Differences between Dry Technique, Spray Technique and Dust Extraction

You want to buy a new electric nail file and are in the process of exploring the different types of electric nail file techniques: Dry Technique, Wet Technique and with Dust Extraction. The name of the type already clarifies some things, but if you are wondering what the advantages (and disadvantages) of the different techniques are, please read this article. For each type,

  • We’ll briefly explain the meaning of its name
  • We’ll give the pros and cons
  • We’ll recommend a number of electric nail files

Dry Technique nail file

Take a look at our dry technique electric nail files

A dry technique pedicure nail drill is a simple electric nail file, which consists of a control panel and a handpiece. Skin and nail dust that is generated during treatment is released into the air and eventually falls down on the work surface.

Pros Dry Technique
  • Easy to use and maintain
  • (More) affordable in purchase
  • Light and handy size
    • Pleasant for ambulatory work
Cons Dry Technique
  • Skin and nail dust is released into the air and won’t be collected
    • Less hygienic
    • Potentially bad for health due to inhalation of dust
  • Skin and nail surface gets hot during treatment
    • Less pleasant for the client
    • Longer treatment time
      • Fewer treatments per day
Dry Technique recommendations

Spray Technique Electric Nail File

Take a look at our Spray Technique Electric Nail Files
A wet technique electric nail drill is a heavy duty nail file, made up of a control panel with a water reservoir and a handpiece with a nozzle next to the drill bit. Skin and nail dust that is released during the treatment is immediately beaten down by the spray water that comes out of the nozzle. The water also cools the nail and skin surface during treatment.

Pros Spray Technique
  • Skin and nail dust isbeaten down immediately and can be collected
    • More hygenic
    • Better for health: inhalation of dust not possible
  • Skin and nail surface is cooled during treatment
    • More pleasant for the customer
    • Shorter treatment time
      • More treatments per day
Cons Spray Technique
  • Pricer in purchase
  • Larger and heavier machine
Spray Technique recommendations

Electric nail files with Dust Extraction

Take a look at our Electric Nail Files with Dust Extraction
An electric nail file with dust extraction is a heavy duty nail file, which consists of a control panel with a replaceable dust bag and a handpiece with a suction nozzle next to the drill bit. Skin and nail dust that is released during treatment is immediately sucked up by the nozzle on the handpiece and captured in the dust bag.

Pros Dust Extraction
  • Skin and nail dust is directly sucked up and captured in the dust bag
    • More hygenic
    • better for health: inhalation of dust not possible
  • Dust bag can be easily disposed of and replaced
  • No need to collect water
Cons Dust Extraction
  • Pricer in purchase
  • Dust extraction produces noise
  • Larger and heavier machine
Dust Extraction recommendations

Conclusion

There are 3 different types of electric nail files: Dry technique, Spray technique and with Dust Extraction.

Dry Technique is more affordable to purchase, Spray Technique and Dust Extraction are more hygienic and work faster. Spray technique cools the skin and is, therefore, more pleasant for the customer. Dust extraction immediately captures all dust in the dust bag and is therefore easier to clean up. Dry Technique machines are smaller and more convenient in size.

If you would like to know which technique fits your working needs, please read our blog about The Best Electric Nail File for Nail Technicians.

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