How to Clean a Hedge Trimmer

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How to Clean a Hedge Trimmer
Cleaning trimmers helps keep the blades sharp. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

A hedge trimmer is a piece of garden equipment used to shape and trim shrubs, bushes and small trees. Hedge trimmers come in manual, gas-powered and electrical models. Regular cleaning of the hedge trimmers prevents rust and keeps the tool operating like new, longer. Gardeners should clean the hedge-trimmer blades after each use.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Nylon scrub brush
  • Bowl
  • Warm water
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Clean towel
  • Light machine oil
  • Rag

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  1. 1

    Unplug your hedge trimmer, if it is power operated. Run a nylon scrub brush over the blades of the hedge trimmers to get rid of any dirt or debris.

  2. 2

    Fill a small bowl with warm water and add 1 to 2 tbsp of liquid dish soap. Dip the scrub brush into the water and gently scrub the blades clean.

  3. 3

    Dampen the edge of a clean towel and wipe the blades down to rinse them. Run a dry portion of the towel over the blades to remove any water.

  4. 4

    Moisten a clean rag with light machine oil and run the rag over the top of the hedge-trimmer blade, if you have a power operated model. For manual hedge trimmers, spray a light lubricant into the joint where the blades meet near the handle. Open and close the handles three times to work the lubricant into the area.

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