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How to Handle Hair Cutting Tools that Have Been Submerged in Water

Posted by Lauren Simpson on


Here at Kenchii Professional we are saddened by the recent events taking place with Hurricane Harvey. We wanted to provide some information on how to deal with your shears if they have been fully submerged into water.

Shears are stainless steel, however, they are a different type of stainless steel than home appliances. Stainless steel cutlery can oxidize due to a higher concentration of carbon. This information can be valuable to not only scissors but clipper blades as well. Once your tools are fully submerged they will not oxidize initially, the oxidation process begins once they are exposed to oxygen. Listed below are a few steps on how to avoid oxidation on your tools:

Step 1: Dry Thoroughly:

Dry the hair cutting tools with a dry cloth or apply heat with a hairdryer. It is important to address all pivot points, screws, and hardware. This addresses moisture in every aspect of the tools to avoid hardware from seizing due to rust. **ONLY IF YOU ARE KNOWLEDGEABLE on how to disassemble and reassemble your hair cutting tools you can disassemble them completely. ** However, if you are not knowledgeable on how to reassemble your tools you can still thoroughly dry them to the best of your ability. Once your shears and blades have been thoroughly dried reassemble them for the next step.

Step 2: Oil

Promptly oil your shears with a light-weight machine oil in all pivot points and the length of the blade. Once that is complete the tools need to be stored properly.

Step 3: Store Properly

The tools need to be stored in breathable material such as a leather case or cloth. Be sure not to store in plastic sleeves or plastic boxes because moister can be retained.

                            **Any surface rust that does appear later can possibly be polished out. **

We hope these steps can help you retain your hair cutting tools. If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call at 770-429-0246 or email us at

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