To maintain our garden in good shape, having the necessary garden tools is indispensable. In order to carry out our gardening job smoothly, we need to ensure that our gardening tools always stay in workable condition. Therefore, taking good care of our tools become an important task where we shouldn’t neglect.
How To Prevent and Remove Rust From Garden Tools
The only way and perhaps the best way to prevent rust from forming on your garden tools are to give them proper maintenance. Generally, most people tend to neglect their garden tools after use. These tools take more abuse than any other and without proper care and maintenance, they will quickly lose their effectiveness. You should never leave your tools outside or let them remain in wet and dirty conditions.
Proper storage of your garden tools in your garage or garden tool shed to prevent exposure to moisture is one sure way to start off on the right foot for rust prevention. Hang long-handled tools on hanging racks as this will prevent them from getting damage to sharp edges. For smaller tools, they can be hung on pegboards and this will keep them off the ground and also keep them organized.
Keep your tools wiped down to help remove moisture, and if you were pruning shrubs or trees, turpentine is excellent for removing tree sap from tool blades.
While proper cleaning, maintenance, and storage of garden tools is the best way to keep them away from getting rust, there are several non–polluting biodegradable aerosol sprays that give a protective coating to your tools.
When talking about this, Bull Frog Rust Blocker and Boeshield T9 immediately come to mind. Both are non–polluting and both are biodegradable, making them environmentally friendly. Applying a lubricant to your tools such as your pruners and loppers will also help to prevent the forming of rust.
However, if your neglected garden tools are already rusted, there are many different rust removal products available.
One of the products is Evapo-Rust which is good for items that need soaking, plus it is easy to use and quite safe. Another excellent product for rust removal is Bull Frog Rust Remover. It’s a non-toxic organic gel that has no harsh chemicals or smells and will also protect against further rust formation.
Correctly caring for your garden tools cannot be stressed enough, because with proper care and continuous maintenance your garden tools will last for years. However, if your tools should start to rust there is an array of rust removers, rust preventers, and rust blocker kits now available on the market.
Rust removers such as Evapo-Rust, Boeshield Rust-Free Spray, Bull Frog Rust Remover, concrete Rust Remover, and Meijer Rust Remover Gel are all excellent choices if your garden tools should rust.
Rust preventers such as Boeshield T9 Bull Frog Rust Blocker and lubricant. For smaller tools, there is Tuf Cloth which is an easy way to remove rust from smaller hand tools.
Abrasive methods for really rusty tools products such as Sandflex Rust Eraser, Norton Bear- Tex Hand Pod5, Brass Utility Brush, and an array of tool blocker kits and rust wipes. But remember proper care is still the best prevention of rusty garden tools.
Do you know how to care for and clean your garden tools?
Garden tools are not cheap and the ones that are don’t usually last too long. Therefore, proper care and maintenance are essential in keeping your tools working efficiently from year to year. To keep your gardening tools in good condition and working properly, there are a few simple things that can be done.
The first piece of advice is to remember that some garden tools retain moisture that may cause rust, while others with blades such as pruners, can easily transfer diseases from one plant to another.
This means that you should always try to remove dirt, grit, and grime from your tools killing any bacteria that may have come in contact with them. Also, always wipe your tools clean after each use and before putting them away. And be sure to never leave them in dirt or anywhere that they may get consistently wet.
A good stiff bristle brush is good for cleaning dry hard dirt before washing and if deep cleaning is required soak in hot soapy water for about 15 minutes then rinse. If you’ve been trimming diseased shrubs or plants, after washing and rinsing, soak your tools in a solution of 3 parts water and 2 parts bleach to further kill any bacteria and prevent any transfer to other tools.
Be aware that some garden tools need disassembling before cleaning, and you should reassemble them only after cleaning and thorough drying. Always rinse under running tap water then lay flat to dry.
If lubricating is needed (screws and balls) WD40 works wonders followed by 3in 1 oil then wipe clean. You can smooth rough spots on wooden handles with medium grain sandpaper then condition them by rubbing with linseed oil; as this will also prevent premature splitting and rotting of the wood.
One last word of advice is to be sure to sharpen your garden tools at least once a year and when they are not in use, store them on a shelf in a tool cabinet or a garden shed. Be sure to properly hang and store the ones that require hanging to help ensure that they’ll functionally ready and in good working order when it’s time for you to use them again.
Remember these tips for cleaning garden tools and you’ll see how having the right garden tool cleaned and ready-to-go for the job at hand helps get it done easier and faster.