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How to Clean Garden Tools

2016-04-27

Generally, if properly stored and cared for, decent quality garden tools should last you a lifetime. However, if you neglect your tools by failing to clean them or leaving them exposed to the elements, they can easily develop rust. So, this time time we will teach you how to clean garden tools.

Clean your garden tools to prevent the spread of disease. Cleaning your garden tools helps to prevent the spread of infection through the garden from one diseased plant to another. It also helps to keep them rust-free, as clean tools tend to be exposed to less moisture. Well, it may seem fussy, but wiping your pruning blade with a full-strength household cleaner before cutting each piece of plant will help to prevent the spread of infection. Besides, it’s especially important to clean your tools if they have been in contact with setting agents such as concrete that will dull the edge of spades and blades if left to harden.

Clean your garden tools to keep them sharp. Keeping garden tools sharp will make them safer and easier to use. Although it seems counterintuitive, a sharper blade can be safer as it requires less force and is less likely to slip. Additionally, when cutting through the cells on your plant with something like a pair of secateurs, a sharp blade will cause less cell damage and won’t crush as many cells as a blunt blade. And this will help the plant heal faster, which lessens the risk of infection setting in from fungi or the weather.

Clean any dirt or debris from the tool. First you need to remove any dirt or debris from the tool, especially the blade area or any fixings. Water and a fairly stiff brush should do fine for this. Be remember don’t delay if you've been using the tool for any setting or drying agents such as cement, sealant or paint. If your tool has any setting agents on it then it will need to be cleaned quickly before these have a chance to dry. Then, after using the brush to get the dirt off, rinse in running water and leave to dry. This can take as long as overnight if the tool has complicated surfaces which retain moisture. Afterwards you can wipe a light coating of mineral or motor oil over your tools.

Use a solvent to remove sap residue. A solvent such as kerosene will work to clean off residue from sap. This is especially useful if you’ve been pruning evergreen trees and shrubs.

Inspect the tool for any damage. As you're cleaning, it’s good practice to inspect the tool for any damage. In general, you should avoid using any damaged tools as these can be unsafe.More information, please visit: http://www.vertak.com/