As with most things of value, maintenance of your power tools is key to prolonging their functionality and lifespan. Give your power tools some TLC to keep them working accurately and safely for years to come. Whether cleaning a recently-purchased tool or a grimy old tool from a garage sale, these steps will get your power tools looking their best.
What you need:
- Wire scrub brush
- Steel wool
- Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner
- Hot water
- Old towels
- Soft rag
- Can of compressed air or air compressor
- Work gloves
Always check your power tool's manufacturer’s guide first for proper cleaning recommendations.
- Disconnect the tools from any power source, whether electric or battery powered. For cordless tools, the battery should be completely removed unless it's self-contained. Disassemble any removable components for cleaning.
- Use the compressed air to loosen or blow out any accumulated dirt and grime that's collected in the grooves, nooks & crannies of your tools.
- Fill a bucket with equal parts hot water and Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner. Wearing work gloves to avoid any sharp edges or points on your tools, place tools in the bucket and let soak for 5-7 minutes. Take care not to submerge any power cables or motor casings.
- Use a wire brush to scrub off any remaining debris, and steel wool to eliminate any rust accumulation. Scrub lightly with each to avoid scratching the surface of your tools. Wipe off excess buildup with a soft rag.
- Rinse and towel-dry your tools, making sure to absorb any remaining moisture. Allow approx. 30 minutes to air dry.
- Reassemble any power tool components and check all moving parts before plugging in.