If you've ever embarked upon home improvement and do-it-yourself construction projects, you'll know that using power tools to get the job done saves you the effort, tears of frustration and bodily aches that come with unwieldy hand tools. And while it's likely that you remember to put your power tools back in their packaging and plug them in when you're done, chances are that you haven't given much thought to properly cleaning them in months.
Unfortunately, failure to maintain your tools' health can corrode their metal, dull their blades and expose them to the possibility of permanent damage. And when your casing cracks or drill catches, you're liable to ask the tool (uh…we meant neighbor) next door if you can borrow theirs. So avoid unnecessary expenses and awkward conversations by following these four simple cleaning tips:
- Prepare: First, check your power tools' manufacturer's guide for proper cleaning procedure. Disconnect your tool from its power source and fill up a bucket with one gallon of warm water. Then put on a pair of work gloves to protect your hands against any of the tool's sharp edges and make sure a can of compressed air is on hand.
- Degrease: Use the compressed air sprayer to blow off any dirt or dust that has collected in the grooves and crevices of the tool. Pour 20 ounces of Zep Commercial's Industrial Purple Cleaner and Degreaser Concentrate into the bucket of warm water and mix it up. While wearing rubber gloves, dip an old rag into the solution so that it is damp, and carefully wipe away any built-up grime and grease. Make sure the power cable or motor casing doesn't get wet.
- Wipe: Dry off the tool with a dry, old towel. Take care to wipe down the power cord.
- Brush: Use a stiff-fiber brush to scratch off any remaining crusty debris. If any exposed metal pieces contain rust, use a steel wool pad to scrape it off until it's shining.
Now put your tools back in their original packaging to keep them fresh dirt and grease free and rest assured that your "Pro" cleaning saved you some unnecessary future headaches.