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Cleaning and Sharpening Garden Tools

cleaning-and sharpening garden tools

Garden tools are expensive, especially if you choose good quality gardening tools. Taking care of them and maintaining them will allow you to make the most of your initial investment by extending their lifetime.
The maintenance of a garden tool obviously depends on its function and its use. It is strongly advised to take the time needed for cleaning and sharpening garden tools after each use. Here is how to properly clean and maintain your garden tools .

  1. Clean cutting tools
  2. Clean the tool handles
  3. Clean tools with shaft or spring
  4. Maintain your lawn mower
  5. Store your tools

1.Clean cutting tools

Cutting tools include: pruning shears, pruning shears, shears …

After each use

  • Clean the blade of the tool with a cloth dampened with alcohol for:
  • Remove any sap or resin before it solidifies;
  • Disinfect and prevent the spread of disease.
  • Simply use soapy water, then wipe thoroughly with a cloth.


  • Check the condition of the blades of your cutting tools. It’s generally worth making time for sharpening garden tools where necessary, to retain their cutting edge.
  • To do this, after cleaning, disassemble the tool that allows it (like most secateurs).
    • Place the tool in a vice.
    • Sharpen the blade with a sharpening stone (rifle) respecting the angle of the bevel and from the inside to the outside.
    • Avoid the grinding wheel, because it quickly removes too much material.
    • Reassemble the tool.
    • Grease it lightly.

2.Clean the tool handles


  • Check the fastening nails of the stick, tighten them or change them if necessary.
  • Sand the wooden handles of your tools for ease of use, using fine sandpaper.
  • Rub them with a cloth lightly soaked with linseed oil.

3.Clean tools with shaft or spring


  • Lubricate the spindle or spring of the tool with a few drops of lubricating oil, to make it easier to use and to reduce friction.
  • Observe the condition of the spring and change it if there is a weak tension.

4.Maintain your lawnmower

After each use:

  • Remove the compressed grass under the crankcase and at the wheels.

Before winter:

  • Wash the crankcase with a water jet, and if necessary, use a brush.
  • Sharpen your lawnmower’s blade by a builder, it’s much more careful.
  • If it is fuel powered engine:
    • Empty the fuel tank.
    • Refer to the manufacturer’s manual and perform the recommended maintenance.
    • Remember to perform a drain, replace the air filter, or spark plug if necessary.
    • Store in a dry, well-ventilated place.

5.Store your tools

  • Store your tools in a sheltered, dry place.
  • Hang them by placing the metal part upwards, this will prevent a buildup of moisture and prevent the rust from coming.
  • Store the cutting tools with care, the hurtful part against the wall.
  • Do not forget safety, do not let the children approach it.

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