and 1 large hoodie, so when one’s drying the other can be in use).


DRYER CARE & MAINTENANCE > Prices are a lot better than they used to be for dryers, but even though they’re less expensive now, regular maintenance is still recommended to extend their lifetime.

Remove and thoroughly clean the dryer filter at least weekly, if not daily, to prevent fur making its way into the motor. Like most appliances, dryers have carbon brushes. Made of carbon, they wear down over time, which is how the brushes pass electricity to the motor.

Dryer brushes average 300 to 600 hours depending on the model and speeds you use most often. The motor will stop when the brushes have entirely worn out. Brushes are usually replaced by an appliance repairer or electrician, or you can DIY. Once replaced, the motor will go again.

Carbon brushes tend to wear out at the worse time (Murphy’s Law!), so when you’re getting up over 200 hours it’s smart to keep a set of spare brushes on hand just in case, especially during the busy season over summer if you don’t have a back-up!


MODELS > The Shernbao Typhoon and Vortex Dual Pro are the current best sellers in velocity dryers. The Shernbao Super Cyclone in Turquoise or Dusky Rose, and Vortex 5 in Purple and Candy Pink are the current best sellers in fluff dryers.

The Typhoon and Dual Pro are dual-motor dryers, both with heaters, but the Dual Pro comes with a stand and the Typhoon doesn’t (note stands are on the way that will fit the Typhoon, so do check with us before you buy).

The Vortex 5 comes either as a set with a stand, or just the dryer by itself. The Shernbao Super Cyclone is available with a stand, or the dryer by itself, or you can buy the stand separately later (note you can’t currently buy the Vortex 5 stands separately). See more about stands below.

To compare these 4 best selling models, and check other models that are available in dryers, use the grooming dryers guide.


HEATER & BLOW FORCE > Unlike human hairdryers, dog dryer heaters don’t get ‘hot’ as such. It’s the air force not the heat that’s doing the drying. Make sure to take ambient air temperature into account. When using with the heater on in summer, if the ambient temperature’s already hot, you could risk burning or over-heating the dog. If already a comfortable air temperature, dryers are best used with the heater off. Keep in mind the motor also gets warmer the longer you run it, so that adds to the temperature coming out.

Most models of dryers have an on / off switch for heat, but the Vortex 5 in Purple and Candy Pink offers independent heat control with 5 heat settings, so you can turn the speed down and the heat up for example to help straighten the coat better while line brushing, and for lay flat coats (still take care though, overheating can cause burns or breathing issues for dogs which can be fatal).

The Shernbao dryer models have the more traditional on / off heat switch. Air force and speed are adjustable. Some dryers have preset levels, usually 2 or 5 speeds to choose from (like the Vortex 5). Other models (like Shernbao), have a fully adjustable speed dial, so give the user more control over air speed and pressure. With similar use, we find the carbon brushes in a Shernbao tend to last longer than the Vortex, but we do have replacement brushes for both available.


DRYER ACCESSORIES > All dryers come with a flexible hose and set of nozzles included. You can buy replacement hoses and nozzles separately also for most of the models we sell. You'll find those under Dryers > Accessories. 

A dryer bought as a set with a stand, will come with a rigid hose for hands-free drying. Stands bought by themselves also come with a rigid hose included. Dryers bought by themselves come with a flexible hose only.

In some models you can buy the rigid hose separately by itself, so if you want hands-free drying but you don’t want a stand, check first that you can buy a rigid hose by itself for the model you’re considering. Dryer accessories are not universal, so Shernbao accessories only fit Shernbao dryers, and Vortex accessories only fit Vortex dryers.

Note that stands and wall brackets are not universal, the Shernbao stand for example fits 4 of the 6 Shernbao models. Their wall bracket fits 3 models. You can also buy flexible arm clamps that attach to your table and hold a flexible hose still for hands-free use when you don’t have a rigid hose.


DRYER STANDS > It’s best to decide if a stand is required before you buy your dryer, even if you don’t want a stand till later. Some models only come with stands as a set (the Vortex 5 and Vortex Dual Pro for example), so you need to buy them as a set, others you can buy the stand separately to the dryer, now or later (4 Shernbao models have the option of a stand available separately).

