In the past, I have used my tools, not cleaned them and ended up regretting it. One time, I cleaned a drill with lubricant because it was seized, and it set on fire!
After that episode, I am now very rigorous and when I use a tool I clean it up and put it away in my toolbox.
Let’s Talk About Cleaning Tools
First off, use proper precautions when cleaning any power tools. They are electrical, and as we know, any electrical item and water does not make a good mix.
So, what do I use to clean my tools?
The first item on my go to list is a micro fibre cloth. This is not used wet, it is used damp. Generally, the cloth is used in combination with a mixture of 4 parts water to 1 part washing up liquid, which is kept in a spray bottle for ease of use and convenience. When the cloths become dirty they are simple to clean as they can go straight into the washing machine.
To remove light scuff marks on the body of a tool, lightly spray the micro fibre cloth a couple of times and then rub the cloth together to ensure a even coating on one side. Use the moistened side of the cloth to scrub your equipment and then remove any moisture residue with the dry side of the cloth.
If you find that you have any sort of dust or debris in the vents, you can usually get this out using compressed air in either a can or via a compressor, and fire it sideways on so you blow the debris out and not in.
For the batteries and the charger, usually a quick wipe over with the cloth when you are finished with them will do the job. If you’re storing the batteries, store them fully charged and they should be good to go for at least a couple of months.
For a good guide to spring cleaning your tools, follow Bob Vila’s advice here – http://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-clean-power-tools