Garden Tool Cleaning and Care

Troy-Bilt® hand tools offer a premium blend of exceptional function and ergonomic design - giving you years of long-lasting performance and comfort, whether you're pruning, trimming, weeding or digging. Keep your Troy-Bilt® garden tools tools clean, dry and oiled to prevent rust and ensure smooth operation year after year.

Mud or Dirt

To best maintain your garden tools, remove mud and dirt after each use. While this can be as simple rinsing your tools with the hose, use a mild soap-and-water mixture and a brush for more stubborn dirt. Dry thoroughly.

Tree Sap

Removing tree sap from your garden tools can prove to be a difficult task. To remove tree sap, moisten a soft cloth with an alcohol-based solution and gently rub until clean. Turpentine can also be used to remove sap. Using a dry cloth, apply ½ teaspoon of turpentine and gently rub the sap off the garden tool.

Diseased Plants

A solution of warm water and bleach will clean your tools while killing any present disease material, preventing it from spreading to your other plants. Mix 2 cups of bleach with 1 gallon of water, soaking all tools for a minimum of 10 minutes. After soaking, rinse and dry thoroughly.


Applying a drop of oil to the joints of tools like pruners and loppers will keep them from becoming stiff. A light coating of oil on blades repels rust and assures smooth cutting too. Be sure to wear protective gear, such as gloves and safety glasses when handling the blades and cleaning solutions.

Wood Handles

To keep your handles feeling smooth, start by removing all dirt and mud with soap and water. For any splintered or rough patches, use a medium-grit sandpaper to buff the wood. Using a clean, dry rag, apply ½ teaspoon of boiled linseed oil while wearing rubber gloves. Coat the entirety of the handle in oil, allowing it to soak and dry for a full 24 hours. Any thick residue or excess oil can be removed with sandpaper. Always wear gloves and allow the used rag to dry in an open space.