4 Key Tool Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

4 Key Tool Maintenance Tips for Homeowners
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    Now's the time to get your home in order.

    You're spending more time at home than you've probably spent in months, which means all those excuses for not getting the basement organized or painting the bathroom have suddenly disappeared.


There are probably quite a few spaces on your spring cleaning and maintenance checklist, and we’d like to add one more—your tool area. Every homeowner should have a few staple tools, and whether you use them often or not, you need to make sure that you’re taking care of them.

Follow these tool maintenance tips for homeowners and keep your tool area clean and in good condition. Read on!

Make Sure You Have Proper Tool Storage

Task number one—make sure that your tool storage is up to par. This means that just shoving the hammer and nails in a plastic bag underneath the basement stairs isn’t going to cut it.

There are tons of options for tool storage—from canvas tool bags to boxes for all the little things. When you’re going through and organizing your tools, make sure to take the time to ensure that the storage is maintaining the tools, rather than harming them.

Clean After Each Use

Every time after you use a tool, you should clean it. If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned the tools, then add it to your to-do list. Power tools especially need to be cleaned often, and though it may seem like a pain, it will lengthen the life of the tool.

Cleaning methods will vary depending on the tool, but often just a wiping of dust particles and dirt from the casing and nooks and crannies will help.

Keep Tool Lubricated

After you’ve cleaned the tool, then you should also think about lubricating it. Lubrication is an often-neglected maintenance tip that can do wonders for ensuring that the tools stay the well-oiled machines they’re supposed to be.

Especially if you use your tools often, skipping this step can quickly cause parts to deteriorate and slow down. Combat this by following the steps to properly lubricate and oil your tools—you’ll notice a significant shift in the tool’s performance!

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Pay Attention to Battery Maintenance

Another important tool maintenance tip for homeowners is to pay attention to the tool’s battery. Batteries for power tools are expensive, but with proper care, you can extend the life of your batteries.

For example, batteries should be stored in controlled environments, especially in regard to the temperature. Heat kills battery performance (which is also why you should let your batteries rest if you use them and they overheat), so don’t leave them in direct sunlight.

Another tip—make sure not to let your batteries drain completely before recharging; this can affect and degrade their life span.

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These are just a few of the ways you can ensure that you’re taking proper care of your tools. The more organized your tool area, the better chance you have of them lasting longer.

Better yet, proper care will make different projects take a smaller amount of time since they’re at their best performance levels. Care for your tools, and they’ll take care of you!

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