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Gardening tools require regular cleaning, preferably after each use. However, they should be particularly thoroughly cleaned when they are protected for the winter period after intensive use in the summer. Clean tools allow for more efficient and effective garden work, they are easier to maintain in operation. The question is, which tools need cleaning? The answer is simple: any tool with screws, nuts and bolts, chains and / or blades requires regular cleaning. Such tools are, for example, hedge trimmers, drum mowers, trimmers, axes, secateurs and others.

Here are some simple steps that will enable you to clean garden tools and ensure their long period of efficiency.

Collection of necessary equipment and materials

To clean gardening tools you need the following equipment and materials:

Cleaning materials: Garden hose, cleaning agent, old rags and towels, sponge, sprayer

Cleaning tools: Scrub brush, steel wool, wire brush, medium-grain sandpaper

Lubricant: Grease to protect the cleaned tool from moisture, rust and corrosion

Safety equipment : Eye protection, gloves and dust mask

Step 1 – Cleaning garden tools

The first step to cleaning garden tools is to get rid of all the dirt that is accumulated on them. Vegetable juices and dirt left on garden tools can cause the development of weeds and many diseases transmitted by the soil. In addition, dirt absorbs and maintains moisture, which leads to rapid rusting of tools. If specific garden tools have moving parts, they must be removed before cleaning. When using a wire brush, clean all dirt and rust from all metal surfaces. Persistent rust can be removed with steel wool. If several large tools are required for cleaning, you can also use medium grain abrasive paper. Remember to dry all tools thoroughly, which will prevent moisture accumulation.

Step 2 – Using grinding tools

The second step is to smooth all wooden handles using medium grain abrasive paper. This will allow you to remove the splinters and burrs from the tool and restore the smoothness of the surface. Sandpaper can also be used to remove rust from tools that can remain in their crevices and surfaces. It will also lightly polish metal surfaces. After grinding, wipe the tools to remove metal or wood grinding dust.

Step 3 – Sharpening the trimmers

The next step after removing all traces of rust and dirt from the tools is to sharpen them. When sharpening, try to keep, if possible, the original angle or slant. If there are trimmers among the tools, you can use a whetstone to obtain a sharp cutting edge. The beaded side of the blade should be rubbed against the whetstone and, making semi-circular movements, rub the sharp edge of the blade with a honeycomb. First, remove the burrs from flat surfaces, and then proceed to sharpening only the beveled edge of the blade.

It is important to sharpen them at the end of each season to maintain the tools for a long time in good condition.

Step 4 – Sharpening other tools

After sharpening the trimmers, the next step is to sharpen the remaining tools. You can use medium- or fine-grained sandpaper to sharpen the secateurs, scissors, shovels, hoes and shovels. After sanding with abrasive paper, use a flat cutter with a single cut. Remember to move the file in a direction “away from you”. When sharpening, do not use oil, because it will clog the file teeth through the collected metal filings.

Step 5 – Lubricating tools

This is one of the most important activities when it comes to cleaning gardening tools and protecting them against moisture, rust and corrosion. The best product for lubricating garden tools is the multi-function WD-40. The use of this lubricant extends the life of garden tools and ensures their effective operation with every use. The product protects garden tools against rust and corrosion throughout the year.

Preventive maintenance

When you finish cleaning garden tools look like new. It’s worth spending some time every few months to keep them in this state. Here are some tips for preventive maintenance that will help you maintain the efficiency of your garden tools for a long time.

  • Rinse the mud with garden tools using a garden hose each time after using them. Wet soil glued to garden tools is one of the main reasons for rusting.
  • Use a hard brush to quickly remove persistent dirt from the ground. You can also use paint thinner to remove tar and vegetable juices.
  • Before folding the tools in their storage place, wipe them dry with a towel or a rag. You can also wait for them to dry themselves in the sun.
  • Do not put tools on their edges, but hang them.
  • Cover the tool surfaces with WD-40 lubricant regularly to protect them against rust and corrosion.

Garden tools should be cleaned after each use, but if you do not have time, remember to clean them at least once every few weeks. This will prevent dust and moisture from accumulating, resulting in corrosion and rust. The service life of regularly cleaned garden tools is longer. Cleaning itself does not ensure long life of garden tools: one should also remember about their lubrication, which provides protection against environmental factors causing their wear and corrosion. In addition, it should be taken into account that garden tools after cleaning should be stored in a dry place and not exposed to moisture. After doing all these activities, we can be sure that our garden tools will be operational and ready for use for many years. What is most important, Gardening work using clean tools will be more relaxing. We wish you pleasant work in your gardens.


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