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.
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.
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.
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.
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.