What Should You Use to Clean Hand and Power Tools?

Here’s something a lot of DIYers don’t think about: The best way to clean all of our tools!

The Short Answer:

For hand and power tools, use a simple mix of mild soap and water, then dry and apply lubricating oil to prevent rust.

For power tools, use a dry brush or compressed air for dust, then a rag and cleaner like isopropyl alcohol suitable for electronics.

More about Cleaning Hand and Power Tools:

Ok, so keeping your tools clean is not just about pride in your kit; it’s about precision and longevity for your projects!

Over the years, I’ve found that for hand tools, nothing beats good ol’ soap and water for getting rid of the grime. Just give them a scrub, dry them quickly and thoroughly, and then…

Here’s the kicker:

A dab of machine oil or WD-40 will keep them from rusting.

For power tools, it’s a bit different.

You obviously want to avoid water – electricity and moisture are not pals, as you know.

Instead, grab a can of compressed air to blast away sawdust from the nooks and crannies.

For the stubborn stuff, isopropyl alcohol on a rag does wonders without risking your tool’s innards. Just be sure to unplug the tool first, safety first!

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Now, if you’re going organic, white vinegar is a champ. It’s great for removing rust and buildup on hand tools.

Soak ’em for a bit, then scrub with a brush. It’s non-toxic, and you can’t beat the price.

For a commercial option, there are specialized cleaners like CLR or Simple Green. They’re a bit stronger and can tackle heavier buildup.

They work fast and are designed for the job, but always read the label to ensure they’re suitable for your tools’ materials.

Remember, clean tools are happy tools. They’ll cut better, grip better, last longer, and won’t let you down when you’re in the thick of it.

Plus, there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of a well-maintained toolset, am I right?

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