How to Clean Rusty Tools

Having the right tool for the job can make all the difference in the world.  But what happens when your hand tools get old and rusty?  The last thing you want when you’re about to jump into a project is not have a working tool.  So why not take care of them better?  If you’re not sure how to clean tools, this video will help:

Here’s a list of supplies you’ll need to find at the hardware store in order to bring those tools back to life:

  • WD 40
  • Dry rag
  • Steel wool pads
  • Rust remover
  • Rust dissolver
  • Emery cloth
  • Boiled linseed oil
  • Sharpening tools
  • Honing solution
  • Medium grit sharpening stone

Here’s a step-by-step process you can follow for cleaning your rusty tools:

  1. Apply rust remover
  2. Scrub with steel wool pads
  3. Wash with warm, soapy water
  4. Scrub with a rag

Now that your tools are nice and shiny, be sure to wipe them down with a rag and lightly spray WD 40 or a similar lubricant on all metal parts after you use them before putting away.

And don’t forget about those wooden handles:

  • Smooth rough wood handles with a medium grit emery cloth
  • Wipe the dry handle down with a heavy coat of linseed oil to rejuvenate and protect the wood

Or to keep those bladed tools sharp:

  • Once a season, use a file to sharpen nicked or dull cutting blades
  • Hone and maintain edges with medium grit sharpening stone

Having the right tool for the job can make all the difference in the world.  But what happens when your hand tools get old and rusty?  The last thing you want when you’re about to jump into a project is not have a working tool.  So why not take care of them better?  If you’re not sure how to clean tools, this video will help:

Here’s a list of supplies you’ll need to find at the hardware store in order to bring those tools back to life:

  • WD 40
  • Dry rag
  • Steel wool pads
  • Rust remover
  • Rust dissolver
  • Emery cloth
  • Boiled linseed oil
  • Sharpening tools
  • Honing solution
  • Medium grit sharpening stone

Here’s a step-by-step process you can follow for cleaning your rusty tools:

  1. Apply rust remover
  2. Scrub with steel wool pads
  3. Wash with warm, soapy water
  4. Scrub with a rag

Now that your tools are nice and shiny, be sure to wipe them down with a rag and lightly spray WD 40 or a similar lubricant on all metal parts after you use them before putting away.

And don’t forget about those wooden handles:

  • Smooth rough wood handles with a medium grit emery cloth
  • Wipe the dry handle down with a heavy coat of linseed oil to rejuvenate and protect the wood

Or to keep those bladed tools sharp:

  • Once a season, use a file to sharpen nicked or dull cutting blades
  • Hone and maintain edges with medium grit sharpening stone