Cutting your cuticles from the base of your nails may make them look well-groomed, but clipping off cuticles can lead to fungal infections and painful hang nail. Clean your cuticles by sloughing off with a nail file rather than cutting them with a clipper. Avoid using a metal nail file, look for one made of emery board. Start by pushing the cuticles back with a cuticle push and then buff the overgrown cuticle using a back and forth motion over the nail bed. Then using a two way nail buffer, buff the area. Use lemon halves over the nails to clean the area. Wash your hainds with soap water and finally massage a cuticle cream or olive oil over your nails, one at a time to get smooth clean nails.