Some models don’t come with stands at all, either as a set or separately (like the Shernbao Typhoon - but that a stand for Typhoon should be available soon), so you would wall-mount them or put them on your table or stool when in use. Some models have wall brackets available (3 Shernbao models do). Keep in mind that dryer stands only fit certain dryer models, stands like other dryer accessories are not universal.


Professional Dog Clippers

LEVELS > Clippers roughly fall in to 4 levels: light use, medium duty, heavy duty and super duty. For full body clipping, for all coat types, for matted coats, and for professional daily use, only super duty is recommended, whether corded or cordless. Most groomers own 2 pairs of clippers, one as their main clippers, one as their back-up should anything go wrong. 


SPEED > A multi-speed clipper is the more popular type, using lower speeds to slow down blade heat-up, for general use, and for delicate or thinner areas of coat, saving higher speeds for difficult areas and very thick coats (note always using any clipper on the highest speed will increase blade heat-up). Multi-speed clippers come in both the traditional 2 speed (more models), or newer 5 speed models (fewer models but newer tech).

5 speed models include the Andis Excel 5 corded (in Magenta, Black and Navy), and the Andis Pulse ZR II cordless (in Limited Edition Flora, Galaxy Edition and Black.) Most single speed clippers are rated light to medium duty, but one exception is the Heiniger Saphir cordless (with 2 batteries or 1 battery). It’s a single speed but has the power and torque for difficult coats, rated super duty.

BEST SELLING CLIPPERS > For professional use, current best sellers in corded models are the Andis AGC (brushless), Andis Excel 5, Wahl KM5 and Wahl KM10 (brushless). In cordless, current best sellers are the Heiniger Opal (brushless), Andis Pulse ZR II (5 speed) and Wahl KM Cordless.

Before buying clippers, we recommend checking the reviews comparing all cordless model clippers, and this guide comparing all corded model clippers.


MOTOR > Professional level clippers tend to come in two main motor types, rotary (either sealed or fan-cooled) and brushless. A fan cooled rotary motor tends to be heavier and noisier but costs less, like the Wahl KM2. A sealed rotary motor is lighter and runs quieter, like the Wahl KM5 or older model Andis AGC Super 2 Speed, making them the more popular motor type for professionals.

The newest tech is brushless motors. Brushless clippers offer more power and torque for difficult coats yet are the lightest and quietest. Brushless also have a much longer motor lifetime with less maintenance (no brushes to wear out), and the motor runs cooler.

Two popular brushless corded models are the new Andis AGC Brushless Super 2 Speed in BlackBurgundy and Blue (currently our best-selling corded of all models), and the Wahl KM10. In cordless, have a look at the Heiniger Opal and Andis Excel Cordless.


A5 > Most professional clippers are A5 models (note this does not apply to trimmers). A5 essentially means 'universal'. Any brand of A5 model clipper, fits all brands of standard blades, from blade size 50 to 3, including toe blades.

Universal comb attachments by any brand, fit on size 10 or 30 blades by any brand. All clipper models mentioned so far are A5 models, so you can confidently mix and match brands and accessories.


CORDED vs CORDLESS > When choosing between corded and cordless, some things to consider are Budget: Corded cost about half as much as cordless. Location: Where are your power points? Battery: What’s the cordless battery run-time on a full charge? Does it come with 2 batteries or 1? If it only comes with 1, can you buy extra batteries separately later? How much is a battery by itself? Can you charge 1 battery while using the other (ie: does it have removable batteries)? or does the clipper need to be plugged in to charge it (ie: cordless without removable batteries)? Can you charge the battery at any level of charge, or should you run the battery down first then fully charge it before use? Tip: Lithium-ion batteries can be charged / used at any level. How important is weight? In general, cordless weigh more than corded (but there are exceptions, see the weight tips coming up below).

Keep in mind when deciding, that there are two general types of cordless clippers. One with removable batteries. One where the battery is not removable.

Models with removable batteries either come with two batteries, or you can normally purchase spare batteries later. It's the batteries - rather than the motor - that tend to determine the lifetime of any cordless device (same as phones for example). Cordless models with batteries you cannot remove, usually have to be plugged in but turned off to charge the battery, however do usually give you the back-up of using them corded, should the charge run out mid-clip.

