What is a glass nail file?
Glass nail file is in the first place a perfect tool for treating and shaping nails, both natural and all types of artificial nails. One type of a big one is used for removing hard skin on feet, especially in the heel area. (see Nail Studios and Cosmetic Salons).
The glass nail file – as the name shows – is made from glass. The idea to use glass for the production of nail files is over 50 years old and originally came from Switzerland, where it was first patented. The production process used now is based on totally different technologies and that’s why the current glass nail files made in the Czech Republic are of the highest quality. While tested in extensive market research, it’s become apparent that this is the best product the market can offer in the nail care. It has an even and smooth filing surface without protruding points. In spite of its relatively fine texture the high-quality abrasive surface guarantees outstanding filing ability. Glass nail file is hardened at the last phase of the production to increase mechanical firmness, which gives unlimited lifetime to abrasive surface (see Safe to use).
Comparison of Glass Nail File with Metal & Paper Files
Why does it work such wonders in nail care while other types of files fail?
The difference between the metal and paper file and the glass nail file is the following:
the filling surface of the metal and paper file is too rough and blunt which besides other effects causes – or at least supports – nail chipping and splitting. Due to unique manufacturing technique, filing surface of the glass nail file is finely and uniformly roughened. This ensures that filing is effective, yet feels gentle, and that the glass nail file leaves the nail smoother. On the top of that both the above mentioned files get more and more blunt with the time and usage, because filing grains are attached to the base and their falling out occurs,or because the material is not hard enough. The filing surface of the glass nail file is created right out of the body of the file by a special procedure (no grains are attached to its surface) and thus the file cannot go blunt, besides the fact that the hardened glass is resistent to wearing out.
Ecological & Safe for Health
The material from which the file is made (“FLOAT” flat glass) does not contain any heavy metals, other undesirable elements or additives that could be harmful to the human organism. Czech State Health Institute in Prague certifies our products. According to this certificates our glass nail files meet the requirements for Health and Safety in accord with the Czech law No. 20/1966 Sb., No. 22/1997 Sb. and No. 634/1992 Sb.
Safe to Use
Owing to a hardening technology of glass used in the production of nail files, glass nail file proved to have increased mechanical resistance in comparison with common glass objects with similar parameters. This multiple increase of the firmness of glass is achieved by hardening of glass-forming component by ion exchange. It ensures that the file does not crack by standard use. But it is important to say that even non-harden glass endures normal handling which affects the file during nail treatment. What is remarkable is that the file can withstand being dropped on to common floor surfaces (carpet, linoleum...etc.). When dropped on to a hard surface (concrete, stone or ceramic tiles), it is possible that the file could get broken or damaged. Should the file break (i.e. due to an exaggerated bend or impact), the edges of the file are almost always blunt, diminishing the possibility of an injury. However files damaged in any way should be set aside to avoid potential injury. Even a slight lesion reduces the compactness of a hardened glass object and the glass nail file becomes susceptible to further breakage. Small children are allowed to use the glass nail files under supervision of adults only. For children glass nail files with both ends rounded are recommended.
Thanks to the qualities of the material and hardening process, the life span of the nail file is practically unlimited (see Comparison of Glass Nail File with Metal & Paper Files and Safe to use).
Hygiene & Maintenance
Glass is ideal material to keep your nail file and your nails to maximum hygienic standards. No other nail files come close. Glass file is not porous like metallic or those made from paper and therefore any bacteria or germs keep away from the file. It does not corrode at wet conditions. It is extremely easy to clean and disinfect with usual cleaning products, disinfecting liquids, as well as to boil it or sterilize in autoclaves; this is very important for professional use to avoid spread of the infection. Or after using it, it can be simply washed in running water. If it is dirtier, one can use a brush. If you need to clean it from nail enamel or a cream you can use a diluent or a dissolvent according to the basic safety instructions. This makes it an ideal tool for nail professionals and beauty parlours. It is necessary to avoid contact of coloured glass nail files, hand-painted nail files and printed glass nail files with organic diluents and temperatures above 50 °C, as imperfections in decoration might occur.
A File for All the Family
Interesting feature of the glass nail file is its versatility. Except for the treatment of nails, both natural and all types of artificial nails (with artificial nails we recommend to dip the file in the water first and during the treatment), it is possible to use the file to remove hard skin around the nail and heel area. The best way is at first soften the skin in the warm water and if the hard skin is not thick, use the glass nail file. If it is thick, remove hard skin with a proper tool and then finish it smooth with a glass file (the 195mm should be used for this purpose).