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Remember It is vital that you clean and sterilise all your tools, equipment and work station after every client. Not only does this look professional for your clients but also ensures that no cross contaminations occur.


Barbicide is the most commonly recognised sanitising solution and is used to clean and disinfect your tools. To dilute the solution concentrate, similar to how you would dilute squash, mix one part Barbicide to eight parts water. The solution needs replacing daily. You can put non-electrical items such as combs, brushes, scissors etc to disinfect regularly. Although these solutions say they will not harm your tools, it is not recommended that you leave them soaking for long periods of time – a minimum of 10 minutes is the effective amount of time.

Remember to clean and sterilise your combs between every customer to prevent cross contamination.



A good quality pair of clippers will save you a lot of time and money. Clippers should be an investment for a barber as they will be in frequent use. Before you make a purchase, spend some time researching what is on the market and find the best one for you. You will need to ensure that your clippers remain in good working order and some basic care and maintenance will keep your clippers performing their best for longer.

Keeping the clippers clean - Check clippers are clean, sanitised and free from any excess hair between every haircut. If necessary, use a cleaning brush to remove any hairs or dirt that are in harder to reach areas. If left unchecked this can cause damage to your clippers. Clipper spray will disinfect the blade as well as prevent rust, wear and tear and also keep your blades cool.

Checking the blades are aligned – You should check the alignment before every haircut. If they become unaligned, they can cut your clients skin which is both painful for your client and very unprofessional. To check the alignment of your clippers, move the taper lever upwards and hold the clippers sideways and look down the length – the static blade should always be over the moving blade about 0.5mm. If not aligned correctly, use a screwdriver to remove the blade and realign. Be careful when you screw the blade back on. make sure you alternate between screws to ensure the blade doesn’t twist. Always remember to regularly visually check to ensure the blades are aligned correctly.



Extra care should be taken using foil shavers as continual close cutting can cause ingrowing hairs which can lead to infection. The foil shavers need to be cleaned throughly after every cut.

These can be sanitised by removing the head clean out debris and place in sanitising solution or spray with sanitising spray.



Clean combs and brushes after each client to remove debris and then place in sanitising solution for 10 minutes.

The cleaning of combs & shaving brushes must be done after every use.

Always clean your shaving brush with warm soapy water and then put it into a UV cabinet to make sure it is completely free of germs and bacteria.


Barber chairs are a key feature of the barber shop, so it is worth the time and investment to ensure the chairs that you purchase are high quality, comfortable and functional. It is important that chairs have a head rest, foot rest, are height adjustable and have a reclining back - these features will ensure maximum comfort for your client and allow you to carry out additional services such as shaving. When shaving or cutting facial hair, the reclining back is needed to ensure your client is positioned correctly for maximum comfort to yourself and your client. Try not to lean over as this can cause back ache; move around the chair where possible. Position your tools for ease of use to make sure you don’t overstretch.​


Remember It is vital that you clean and sterilise all your tools, equipment, chairs and work station after every client. Not only does this look professional for your clients but also ensures that no cross contaminations occur.​ There are many disinfecting sprays are available to clean chairs and headrests between clients.

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