Models with removable batteries usually mean you can have one battery on the charger ready to use, should the battery in use run out of charge mid-clip. Some cordless models have a charge indicator to avoid mid-clip low-battery surprises. The Andis Pulse ZR II and Heiniger Opal both offer that feature.


WEIGHT > Corded clippers typically weigh less than cordless. Compare one of the lightest, professional, A5 model corded - the Andis AGC Brushless Super 2 Speed - which is just 299 grams, to one of the lighter A5 model cordless - the Wahl KM Cordless - which weighs 385 grams. Most cordless clippers average 450 to 500 grams if they have removable batteries (the Wahl KM Cordless does not have a removable battery). Even in corded clippers though, the weight can vary considerably. For example, the Wahl KM2 is corded but weighs 650 grams! In general, when budget allows, most groomers upgrade to cordless.


WARNING > Remember you really should own at least 2 clippers or have a back-up clipper available to borrow at short notice should anything happen to your main clipper, otherwise you can't earn a living. It's really important to have a back-up available for all your essential gear (clippers and dryers being the main two to consider).

Should you need to send your dryer or clippers away for servicing, loan models are not typically provided by repairers, and if you find a fault or defect unexpectedly, having back-up gear available means you can continue to work while it's being repaired. 


Popular Trimmers 


TYPES > Trimmers come in 2 types: Mini and Midi. Mini trimmers are the smallest, lightest and quietest, average a 3cm blade width, and have a fixed length blade. Midi trimmers usually have adjustable blades, around a 4cm blade width, and their size and power is roughly between mini trimmers and full size clippers. Full size clippers have about a 5cm blade width, are A5 models, and you can mix and match blades and comb attachments across brands (trimmers are not A5 models).


USE > Trimmers of both sizes are used for sanitary prep, for delicate or injury prone areas, between paw pads, for the face and genitals etc. They are much easier to get in to difficult or delicate areas, are cordless, and reduce blade wear and tear if you use them instead of your main blades. They are also tolerated better by anxious or sensitive dogs, especially in lighter coated, and thinner skin areas, like the paws, genitals and face, where dogs can be more sensitive to vibration and noise. They give you more accuracy for trimming only what’s needed and are also popular used free-hand for tidying up.


BLADES > Trimmers do not come in A5 models, so they don’t fit standard blades or universal comb attachments. Replacement blades are available for each model, and trimmer blades can vary considerably in price. You’ll typically dull a trimmer blade slower than a clipper blade. Trimmers usually come with their own comb attachments and are popular used free-hand also.

You can sharpen standard steel clipper blades over and over, but trimmer blades are normally replaced when they get dull and typically can’t be sharpened.

A midi clipper normally has an adjustable blade, typically a 5 in 1, sometimes a 4 in 1, meaning they replace 4 or 5 different lengths with 1 blade. A mini clipper normally has a fixed length blade.


BEST-SELLERS > In MIDI trimmers, the Codos CP-9200, and Wahl Creativa are current best sellers. Wahl's Arco is also a top seller but has NiMH batteries, so worth an upgrade to the newer Wahl Creativa which is a 5 in 1 midi with Lithium-ion batteries. Heiniger's Midi size trimmer is also popular,

In MINI trimmers, the superb swiss-made Heiniger Style Mini, the cheap Shernbao Mini, and the reliable Wahl BravMini are all top sellers to consider, however of those 3, the Shernbao isn’t really up to professional use (you’ll see the price reflects that).

Check the cordless trimmers review to help you decide what best matches your needs before you buy.


Dog Clipper Blades

TYPES > Standard blades, also called A5 blades, fit all brands of A5 clippers, so you can mix and match brands. Standard blades come in steel and ceramic, as well as specialist finishes and teeth types for horses, cats and livestock. They also come in ‘T’ or extra wide blades, very popular for horses.

Full-steel blades can be sharpened multiple times. Ceramic blades stay sharper and cooler up to 5 times longer than full-steel blades, but ceramic can’t be sharpened when it does eventually go dull. Trimmer blades are not A5 blades. They just fit the trimmer they were made for. Trimmers blades can’t usually be sharpened. 


