How Long Do Nail Files Last?

How long do nail files last?

When you’re choosing a new nail file you will probably wonder “how long do nail files last?” Are there any big differences between the various types of nail files? Is there anything you can do to help your nail file last longer? And when should you expect to be looking for a new one?

So let’s take a look!

How Long do Nail Files Last?

First of all, no nail file is going to last forever. Nail files use friction to rub down your nail and a tiny amount of force is returned to rub the file itself down as well. They are much stronger than nails but they still tend to wear a little after every use. Even if this is negligible, it will accumulate over time, even on metal nail files! 

Read more: Do nail files wear out?

Wear will also depend on the type of nail file. Emery boards, with the rough paper-like finish, won’t last as long as a metal nail file. Some people prefer using them as they can be finer but overall, steel nail files provide the best performance at the best value.

A metal nail file is pretty much always the better bet for sheer durability. Clear Confidence’s metal nail file is stainless steel so it won’t rust and will be long-lasting. It also comes in a pack of three, so you have instant replacements ready to go. There’s nothing really to lose vs emery boards which are quickly losing their appeal when compared to superior metal nail files. 

Wear obviously depends primarily on how much use your nail file is getting. They only wear down a tiny bit each time but still, the more you use it the more often that is. A nail file that gets used a few times a month on the odd rough nail will last much longer than one shared between a family of daily users.

Remember to Clean Your File

Sometimes though, what seems like a worn-out nail file actually just needs a bit of maintenance to get it filing effectively once more. The tiny gaps in the nail file’s surface can get clogged with dust and debris from filing, affecting its performance. Those gaps are important for creating friction and catching the nail – they must remain clear. So if your nail file seems to be losing its abrasiveness then take a closer look at the grooves to see if it simply needs a wash.

Rub it with a towel or flannel under running hot water to remove the build-up and you might end up with a nail file as good as new again rather than one that needs throwing away!

Since Clear Confidence’s metal nail file is made from high-quality stainless steel, it won’t be affected by washing and will remain free from rust and other stains. 

There are a few different answers to “how long do nail files last?” but hopefully now you know a little more about what to expect.

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