If you love working with tools, you must be knowing how important it is to take good care of your tools. Tools usually become susceptible to dust and rust without proper care and can easily be worn out.
To keep away from rust, your tools need to be lubricated frequently and with care. You cannot by any chance take the risk of breaking your tools due to rust which can cost you hundreds of dollars to replace.
Proper on-time maintenance helps to maximize the life of your tools and increases efficiency which in turn saves money, manpower, and time.
In this article, we will be discussing the step-by-step procedure on how to and how frequently you should lubricate your tools.
We will also be discussing which lubricants to choose. So, don’t skip any.
Let’s get started.
Tools That Need To Be Lubricated Frequently
Not all tools need oiling and lubrication. Tools with hinged joints like pliers, scissors, and wrenches need to be lubricated frequently.
Whereas tools like hammers and screwdrivers don’t need continuous lubrication. A cloth wipe with a little lubricant from to time would be enough.
Steps To Lubricate Your Tools
Step 1: Soak
Soak your tools in soapy water for about an hour. This will help clear away all the dust embedded in your tools. If you work outdoors with your tools, you might be muddy and soaking will help get rid of all the mud.
Step 2: Brushing
Use a copper wire brush and brush out all the rust on the surface of the tool.
Step 3: Wipe
Use a clean cloth and wipe off all the moisture from the tool and allow it to dry.
Step 4: Spray Lubricant
Before going for lubricants, make sure the tool is completely dry and no moisture is left on it. You can just leave it for a day or two before using lubricants.
Lubricants work by forming a clear dry file, waterproofs against weather, lubricates, and prevents residue from sticking while helping parts run smoother.
Spray your tool with any silicon-based lubricant or any other lubricant meant for tools. Use an oiler to get into the joints.