LENGTHS > Standard blades come in lengths from under 1mm to over 1cm. A 50 blade for example goes down to 0.2mm and a 3 blade goes up to 19mm. All short blades are FC blades. Blades longer than size 10 come in ST or FC options, meaning Skip Tooth or Finish Cut, but some brands just say F instead of FC (both mean the same). The difference between FC and ST blades

Comb attachments, also called snap-on combs or guides, go from under 3mm to over 3cms. As long as the comb attachments say they are universal, they will fit on any brand of size 10 blade. Most comb attachments also fit on 15 and 30 blades (check the product description or packaging). Using them on a 30 blade is often recommended for professionals (whereas you'll usually see the 10 recommended for beginners / home users). For professional use, stainless steel comb attachments are recommended rather than plastic.


BEST SELLERS > At the minimum, you’ll likely need at least 2 of each popular length blade, so you’ll always have a sharp blade available when one becomes dull or is away for sharpening. The most popular blade lengths are: 10, 15, 30, 7FC, 5FC, 4FC, 4ST, and 3FC.

In steel blades, the Andis UltraEdge, Geib Buttercut and Wahl Competition Series are the most popular brands. In comb attachments, the Wahl Stainless Steel set of 8 are the best seller, and are universal fit.


Oil & Coolant for Dog Clippers

BEST SELLERS > Andis Clipper Oil and Andis Blade Care (a coolant and cleaner in one), are the two top sellers. Wahl’s oil and their Blade X cleaner are popular also, and for Wahl their coolant is a separate product they call Ice. Andis makes their Blade Care in a spray and a dip tub, same formula, different application.

One popular way to use them is the spray used mid-clip for coolant, and the dip used to clean between clients and end-of-day to both clean and sanitise. Remember it’s vital to re-apply a little oil after cleaning each blade before storing them, otherwise they are likely to rust, especially when stored in a humid or warmer environment. 


Popular Brushes & Combs

TYPES > You’ll typically want at least ‘one of everything’ as each type of brush and comb serves a different purpose. On your essentials list is likely to be: Slicker (probably two sizes), pin brush, greyhound grooming comb, poodle grooming comb, nail clippers, nail grinder, deshedding rake and dematting rake.

You might also like stripping and carding knives, grooming gloves, a curry brush, and anti-stat grooming combs. We stock everything listed (and more), so for assistance in best sellers in those categories, just ask. Everything’s listed under Tools on the website. Also check our guide to brushes and combs


Dog Grooming Scissors

TYPES > There are 3 main groups of dog grooming scissors: straight, curved and thinners. Some scissors come with a safety-tip (a rounded, blunt tip for beginners and for injury-prone areas).

Thinners includes 3 types of thinning scissors: thinners, blenders and chunkers. Each have different blades. The traditional thinner has 2 notched blades with finer teeth, close together. The best-selling type of thinners are called blenders, with 1 notched and 1 solid blade, with finer teeth, close together. Chunkers also have 1 notched and 1 solid blade, but the teeth on a chunker are bigger, the spaces are wider between the teeth, and the teeth are often ‘T’ or fish-tail shaped. Chunkers are also called texturisers. See our more detailed guide about the differences between the 3 types of thinners


LEVELS > Scissors come in 4 levels from workhorse and beginner to master groomer / competition level.

Level 1 are the best sellers. They are workhorse scissors for beginners up to experienced groomers used for initial, rough work and block cuts, rather than for finishing - but they do get used as an all-purpose solution when on a budget or less experienced. They are more robust and a bit heavier than higher level scissors, typically with a micro-serrated edge to help ‘hold’ the coat for better feedback for a less experienced user. Their more standard thickness blades make them hardier and better able to withstand knocks and drops.

Level 2 are where finishing scissors start. Lighter, finer and sharper. Usually saved for finishing a groom for beautiful results and a nicer user experience. Typically with screw-tension micro adjustment, more ergonomic offset handles, and shorter shanks so less movement gives more results with less effort.

