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How to Clean a Hedge Trimmer

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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  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. 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. 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. 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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Based in Richmond, Va., Dawn Gibbs writes about topics such as history, fashion, literature, crafts, alternative medicine and healthy living. Her work has appeared on GreenDaily.com and several style websites. Gibbs holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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