Tool Maintenance

Are your tools all rusted after a long season?

Now’s the time to give them a little TLC before you pack them away in the garage or shed for the winter.

Supplies Needed

  • A bucket big enough to hold your tools
  • White vinegar
  • Salt or baking soda
  • Whetstone
  • Mineral oil
  • Rags
  • Sandpaper
  • Wrench

First, take apart your tools at the hinges so they can be easier cleaned. This often just takes loosening the nut with a wrench.

Next, clean and dry all the tools and then sand down any very rusty spots on the blades with sandpaper or a wire brush or steel wool.

Place the blades to soak in a mixture of vinegar and salt up to 24 hours depending on how rusty they are.

Wipe down the blades. Sharpen with the whetstone. Wipe down the blades with mineral oil and store for next year.

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