With any kind of equipment, it’s important for you to engage in preventative maintenance to ensure it functions well for as long as possible. This is just as true with power tools as it is with vehicles and factory machinery. Most owners of power tools don’t spend a lot of time thinking about cleaning or maintaining those tools, but doing so will ensure they continue to work safely and with great precision for many years into the future. In addition, knowing how to clean tools you pick up secondhand in Monroe, LA can help you give them some brand-new life.
Here’s what you should know about cleaning your power tools.
An overview of cleaning power tools
Before you begin the cleaning process, make sure you have all of the equipment and materials you’ll need. Gather up a wire scrub brush, some steel wool, an all-purpose cleaner (preferably one that’s sustainable), a bucket with some hot water, some old towels you don’t mind getting dirty, a soft rag, some work gloves and a can of compressed air. You should also get the manufacturer’s guide for the tool so you can look up information about cleaning it before going ahead.
Your first step should be to disconnect the tool from its power source, be it electric plugin or its battery. Cordless tools should have the battery completely removed unless the battery is self-contained. Any removable components should be disassembled to be cleaned separately.
Take the compressed air and use it to blow out any built-up debris inside the cracks, grooves and hard-to-reach areas of your tools. Then take your bucket that’s filled up with the water-cleaner solution, place the tools in the bucket and allow them to soak anywhere from five to 10 minutes before proceeding. Just make sure you don’t submerge motor casings or power cables.
Once you remove the tools from the solution, it’s time to take your wire brush and put in a little elbow grease. Scrub off any muck that’s still on the tool, and use the steel wool to attack any rust buildup. Just make sure you don’t scrub too hard—you don’t want to scratch the surface of the tools, just clean and polish them. If there’s any excess buildup remaining on the tool, you can easily wipe it away with your rag.
After you’ve done this, which is likely to be the longest step of the cleaning process, you can rinse and towel dry the tools, then let them sit out for at least 30 minutes to fully air dry.
Once you’re certain the tools are dry, you can fully reassemble them and then check all moving parts to make sure they’re good to go. Plug it back in and try it out to make sure it functions properly, and if it does, you’re all done!
For more information about how to clean power tools in Monroe, LA, we encourage you to contact the team at Ram Rent-All, Inc. today. We look forward to assisting you soon.