Good tools need regular care to keep them working properly and safely. Cleaning your tools is also important to prevent the spread of disease-causing pathogens.
Keep them clean
Clean your tools after each use with water and a penetrating oil to prevent rust. Wood handles can be wiped with boiled linseed oil. Remove dried sap with turpentine and use a flexible, abrasive emery cloth to remove residue from tight places.
Sharp tools are safe and more efficient to use. Various sharpening methods are used depending on the tool. Use a sharpening stone or a flat mill bastard file.
Check tools regularly for loose nuts and screws and tighten as needed.
Maintain & repair when necessary
Sand rough handles and repair cracks as soon as possible to prevent injury.
Keep them dry and organized
Store tools in a dry location away from the elements. Hanging tools on a wall is an ideal way to keep them organized.
HOW TO CLEAN & SHARPEN TOOLS