How to Clean Your Hedge Trimmer Blades? Easy Tips & Tricks

How to Clean Your Hedge Trimmer Blades?

How to Clean Your Hedge Trimmer Blades?: Hedge trimmers are essential tools for any true landscaper who wants to keep their entire lawn neatly trimmed. Trimmers are ideal for trimming the bushes, trees, and shrubs that surround your house. You may use a hedge trimmer to give them a visually appealing appearance that they do not have naturally.

Your hedge trimmers will collect residue from the plants that they cut over time. This is valid for both manual and electric trimmers, as well as gas trimmers. They get the sap, soil, and other plant debris on their blades as they hack through these plants. This can cause the blades to seize and stop working properly. In the case of manual trimmers, the residue can obstruct successful cutting by covering the sharp edges.

You should take good care of your hedge trimmers during their lifespan to ensure that they work optimally. Failure to clean your trimmers will result in decreased performance and the formation of rust. It can also allow you to move potentially harmful bacteria from one plant to another.

Some plants have bacteria in or on them, and much like a disease that can spread from person to person, the same can happen with your plants. Plant diseases will devastate your yard and make it look unsightly. They can also eventually kill off some of your landscape. Don’t take the risk. Take action now!

Taking the time to clean your blades after and use or at regular intervals will allow you to retain optimum performance for longer.

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How to Clean Your Hedge Trimmer Blades?


How to Clean Your Hedge Trimmer Blades?


How To Clean Manually Operated Hedge Trimmers?

  • Rinse the blade shears with water to remove any large debris that has become attached to them. You may also soak the tool in water for a few minutes to extract some of the harder surface dirt.
  • Scrape off any substance that hasn’t fallen off with a wired brush or a putty knife.
  • Do not use steel wool or sandwiches, as this will expose the metal to the elements and cause rusting and corrosion.
  • Wear a pair of gloves. Wipe the blades with solvent to remove the sticky sap, either outside or in a well-ventilated indoor area.
  • Using a warm cloth, dry the blades.
  • Using rubbing alcohol or a combination of 1 part household bleach and 9 parts water, sterilize your razor. Allow this solution to sit on the blades for about 30 seconds before wiping them dry.

How To Clean Electrically/Gas Operated Hedge Trimmers?

  • Unplug the electrical power source or remove the spark plug connector on the gas-powered motor.
  • Remove the loose dirt and soil with a wired brush.
  • Wipe the blades with a sponge dipped in soapy water.
  • Clean off the blades with solvent to remove the sticky sap.
  • Dry your blades completely with a clean, soft cloth.
  • Spray the clean blades with a lubricant that is labeled to be useful for garden tools.

By implementing each of these methods on your manual or electric/gas-powered hedge trimmers, you can increase their durability and efficiency. Clean and care for your tools on a regular basis, and they will serve you well for the rest of your lives!

Essential Tips to Maintain Hedge Trimmers

  • Lubricate The Blades


Lubricate The Blades


Hedge trimmers work by moving toothed blades back and forth along a cutting bar. Your hedge trimmer most likely has a dual-action blade, which means two blades move in opposite directions for quicker, cleaner cutting. To keep these blades working smoothly, you’ll need to lubricate them on a regular basis.

The prescribed lubricant can be found in your owner’s manual. Before and after each use, you can oil your trimmer. This will assist in keeping the blades clean, rust-free, and moving smoothly. You may either spray the oil on the blades or brush it on with a rag.

  • Keep Blades Sharp

When your hedge trimmer blades get dull, it’s fairly easy to say. For one thing, the blades will begin to catch on branches as they cut. You’ll also note that the engine or motor is laboring. Hedge trimmer blades normally carry an edge very well, but repeated use can dull them, and they may be damaged if they come into contact with hard objects such as wire fencing.

You should sharpen your own hedge trimmers. Check your owner’s manual for instructions. You may also bring the trimmer to our service centre to get it sharpened. Some hedge trimmers cannot be sharpened, so a replacement blade is needed.

  • Clean Everything

One of the simplest things you can do to prolong the life of your hedge trimmer is to keep it clean. After each use, wipe away any dust, plant fragments, or other debris. When cleaning a hedge trimmer, particularly an electric or cordless model, never use water. This might wreak havoc on the internal workings.

When the air filter becomes dirty, clean, or uninstalls, you should also clean the carburetor area, cooling fans, and air intake on a regular basis (once a week if you use the trimmer daily). Clean the fuel tank, filter, and pipe at least once a season (or once a month if you use the trimmer daily).

  • Replace Parts As-Needed

You’ll need to inspect your hedge trimmer on a regular basis to ensure that all of the components are working properly. Otherwise, trimming would become dangerous. Before using the trimmer, ensure that the throttle trigger lock, throttle, and stop switch are all operational. Also, make certain that the handguard is in good condition and firmly installed.

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Remember to inspect other components such as cooling fans, the muffler’s spark screen, and the clutch. If they’re dirty, clean them; if they’re broken, repair them. You should also remember to replace the spark plug if it is dirty or broken. Finally, make sure all wires, ties, and bolts are tight and undamaged on a regular basis.

  • Store Properly

When not in use, keep your hedge trimmer indoors and clean it before storing it. If your trimmer came with a blade scabbard, use it while storing or transporting it. If you’re going to be keeping the trimmer for more than a few weeks, add a stabilizer to the fuel and run the engine for a few minutes to spread the stabilizer through the fuel lines and carburetor.

Final Thoughts: How to Clean Your Hedge Trimmer Blades?

Now that you know how to clean your hedge trimmer blades, it’s time to implement! Please give your thoughts in the comments!

Elysha Murphy

I'm Elysha Murphy, the creator of Easier Gardening. I am very passionate about gardening, and love sharing everything I learn about them.

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