Maintaining Garden Tools and Preventing Rust
- Clean your tools well after every use, removing soil with water at max pressure and a wire brush.
- Keep a towel where you store the tools and dry them fully before storing.
- Store your tools somewhere dry and off the ground.
- If you have a rusty tool, remove the rust with a metal brush.
- To remove stubborn rust, make a paste mixture of lemon juice and cream of tartar. Dip a cloth in the mixture and lightly rub over the rusty area. The citric acid will remove the rust.
- Sharpen tools with a file when they get dull.
- To sharpen pruners and clippers, color the blade tip with a permanent marker. Sharpen evenly until the mark has been removed.
- Before you put tools away for the winter, put some linseed oil on the handles and WD40 on the metal.
I haven't been doing these things! I have plenty of excuses (said humid tool shed, can't find the tool file, don't have any linseed oil), but I need to get in the habit of doing these things. Sounds like I need a trip to the hardware store and a kick in the butt!