5 Tips for Cleaning Your Power Tools
The weekend has arrived, and now is the time to grab your tool belt, put on your safety gear and proceed to work on your pet project for the next couple of days. Whatever it is, we wish you the best of luck and hope it turns out well in the end.
Of course, what you will be needing for this do-it-yourself (DIY) project are your power tools. You know, the drills and saws that you used for your last home task but never cleaned. We hate to bring this up, but there is something that you need to remember to do: maintain your power tools. That’s right. You should never simply abandon your tools after the DIY job, otherwise they will erode and be ineffective. Moving forward, it is imperative that you properly take care of your power tools.
Here are five tips for cleaning your power tools:
1. Clean Out the Dust After You’re Done
Let’s be honest: your power tools accumulate a lot of dust before, during and after the job has been completed. Whether it is the environment that produces the dust or the bathroom renovation adding dust to your equipment, you need to perform one specific task: cleaning out the dust.
Once the task has been completed, you should clean out the dust. This will ensure that the dust won’t eat away at the power tools.
2. Inspect All of the Parts Before & After
To ensure you’re safe and to make sure that the power tool is effective and reliable, you should perform an inspection of all of the power tools and parts.
Prior to the start of your DIY project and after you have finished for the day, it would be a prudent idea to inspect all of the parts. By doing this, you will know if a power tool needs to be better maintained or if a part needs to be repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
3. Replace Parts That Are Worn Down
This goes hand in hand with the previous point…
Should you notice that a particular moving part is worn down, the next step to take is to replace the part immediately. This will guarantee that your power tools aren’t being affected by shoddy parts – if you have defective parts then it will impact the entire power tool.
4. Are Silica Gels Effective?
Here is a question: are silica gels effective at protecting power tools?
A lot of experts say that one of the best things you can do when trying your best to maintain your power tools is to take advantage of silica gel packs that come with the packaging.
The reason why these gels are effective is because they keep moisture at bay. Once you store your power tools at the end of the day, the silica gel packs will prevent rust from accruing.
5. Store Your Tools Properly
Do you want to keep your power tools clean, organized and in great shape? The best thing you can do is to store your tools properly. Whether you utilize your power tools every other day or you only take them out of storage once a month, it would be wise to have the properly put away until the next time you use them.
If the power tools are scattered on the garage floor or tossed into a drawer, the cord will be damaged, the power tool will be impacted by rust and the machine won’t do what it’s built to do. Simply put: store your tools properly and you their lifespan will be extensive. Toolboxes, belts and bags are there for a reason: to help keep your power tools organized and in good condition. Oh, that’s a great reminder: be sure to take care of these three elements as well.
In the end, having power tools in great shape will ensure all of your household chores are completed as best as you can – replacing a chandelier, adding a deck to your backyard and or changing the bathroom sink. With the right safety measures and a great know-how of a job, all of your projects can be finished with ease.