Soak your nails in warm water for 5-10 minutes. This will soften your nails and It will also cause less damage if you need to clip your nails.
Take a sponge and scrub all over of your nails. Make sure you are thorough on the tips of your nails or if you want other than warm water then try using a mix of hand lotion and a small amount of moisturizing dish soap. But before doing this, rub them with warm water to soften.
Push your cuticles back. Rub a drop or two of cuticle oil into your cuticle and the skin around your fingernail. Now take the proper tool, and begin pushing your cuticles back. This is a completely painless process.
Trim your nails. If your nails are longer than you prefer, grab those clippers and trim your nails down to the same even length. Another thing to remember when tending to your nails is they naturally grow out uneven, so trim them to a nice curve or straight line.
File your nails. This is also optional. But most girls prefer to file them every time they take care of there nails just to give them a nice finished look. You have heard this before, but always remember to file your nails in one direction. Otherwise, you will cause damage to your fingernails.
Remove the dirt from your nails. We all get dirt under our nails during our daily activities. To remove the dirt, simply get a toothpick. Place the toothpick under the white tips of your nails and remove the dirt. It is an easy and painless process. Once you are done, let your nails sit under some warm water running from the sink for about 30 seconds. Re-scrub your nails.
Apply a nail strengthener. The nail strengthener will strengthen your nails. It will also give them a more clean and finished look.
You are done now. Your nails should look clean and pretty and You will notice your nails will begin to look better after you have a few uses.