Where do you keep your tools? Do you go for practicality with different compartments for different tools or do you have something a little more unusual.  I store my tools in this old wooden display box, it’s something I’ve had for a long time.  I’m not sure how old it is but it was squirreled away at the bottom of our warehouse on an old pallet from years ago . While it may not be as practical as some of the new metal or plastic tool boxes, I love the wood of the box and the age/history behind it.  If you don’t have separate compartments in your tool box to keep everything neat, the tools may need a little more maintenance to keep them nice and shiny so, if they are all bumping along together in one box, I have put together a little guide for tool cleaning and maintenance.

The biggest problem for most metal tools if they are in contact with any moisture is rust.  If they are very rusty you can soak them in some white distilled vinegar to loosen the rust then use a wire brush, Garryflex block or some steel wool to remove the rest.  Tools you don’t use very often can be stored in a zip lock bag with a silica gel pack.  You get these little gel packs in the packaging of lots of products that you buy and they are great to throw into your tool box to keep your tools moisture free.

Hammers

If the head of your hammer has become dull and dirty, use a piece of unused sandpaper or use a small sanding block or a Garryflex block 120/240 for a few seconds to buff off any dirt and re-shine the head. If the handle is wooden, use a damp cloth to remove any dirt of dust then dry with a clean cloth.

Pliers

Try to keep your pliers clean and dry.  Every so often, use a little oil/WD40 on the pivot point to keep the opening/closing movement smooth.

Mandrels

Clean your mandrel with a soft dry cloth before storing each time you use it and this should prevent any rust occurring however if you do find your mandrel has got some rust on it, you can again use a fine Garryflex to sand it off.  Some people lightly oil their mandrels to keep them free from rust, however, this can get messy and means cleaning the oil off each time before you use it.

Scissors

Don’t put your scissors in the dishwasher or leave the blades wet after cleaning. A great tip for keeping your scissors sharp is to cut some aluminium foil with them.  Wipe the blade clean with a dry cloth, stack about 6 or 7 pieces of foil together and cut through with the scissors.

 

These are just a few tips to help prolong the life of your tools which means you can use your hard earned pennies to buy something different rather than having to continually replace the tools you have already bought.  Do you have any other tips for storing or cleaning your tools, we’d love to pass them on to our community of tool users.  We’d also love to see any unusual toolboxes you may use.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

Isobel