Tom and Joani MacCubbin show you how easy it is to clean and sharpen your used and abused gardening tools and make them look
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Joani MacCubbin: HI, I’m Joani MacCubbin and welcome to His and Hers Gardening.Com. Tom MacCubbin: And I’m Tom MacCubbin and well, we’re not going to be doing what you’re thinking. We’re not pruning hedges today, but we’re cleaning the tools and Joani has the technique down just perfect. Joani MacCubbin: It’s perfect. Tom MacCubbin: Oh, there’s my scissors. I wonder where they went to. Joani MacCubbin: Okay, clean now! Okay. Tom MacCubbin: Well that’s good. There are good benefits in this folks. So where do we start off here? Joani MacCubbin: Yes. Well, I’m going to start up with this, okay? Well, I’d like to use Brillo, and I soak it in water first. Tom MacCubbin: Well, I like to see you’re cleaning, that’s good, yeah. Joani MacCubbin: Anyway, I use this and you can take a perfectly, terribly—look at that. Tom MacCubbin: Look at that. Joani MacCubbin: And it’s not a lot of shearing like you do with the file and that’ll work, just not, and we’ll turn it over, of course. Tom MacCubbin: Look at that. I’ll bet you everybody has a dirty pair of shears out there. Joani MacCubbin: In doing this really sharpens it in a way too, and I really like it. Tom MacCubbin: Yeah, it’s incredible if you don’t say that. Joani MacCubbin: And after all the winter, it’s time to clean up all your tools, it’s just that time. Tom MacCubbin: Look what it did to my scissors, they are my favorite scissors. Joani MacCubbin: Isn’t that nice they actually work? Tom MacCubbin: Yeah, these are special scissors, there’s one that go through and do some nice pruning at the same time. Let me show you about my nice dirty pair of shears here. Will Brillo clean on a pair too, you think? Joani MacCubbin: I think that’s going to take more time than we have Tom MacCubbin: Okay. But here’s what I like to do, I like to go through sharpen the edges because everybody is cutting things they shouldn’t be cutting, like right there I can see where I cut a nail, yeah, nail probably or something. Joani MacCubbin: My nails? Tom MacCubbin: No, that was true nails I’d put in the tree probably. But all you have to do is just take a file and file the bevels, see how it’s cleaning it up right there and just getting the edge, I'm restoring the edge to the file, it doesn’t take a whole lot and then you can turn it over on the other side because you’ll leave a little bit of a burr, there we go. Joani MacCubbin: That’s nice. Tom MacCubbin: It’s going to clean it up real well, just like that. It makes it nice and sharp again, so I’ll really go through on this some great cutting. So what’s next? Joani MacCubbin: Okay. Well next, I rinse this off very well and you got to do that and you have to leave it out to dry. And I have this towel that it’s our favorite. Does this towel look familiar? Tom MacCubbin: Yeah, yeah, yeah, like I used that this morning. Oh, okay. Joani MacCubbin: Well, okay. We’ll just use it just this once. Oh, that’s got black stain. Anyway you rinse it off really, really nice and you leave it working dry nicely, you don’t want anymore rush showing up where those two blades come together, okay? Tom MacCubbin: What can you do with this pair of scissors? Joani MacCubbin: Oh, I can do it, I can do it. Let me have this wonderful scissors. Tom MacCubbin: Oh yeah. Our scissors in landscape is most valuable, let me tell you. Talking about using pruners and these are nice and pretty limps everything, but you really need a nice pair of scissors, going to cut dead heads and things like that. Wow, we’re cleaning up good. Joani MacCubbin: Look at that and all of a sudden when you close those blades, you know you’ve got it sharpened and well cleaned. Tom MacCubbin: Yeah, and just a little bit of extra care on your tools, they’re so important and they’re so expensive too quite often, I think some of them. Joani MacCubbin: Yes, yes. This way, you can end up gardening with the, ah, really cheap pair of scissors and it’ll last you a long time with that. Tom MacCubbin: Yeah, okay. So what do we do next, Joani? We oil up or something like that? Joani MacCubbin: It’s a good idea. After they’re dried really, really well, you can use a lot of different products like any oil, light oil, a sewing machine oil, a three-in-one oil, WD40 works nice, and you clean up all your tools. Tom MacCubbin: Yeah, and on this one here, I think it’s just more, just old stuff on that and we go through and just pull it down like we have there, maybe clean lop, kind of rub it around just a little bit and all of a sudden we got a pair of tools that are really going to be out there working well for. So, we can do with all of them, we got other scissors like this here, you’ve got some of your favorite loppers like that. We can get them all right back in shape. So, with those tools that are rusting get them cleaned up. Joani MacCubbin: Well, I guess that’s all for now. Tom MacCubbin: And for more helpful videos visit hisandhersgardening.com.