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A Quick & Easy Way To Clean & Sharpen Your Pruners

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Gardening season is in full swing. It's important to make sure all your pruners are clean & sharp. Here's a really easy yet very effective way to do it.
  • a quick easy way to clean sharpen your pruners, cleaning tips, gardening
In my days as a professional gardener I once had five pairs of Felcos (quite the investment by the way) but now I'm down to two. Somehow they've mysteriously disappeared. I think the green waste barrels must have eaten them. They are my favorite go to pruners which I keep in a low tin planter right by my front door because I use them almost every day. I live in Santa Barbara, CA where I get to play in the garden year round.
I also have Fiskar floral nippers , Florian rachet pruners and Corona lopping shears. They all need a clean and a sharpen every once in a while so I will give you an easy step by step as to how I do it. My gardening shears never look close to 100% clean and they never will. They've all gotten a lot of use over the years. I keep them all handy for use in our LadyBug Tool Pouch (made right here in California) which is pictured above.
As usual, there's a how to video waiting for you at the end.
  • a quick easy way to clean sharpen your pruners, cleaning tips, gardening
If your pruners are scrubbed and sharpened the plants will be much happier because the cuts will be clean. You'll enjoy the whole process a lot more too as your pruners will open and close smoothly making it so much easier on your hands, wrists and arms.
1) I scour them with Bon Ami to get all the horticultural gunk off. This is a natural cleaning powder which does the trick but doesn't scratch. I've also used baking soda but prefer the Bon Ami because it has more scrubbing power.
2) Give the pruners a good rinse to get all the Bon Ami off.
3) I then dry them off with an old piece of tee shirt & sharpen with my favorite Wildflower Seed & Tool Company sharpening tool. I love this sharpener because my hands are small & it's so easy for me to use. Be sure to watch the video to see how to use this tool.
  • a quick easy way to clean sharpen your pruners, cleaning tips, gardening
4) If they're still a bit dirty I'll give them another scouring. I rinse & dry just like above.
5) Wipe with vegetable oil or spray with WD40 to get any rust & more plant residue off. This step also keeps your your tools lubricated & working smoothly. I now use grape seed oil instead of WD40 because it's a natural alternative & works well. Any vegetable oil does the trick - you choose.
6) Let the lubricant soak in a bit & then wipe off. An old sock works the best for me rather than something like paper towels. Yes, I'm big on reuse!
  • a quick easy way to clean sharpen your pruners, cleaning tips, gardening
This is my favourite sharpening tool.
Now that your pruners are all cleaned and sharpened like brand new you'll be ready for your next pruning extravaganza. I just had at it with one of my monstrous Bougainvilleas over the weekend so mine are due again. Pruning is constant. So is the cleaning.
Interested in more things garden? Nell Foster has lots more waiting for you at: www.joyusgarden.com

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Got a question about this project?

  • Sheila D
    Sheila D Crystal River, FL

    Thanks for the info and video. Doesn't the vegetable or grape seed get tacky on the tools? I will check out my local Ace or Home Depot for the sharpening tool.

    • Joy Us garden
      Joy Us garden Santa Barbara, CA

      Not at all @Sheila D I wipe the excess off & the rest absorbs into the blade & latching mechanism. I bought that tool at a garden show but you can it off the wildflower seed co website. Nell

  • Patty
    Patty Pacifica, CA

    I too have lost some of my favorite tools to the compost bin that gets picked up by the garbage company. Thanks for sharing your cleaning techniques. Mine need it badly.

    • Joy Us garden
      Joy Us garden Santa Barbara, CA

      Yes @Patty . I was her gardening mentor. If you live near Amapola Ave, you might have seen me in the past in the garden or decorating for Halloween or Christmas.

  • Stephnie van As

    can you use this stuff for any garden tool that has rust on

    • Joy Us garden
      Joy Us garden Santa Barbara, CA

      Probably not as effective on rust @Stephnie van As For that I've use a scouring pad & baking soda. Then, I put the tools in a pail of half vinegar half water to soak. This has worked for me. The oil will help to prevent the rust from coming back.

  • Kathleenwalsh
    Kathleenwalsh Lake Havasu City, AZ

    Can you still buy Bon Ami ?

    • Joy Us garden
      Joy Us garden Santa Barbara, CA

      Oh yes @Kathleenwalsh I buy it at our Home Improvement Center, which is an Ace Hardware. Nell

  • Sheila D
    Sheila D Crystal River, FL

    Bon Ami is still around. Some stores may only have one row of it on a lower shelf-also, the stores will usually bring in a requested item if their supplier carries it.

    • Joy Us garden
      Joy Us garden Santa Barbara, CA

      Yes @Sheila D Our local Ace sells it. Nell

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