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How Tools and Equipment Should be Cleaned and Maintained

A selection of quality tools can be quite a good investment and if you take care of and store them properly, they will last a lifetime. Not only will regularly maintaining and cleaning your tools keep them in good nick, but it will also save you time and money.

In this article, we are talking mostly about power tools, hand tools, and garden tools. However, much of this advice can be used with tools and construction equipment generally. If you prioritise keeping your tools clean, well-maintained, and stored properly, you won’t have to worry about declining quality or faulty tools. So, here’s how your tools should be cleaned and maintained.

#1 How to Clean Hand Tools

One of the easiest ways to clean hand tools is by simply giving them a wipe down with a rag at the end of a job. If they are really dirty, don’t be afraid to give them a good wash with some soapy water to clean away that grime. Just be sure to dry them thoroughly afterwards to avoid rusting or corrosion.

An effective method for maintaining the wooden handles on your hand tools is to wipe them thoroughly with a rag that has been dampened in a little bit of linseed oil. This will keep the handle clean and sturdy for years to come.

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#2 How to Clean Garden Tools

Garden tools are easy to clean because they are so durable. Due to spending most of their time outside (whatever the weather), garden tools can be easily washed and dried after use. For a quick clean, stab your garden tools into a bucket of sand mixed with some oil. The sand will work to get off the dirt, while the oil will keep the wooden handles in top condition.

Alternatively, you can use the same method to clean your garden tools as you do for your hand tools – soap and water. It works a treat!

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#3 How to Clean Power Tools

Cleaning and maintenance can get a little tricky when it comes to power tools. Before you start, one of the most important things to ensure is that your power tool is switched off and fully unplugged before you commence cleaning. Next, thoroughly wipe all the dust off with an old cloth or a brush. Then, using machine oil, lubricate any moving parts to keep the tool well-maintained and working properly. Wipe down the surface with a clean cloth and there you have it!

If you don’t feel confident cleaning your power tools on your own, take them to a professional tool hire company and let them do the maintenance for you. After all, with a professional doing the job, you know it’s going to be top quality!

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#4 Keep Your Toolbox Clean

While we’re on the subject of tool cleaning and maintenance, it is important to take care of your toolboxes and give them a thorough clean out every once in a while. All it takes is emptying the tools out and giving the box a thorough wipe down. And if you’ve got leather belts and bags, it is important to maintain the leather by conditioning it once in a while. For any bags and belts that are not made of leather, just pop them in the wash and they should come out looking brand new.

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#5 Clean Your Tools Consistently

Consistent cleaning of tools helps maintain them properly, keeping them clean and reducing the likelihood of complications or malfunctions. In the construction industry it is common for tools to be subjected to dirt and harsh elements.

And while we understand that the last thing you want to do after a long day of work is wipe down the tools you used that day, but it is one of the most important steps in caring for them and it only takes a few minutes! Consistent cleaning is one of the best ways to prevent dirt and grime build up over time.

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#6 Cleaning Allows for Inspection

Regularly cleaning and maintaining your tools and equipment gives you the opportunity to carry out regular inspections and ensure your tools are all functioning properly and safely. If you notice they’re not, you can make the necessary adjustments straight away.

Cleaning and maintaining your tools after a busy day of work is extremely important. The tips in this article should help you get all your tools in order and help you maintain your tools and equipment. If you have any further questions, leave them in the comment box below!

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Written by Rachel Kerr

Rachel has a degree in English Literature and a Masters in Creative Writing. She has been working as a professional copywriter for the past two years at Bamboo Nine and has worked her way up the ladder from a Junior to a Senior Copywriter.

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