Caring for a glass file
Keeping a glass file in perfect working order is not a science. You do not need to clean the glass file after each use.
Keeping a glass file in perfect working order is not a science. You do not need to clean the glass file after each use. The surface of the glass file is made up of microscopic indentations, which become clogged with use during nail treatment. You won’t dull our files, but they can become clogged with the scraps of your nails. The glass file then loses its effectiveness.
The easiest way to clean a glass file will not take you even a minute. You will not need any special tools for this, a sink with running warm water will suffice. Place the file under running water and rub lightly with the tips of your fingers until all dirt is washed away. Then you let the file dry and it is as good as new. This washing method is gentle enough on all types of glass files. You don’t have to worry that your paint will run or that you will damage your decoration. For more detailed cleaning, you can also use an old soft toothbrush.
You can also disinfect files with boiling water.
Would you like to clean the glass file really thoroughly? Get rid of bacteria that has settled on it during use? We have a simple recipe for you. You can disinfect colored and clear glass files without any problems. We only use high-quality burnt paints that do not peel off in humidity and temperatures around 100 °C. For disinfection, it is sufficient to place a glass file in boiling water for approx. 30 minutes. This will reliably kill all the bacteria clinging to the surface of the glass file.
Sterilization is a more radical method of disinfection, when all viable microorganisms, including spores, are killed. Use the sterilizer only on clear glass files. Clear glass files are made only of glass, and glass as such is non-porous and can easily withstand gases and higher temperatures that can occur during sterilization.
We do not recommend putting the file in the dishwasher, as hot water and especially chemical cleaners could damage the print, hand painting or the crystals could come off if you have a beautiful file with a crystal pattern. The file will not lose its functionality, but certainly its aesthetics.
All that glitters is not gold. There are many glass files on the market, but not every manufacturer focuses on quality and longevity. . Glass files, especially produced in Asian markets, use a different production technology. For the production of the grinding surface, they use the sandblasting method, when grains of sand are fired at the glass at high speed, breaking the surface of the glass. The result looks the same at first glance, but when you zoom in several times, you can see a huge difference. No dimples, no sharp edges. Such a file is already dull from production! When using these types of files, the surface erodes with use, leaving a blunt and ineffective nail file.
Other manufacturers even glue the grinding grain to the glass files. They are basically paper files on a glass base. They have a very short lifespan, because the grains fall off very quickly during use. Paper files are thicker and generally do not provide the comfort of our etched glass files.