HOW TO CLEAN TOOLS
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Not only are tools helpful when it comes to fixing household odds-and-ends or building something completely new, but they can also become beloved collectors' items. In both cases, it's in your best interest to keep them as clean as possible so they work well for years to come.
Older and more well-loved hand tools that are not regularly cleaned can become blunt and develop small cracks, which can eventually cause them to shatter from a hard impact.
When cleaning old tools, you'll likely come into contact with stubborn rust spots. Over time, iron and steel exposed to oxygen and moisture become oxidized. The visual evidence of this chemical reaction is the orange and brownish speckling that covers your tools. Rusty tools are often ineffective and hard to work with.
There are a variety of rust removal methods:
Either before or after you've removed rust from your tools (depending on which method you opt for), use readily biodegradable*, non-corrosive, professional-grade Simple Green Pro HD Heavy-Duty Cleaner to clean and degrease. It quickly eliminates tough grease and grime, removes oily stains, and is safe on metal surfaces. The concentrated formula can be diluted to suit your cleaning needs, whether you're soaking saw blades or wiping down your work area.
After your tools are cleaned and completely dry, wipe them down with household oil, such as mineral oil or WD-40, to prevent further rusting. Keep in mind that oils will attract dust, so you'll still need to keep up with tool maintenance.
Do not allow the product to dry on the surface of your tools. Do not clean over asphalt.
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