Whether you’re fond of power tools or handheld ones, they need to be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent rust. If you learn how to clean tools and maintain then regularly, you will extend their useful life.

Before we discuss how to clean tools, you need to add one more product to your tool box or workbench. Get yourself WD-40 specialist degreaser because this is the best solvent in the market for the job.

How to Clean Tools

You’ve seen how rust and grease tend to build up on your handheld tools and how this makes the job extra difficult and messy. Don’t just leave these tools to rot under the kitchen sink or in the garage.

Bring in the WD-40 Specialist Degreaser

First, coat your chosen tool with WD-40 Specialist Degreaser and let it sit for about 5 minutes so that the formula loosens up the build-up of grease.  After the recommended amount of time has passed, begin wiping over the grease using a lint-free cloth.

Still room for improvement? Soak your choice of tool in WD-40 again and wait another 5 minutes. After this, get your hands on some steel wool and begin scrubbing at those stubborn grease stains. When you’re happy with what you see, just rinse the tool with some lukewarm water.

Notice that this product has such a light formula that no residue is left behind.

Now Let’s Attack the Rust

For this part of the job, you have 2 options. You could either apply a second coating of WD-40 Degreaser and use steel wool to scrub away the rust.  Or you could use a simple DIY home solution.  However, with WD-40 you can expect better and quicker results.

Let’s assume you chose the home solution. If this is the case, then all you will be needing would be a bucket full of vinegar so you can add all your tools into the solution at the same time. If you think the rust build-up is extensive then you can also choose to leave your tools in the mixture overnight.

In the morning, you can begin scrubbing at your tools with some steel wool or an old toothbrush. Once all the rust is removed, rinse them thoroughly and dry them with paper towels or a blow dryer to prevent further oxidation.

If you wish to prevent the rust from coming back, coat the tools with some WD-40 and store them in a moisture-free place.