We recommend Blade Majik to clean and lubricate. This is a petroleum product that is marketed by many names, such as Naptha and Varsol. Its primary use is as a cleaning solution. It is sold commercially for this purpose in 55-gallon drums to nearly every industry and manufacturing plant that uses machinery. It is also the principal cleaning solution used by dry cleaners. Unlike gasoline, diesel, or kerosene, which vaporises instantly at room temperature, Blade Majik has a very high flash point (the lowest temperature at which a substance produces enough vapour to form a flammable mixture with air) and will not vaporise at room temperature. This property makes it safe to use around electrical motors. An open flame must first be held against the fluid for a length of time in order for it to reach its boiling temperature and vaporise, then burn. It is the gaseous vapours that burn and not the actual fluid.
At the end of every day, you should run the blades in SOME type of cleaning solution. When you are dipping the running blades, it is important to remember not to dip them in the liquid past the vents on the side of the clipper. On the Oster clipper, the vents can be found on the sides and on the Andis or Laube, they are located on the top (although on Laube, especially the most up-to-date ones, they have taken several measures to minimise this). ONLY DIP THE BLADE, never turn the clipper teeth upwards and allow the fluid to penetrate the clipper, and thoroughly dry the blade afterwards. It is important that you dip while the blades are running in order for the back and forth motion of the blades to wash and clean out the very small hairs that may become trapped between the teeth of the cutter and comb.
After this, remove the blades from the clipper, slide the small blade to one side and put one SMALL drop of household oil on both contact surfaces of the large blade (the parts where the two blades touch). Then slide the small blade in the other direction and put one SMALL drop of oil on the contact surfaces of the other side of the large blade. Wipe down and store on any absorbent material to collect any excess oil. If you have problems with oil getting onto your animalís coat, then you are using too much lubricant. It takes only a VERY small drop of oil to lubricate this tiny area. But, IT IS NECESSARY. NEVER run your blades dry.
Oil is necessary for lubrication and the prevention of rust. Lubrication is necessary to prevent heat build-up because of the friction that the blades create from rapidly moving back and forth. You would not run your car without oil. Without lubrication, the blades will get so hot they will actually burn the animal.
We recommend dipping blades while they are running into a large jar that contains Blade Majik for long enough to clean them. You can actually hear the clipper motor speed up when the blades become clean and lubricated. We then blow them off with the blaster, and wipe them down before testing.
Clean lubricated blades will ALWAYS run COOLER than dirty blades.