Drywall professionals refer to joint compound as mud because it's just as sloppy as the real thing. After a long day of taping joints, drywall tools are coated with mud, much of it hardened. Learn how to clean your drywall tools the right way; you'll save time and effort during your clean-up and extend the life of your tools.
Things You'll Need
- Putty knife or drywall taping knife
- General-purpose scouring pad
- Rust-inhibiting lubricant
Scrape large chunks of dried joint compound from the drywall tools with a putty knife or a drywall taping knife.
Fill a bucket with water and place the scraped tools into the bucket. Allow the tools to soak for approximately 10 minutes or longer.
Remove the tools from the bucket, dump the water and refill the bucket with clean water. Submerge the tools into the clean water and scrub them with a general-purpose scouring pad. Scour the tools to remove all traces of joint compound.
Remove the cleaned tools from the bucket. Dump the dirty water from the bucket. Dry the cleaned tools with a rag or allow the tools to air dry.
Spray a rust-inhibiting lubricant to brass and steel fasteners, such as the screws that secure a taping knife's handle. Clean excess lubricant from the tool's surface by wiping it with a rag.
Tips & Warnings
- Never use a metal scouring pad, such as steel wool, to clean tools; the abrasive metal will scratch a tool's surface. Use a synthetic pad, such as a dish-scrubbing pad.
- Thoroughly wash your hands following contact with wet drywall mud.
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