How To Clean & Disinfect Nail Files | Step by step instructions

Here are step by step instructions on how to clean your nail files. Nail files are one tool that should be cleaned often. There's organic materials on there from filing that can grow little nasty things as well as acrylic and gel powders that need to be removed to keep your files in top shape.

A file that is used at home on a regular basis should be cleaned after a few uses and files that are used in a home studio or salon need to be cleaned and disinfected after every customer. Be sure to read up on the guidelines for your area for all health codes. Some areas will only allow single use, while others allow multi use as long as the nail tools are disinfected properly.

This instructional can be followed for high end foam nail files, glass, acrylic and stainless steel nail files. If you are using a low quality cardboard nail file, the glue can come loose so do be aware of that. The purpose of cleaning your nail files is to disinfect them and to get all of the little bits out of the crevasses.


To Clean Nail Files You Will Need:

1. Medium bowl

2. Castile liquid soap  Dr. Bronner's on Amazon

3. Toothbrush or bristle scrub brush Natural Brushes on Amazon

4. 70% isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle Isopropyl Alcohol on Amazon

5. Paper towel or cotton hand towels

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How To Clean Nail Files Instructions

Before cleaning your nail files, check them over to make sure there is no mold or fungus growing on your files. If there is, do not use them or clean them. Invest in a new set.

Step 1: In a medium sized bowl, add 2 cups of warm water. The water should be quite warm so that any little bits will come off the nail file more easily.

Step 2: Add 2tsp. of liquid soap. You can use any kind of liquid soap for this, but if you have antibacterial soap that is even better.

Step 3: Swish the soap around in the water to dissipate evenly.

Step 4. With the dry toothbrush, first go over the nail file on both sides in a circular motion gently buffing out the larger bits.

Step 5: Now, take your toothbrush or scrub brush and dip it into the soapy water.

Step 6. Gently but firmly scrub the nail file in a circular motion with the soapy water. Dip the toothbrush or scrub brush back into the water and go over the nail file again. If your nail file still isn't quite clean enough, repeat a third time. Just be careful if you are cleaning a cardboard or foam file so that the glue doesn't start lifting.

7. Take the paper towel and gently pat the nail files dry.

8. Lay the nail files down onto paper towel or a cotton towel and spray generously with the 70% isopropyl alcohol. Just be sure not to drench the files, just a nice mist that covers fully is sufficient.

9. Turn the nail files over and repeat, spraying them with the isopropyl alcohol.

10. Let your nail files air dry.

It is very important to make sure that the files are completely dry before storing them so they do not grow mold & mildew.


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