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How often do you clean your tools?

How often do you clean your gardening tools and with what? Do you store them away in winter? Basically, I want to know how to maintain and keep them in good condition (something, I confess I am not currently good at!) . Thank you.  :)
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  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 2,625
    Don't tell anybody, but I have never EVER cleaned my gardening tools. I do wash pots, though.
  • Pauline 7Pauline 7 West Yorkshire Posts: 1,994
    I wipe my tools with a cloth and spray any moving parts with WD40 after every use, ( other sprays are available )
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160
    ditto as Posy. Mine don't get put away for winter, that's when they get most use
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 36,197
    My answer would be : not very often, although they get the mud and muck wiped off, and moving parts gets oiled now and again.
    No pot washing either- apart from a token rinse out occasionally if I'm potting something on and then replacing that plant with another  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 25,361
    I like spades and forks to be cleaned of mud and muck because it makes them last longer and I occasionally oil the handle on the fork when I know it's going to have a rest.  Same with my hand fork and newer Sneeboer trowel because they're decent tools.

    I like to keep secateurs clean and oiled too and I've even been known to sharpen them.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 28,143
    I've never ever cleaned any garden tools beyond scraping mud off with my boot. 
    I've never ever washed a plant pot either
    I , very occasionally , spray my secateurs with WD40.
    Devon.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 25,361
    edited November 2018
    Bit of a slut on the quiet Hosta?

    Actually, not that quiet.   
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Clean mine after every use, then sharpen if necessary, use an oily rag on metal parts, oil moving parts and use a linseed oil rag on timber parts. :blush:
    If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 28,143
    Obelixx said:
    Bit of a slut on the quiet Hosta?

    Actually, not that quiet.   
    I've worked long and hard to acquire the reputation of a slut  and I wear the badge with considerable pride.
    Devon.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 25,361
    We know, Hosta.

    GB - I find linseed oil is sticky so I just use kitchen oil such as rapeseed or grapeseed.  Teak oil for the table.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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