Whether it’s hand tools or power tools, they should be cleaned regularly to protect them from dust and corrosion.  With proper cleaning and maintenance, using WD-40 Specialist Degreaser, you can extend your tools’ life and ensure that they will remain clean and rust-free.

Where cleaning hand tools is quite easy, power tools require a more delicate touch. They cannot be cleaned with water and soap, as both may seep into the crevices and cause an electrical spark when the tool is plugged in.  This is where WD-40 Specialist Degreaser can play an important role.

How to Clean Hand and Power Tools with WD-40 Specialist DegreaserBy photoexpert117 – stockadobe.com

Cleaning Hand Tools

Grease and rust build-up on hand tools is quite common.   It’s important to clean these tools regularly because with time, the sharp ends become blunt and develop small cracks. It’s possible that they might shatter from a hard impact.

Using WD-40 Specialist Degreaser

In order to clean the rust from the tools, you need to degrease them first. Using the WD-40 specialist degreaser, apply a coat on the tool and wait for five minutes for the lubricant to loosen the grease. Wipe the grease off with a lint-free cloth and apply the degreaser once more. Now, use steel wool to scrub away any stubborn stains and rinse the tool with water. This degreaser is very light and does not leave any residue behind. A rinse in the water will remove the remaining degreaser and make it ready for rust removal.

Using a DIY Solution to Clean the Rust

Since hand tools such as screw drivers, hammers, wrenches are small, they can be cleaned easily. Following are the items you will need to clean the tools:


  • You will need a bucket full of vinegar if you are planning to clean all your tools together. If the rust build-up is large, leave the tools in the bucket overnight. By morning, you will see that most of the rust will have dissolved in the vinegar
  • Take out the tools and scrub them with steel wool (scrub the small, hard to reach surfaces with a toothbrush)
  • Then, fill a bucket, with the ratio of water to baking soda 2:1 and soak the tools for five minutes (this will remove any discolouration)
  • Rinse all the tools with water and dry with paper towels
  • Blow dry the tools to prevent the smallest risk of oxidization
  • To prevent the tools from rusting further, coat them lightly with WD-40 Multi-Use Product and store in a box.
Cleaning Power Tools

Cleaning power tools is a little bit harder. First, you need to take them apart using the instruction manual.  Now you can use WD-40 specialist degreaser to remove any grime and dust.

WD-40 specialist degreaser can be used to clean power tools such as chain saws, drills, jigsaws, etc. Following are the items you will need to clean power tools:

  • Heavy duty gloves
  • Compressed air can
  • Bucket
  • Hot water
  • Towels
  • Cleaning rags
  • Vinegar
  • WD-40 specialist degreaser
  • Steel wool
  • Toothbrush
  • Commercial tool cleaner


  • Use compressed air can to blow off any dirt and small pieces of shavings from the crevices
  • Before you start degreasing, wear heavy duty gloves to protect your hands from the tools’ sharp edges
  • Take apart the tool and clean each part with WD-40 specialist degreaser by scrubbing with a steel wool and tooth brush. Repeat the process
  • Now, submerge the metal parts that are not connected to any wires in vinegar and repeat the steps that were used to clean hand tools
  • To remove any remaining grease and rust, submerge the metal parts that are not connected to any wires in a bucket filled with one gallon of hot water and the recommended amount of commercial tool cleaner
  • Wet a small area of the rag in this solution and use it to clean the wiring (make sure that the rag is just damp and not wet)
  • Wipe down the entire tool’s surface and stay away from the motor casing
  • Use a towel to dry all the pieces and make sure that there is no moisture left
  • Using a toothbrush, clean all the toggles or switches
  • Let the pieces dry before putting them back together. Before plugging it in the socket, make sure there are not any cuts in the wire that might have absorbed water or the commercial cleaner

WD-40 also offers various other specialist cleaners for different purposes. Depending on the type of object you are trying to clean, whether it’s garden tools, car engines, flooring, motorbikes or bicycles, a range of lubricants are available. Always read the manufacturers guidelines before cleaning your tools.