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How should scissors be cared for?

Scissors 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 case, 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.

Careful handling

Take care when putting scissors down. The tips can damage easily.

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 you’ll need a service and sharpen. Do not sharpen professional scissors at home. Seek a professional sharpener, or ask other groomers for recommendations.

Oil & Dry

Keep your scissors clean and oiled, using scissor oil. Always oil after cleaning and before storage. Store them somewhere dry. Even the humidity from warm air can damage them, making them rust, discolour or pit.

Cut clean hair

It’s best to avoid cutting dirty hair. Dust, sand or dirt can quickly blunt scissors – imagine it like cutting sandpaper – sometimes as fast as 30 to 60 minutes depending on how dirty the coat is. Always wash, completely dry and brush / comb the coat before cutting, or consider a Level 1 workhorse scissor if you want a durable pair that copes better with cutting a coat before washing.

Do not share

Sharing is caring but not when it comes to scissors! Sharing might be regretted. Even a small change in the way someone else holds and uses your scissors can impact how they cut for you.


It’s important to note that there’s no such thing as a scissor that will NEVER need to be sharpened. All scissors must be sharpened when they get damaged, dull or are nicked.