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Preventing Rust and Maintaining Your Garden Tools

Here's a list of tips to help keep your garden tools in good condition.

  • Clean your tools well after every use.

  • Store your tools somewhere dry and off the ground.

  • Keep a towel where you store your tools so you can dry them off before you store them.

  • Before you put tools away for the winter put some linseed oil on wood handles and apply WD40 to the metal.

  • Sand wood handles when they get rough to prevent splintering.

  • Sharpen shovels with a file when they get dull.

  • If you have a rusty tool the best bet is to remove the rust with a metal brush.

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May 19, 20050 found this helpful

You can prevent tools from rusting while you keep them in the shed or garage by keeping them embedded in a bucket of sand

By MrsMoted2

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April 19, 20070 found this helpful

A variation of the bucket of sand trick is to mix oil into the sand and pack it down. The oiled sand both protects new rust from forming and "sands" off the old, keeping tools sharp and clean.

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