The question, “How do I clean my garden tools?” is an important one. Garden equipment like spades, forks, knives, trimmers, rakes, spades, etc., all make their owners filthy rich if they are not cleaned properly. If you own expensive garden tools and keep them in great condition, then cleaning them may not be a problem at all, but if they are just used occasionally, then the burden of keeping them clean is more than just your imagination. However, cleaning garden tools should be done regularly to prolong their life and to avoid them from getting worn out. In this article, we shall have a look at some useful tips that you can use for keeping your garden tools in tip top shape.
First of all, remember that general house cleaning is very different from that of gardening tools maintenance. General house cleaning involves sweeping up leaves and other debris from your front and backyard stairs and such, so you can imagine what cleaning your garden tools involves. It requires much more than that. Your garden tools have sharp blades, so it is very important that you take great care while handling them. If you have any questions about how to keep your tools like their sharp blades in tip-top shape, don’t hesitate to ask an expert.
If you want to ensure that your tools stay in good condition throughout use, you should take care of them by brushing them with soft bristled toothbrushes once in a fortnight or a month. This not only ensures that all dirt has been removed, but also prevents dulling of the cutting edge. Brushing your tools will also prevent rust from forming. You should make use of a soft brush or a cotton swab dipped into a solution of warm water and some baking soda for removing all dirt and loose debris from your tools. You should then dry them with a soft cotton cloth and store them in a safe place. You should follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on how to maintain your tools.
You need to use caution when it comes to keeping them clean. There are certain safety precautions you need to observe when it comes to using garden tools to avoid accidentally scratching or denting them.
You can wipe them with a piece of soft cloth after each use. However, this should be done carefully and you should only use a soft cloth and take great care while wiping the dirt off the garden tools. If you leave any stains, you should use the appropriate cleaning solutions to remove them.
You should never use abrasive cleaners when it comes to keeping your garden tools clean. They may seem to work good on the surface of the tools, but if they are rubbed too harshly, they can scratch and dent them, rendering them unusable.
A gentle dish detergent, preferably one that is non-chlorinated, can be used to clean your garden tools. Be sure to rinse thoroughly after using the cleaner. If the blade of the tool dulls, gently grind it until it is the same color as an untreated wooden surface. This will not only restore your garden tools to their original beauty, it will also prevent rust from setting in.
Maintaining your garden tools is the most important thing you could possibly do to ensure that they are working correctly every time you use them. Following the simple tips above will help you maintain your garden tools and keep them working in tip top shape.