How to Keep Trowels From Rusting

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Keep your trowels free from iron oxide, which is another name for rust.

A handy trowel is an extremely useful tool for gardening. One problem with trowels and other tools is that they are subject to rusting under certain conditions. If you want your trowel to last, you can enact helpful strategies that will prevent rust. By keeping rust off your trowel, you will save yourself time and expense of having to make a trip to the store and purchase a new tool.

Things You'll Need

  • Anti-rust spray
  • Silica gel packets
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      Spray new tools with an anti-rust primer spray. You can find these sprays at most hardware stores. Spray the metal portion of the trowel with the spray, being sure to spray all joints or folds in the metal so that you prevent rust over the entire tool. Once you spray a coat, allow the trowel to air dry for several minutes before spraying again. Use two- to -three coats of primer. Spray the primer in a well-ventilated area to avoid harming your eyes or respiratory system.

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      Clean your trowel after each use. Use dish soap if necessary. If there is dirt in cracks and crevices, use an old, clean toothbrush to brush these areas clean. Rinse the tool thoroughly. Use a clean, dry cloth to dry the trowel before storing it. If there are cracks or crevices that you can't dry by hand alone, cover the end of a flat-head screw driver with a thin piece of cloth and use it to dry these small areas.

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      Store your trowel in an area that is well ventilated and dry. Hanging your tools from hooks is a good way to improve ventilation.

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      Place silica gel packets in drawers if you must store your trowels in drawers. These packets absorb moisture. You can order these from numerous online dealers; you can also purchase them from some hardware stores.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep primer spray out of the reach of animals and children.

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