Level 3 tend to be saved for competitions and the show-ring, used by more experienced groomers, but for scissor enthusiasts who invest in their tools they can of course be your daily scissor. Again, like level 2, you will probably prefer to use level 1’s for the initial work and save your level 3 for finishing. By no means a rule, just a guide. Level 4 scissors aren’t routinely in stock, more something you’d indent order from your scissor supplier on request.


LENGTHS > 4.5" to 6" scissors are popular for close-up work around the eyes and ears, trimming feet, between paw pads etc. Look for a safety tip for extra protection if needed. 6.5" to 7.5" scissors are popular for trimming a variety of breeds, especially small and medium breeds. 8" to 9" scissors are popular for body scissors for all breeds, also for larger breeds, and for finishing on all breeds.

Safety tip scissors come in a range of sizes, popular for delicate areas such as paw pads, the groin and around the eyes, mouth and ears to guard against accidental injury. Smaller sizes tend to be more popular in safety tip scissors (also called ball tip), for close-up work on injury-prone areas.

Curved blade scissors follow the natural contours of the dog, for angulation and for rounded heads. Very popular for the 'teddy bear' look. Some are more curved than others.


BEST SELLERS BY RANGE > A popular place to start is the Geib Gator which you can buy in a kit or separately. They are a Level 1 workhorse scissor. The 8.5” kit includes the most popular length of straight (8.5”), curved (8.5”), and the best-selling 6.5” thinner all in one set. 

The Witte Roseline range made of German steel are also popular Level 1’s. High Level 1 to Level 2 best sellers include Black Pearl, and the Geib Kiss range: the Kiss Blue, Kiss Pink and Kiss Rainbow. Our website includes reviews comparing each range (in the Help section under Scissors), shows you the difference between the types of handles, offset and symmetrical, and more.


BEST SELLERS BY LENGTH > In thinning scissors, shorter (6.5”) with a higher-tooth count (40+) blenders are the most popular purchased, followed closely by longer chunkers (8.5”) with fewer teeth (20+). In straight scissors: 8” to 8.5” are the most popular lengths, or in safety tip straight, shorter (5.5” to 6.5”) are more popular. In curved scissors: 8.5” are the most popular, and in safety tip curved 5.5” to 6.5” are the most popular.


Dog Shampoo, Conditioner & Treatments

RANGES > Typically you’ll want a decent range on hand for every-day versus specialised needs. Including: an every-day / frequent use shampoo – an every-day use conditioner, ideally one you can dilute to suit the amount of conditioning the coat needs.

Then in specialist shampoo and treatments: Shampoo for specific coat types and skin conditions including - Whitening shampoo - Deshed shampoo - Flea shampoo - Oily coat / dirty coat shampoo – Detangler - Tear stain remover – Ear cleaner (and more). With so many shampoo ranges these days, there’s something for every need. That just covers the basics.

The main ranges we carry are Pro-Groom, Bio-Groom, Amazonia, Fidos and Tydee. Colognes give a finishing touch, with everything from perfume scents, to florals (freesia and honeysuckle are top sellers).

 


DILUTION > No matter what shampoo and conditioner you are diluting, it’s best to mix fresh for the day ahead and dispose of unused diluted product end-of-day, especially in summer when hotter air temperatures means the bacteria in water grows faster. As a general rule, pre-diluted shampoo should be used within 24 hours in summer and 48 hours in winter to avoid it spoiling.

Diluting offers significant savings. A 16:1 dilution rate (common with many Bio-Groom formulas), means 1 cup of shampoo makes almost a gallon (3.8 litres) of product. Bio-Groom EconoGroom (in 3.8L and 9.47L) can be diluted up to 50:1! In 16:1 dilution, 1 litre of shampoo makes 17 litres total product. If that 1 litre cost you $10, using it diluted instead of straight saves you $160.


What next?

This isn’t every product, just the essentials. We’re always happy to help with anything else – and there are no silly questions! We’ve helped many groomers over the years with their set-up orders, and we know kiwi groomer’s favourites that they buy over-and-over. If you need a hand, just ask.


Email support@allgroom.co.nz or use live chat on our website (the Help section is packed full of advice also) or call toll-free 0800 ALL GROOM (0800 255 476)