Make Tools Last with These Four Simple Rules
1. “Never put your garden tools away dirty.Wash off any soil adhering to them and dry them with an old cloth.”A strong stream of water from the hose works well for removing soil from tools; if you work over a bucket, you can catch the water for
2. “Always wipe them over with an oily rag before putting them away.” Keep a cloth moistened with vegetable oil or mineral oil in a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag on a hook next to where you store your tools.Wipe the metal parts of your tools with the cloth when you put them away.Refresh the oil on the cloth as needed; when it becomes too soiled from repeated use, either wash it in soapy water or throw it away.
3. “Don’t leave them lying about where they may rust or rot.”
4. “The best way to keep [tools] in good condition is to use them often.”