Shocked, alarmed and a bit embarrassed was my reaction after cleaning my flatiron. When the Hana styling iron cleaner arrived I decided to give it a try. Wow! Who knew so much could build up on an appliance? I can only imagine what it’s like for a professional using the same styling tool daily, so I asked experts the best way to maintain appliances.
Jane Shan, category manager for Babyliss Professional Irons, recommends that all “irons be cleaned after each use. Once it starts to build up it becomes more difficult to clean.” Conair Pro has a cleaning pad called Kwik Clean Pads designed to clean all irons, including ceramic, titanium, as well as all styling appliances.
“Hairdressers that use irons should use a cleaning device frequently, but make sure the appliance is unplugged and cooled,” she says. Shan also said that after cleaning the appliance should be dried completely before plugging in again to prevent corrosion.
According to Terri Taricco, vice president, marketing for Hot Tools, dryers also must be cleaned frequently. “They don’t normally die from natural causes,” she says. “They choke to death! Filters should be cleaned daily or at a minimum once a week. This will increase the lifespan of the motor.” Taricco points out that the dryer must be unplugged before cleaning and allowed to cool.
“Use a bristle, round or clipper cleaner brush to remove the lint. Also, high velocity dryers take in high volumes of air to put out higher volumes, and must be cleaned more frequently.”