Before first use
Treat everything with linseed oil. This way handles will remain their looks, won’t dry out and dirt will not stick to the wood. Even the stainless steel parts can be treated with linseed oil, that way dirt will also not stick to the blade of a spade, rakes or hand tools.
How to maintain your tools in 4 steps:
STEP 1: Clean them
First remove pieces of dirt and rust with a hard brush (therefore we especially created our beautiful SNEEBOER brush from brass). This is important to stop the spreading of any diseases. When you have steel tools you can also treat the larger blades with rough sandpaper. This is not necessary for stainless steel tools.
STEP 2: Sharpen
A sharp spade is a pleasure to work with. Use decent tool sharpeners. Naturally we find our own developed tool sharpener very suitable for this. Only sharpen the sloping cutting edge and keep the angle of the sloping part.
Tip: Never sharpen our tools with electric sharpeners. High temperatures will develop which are changing the quality of the material.
STEP 3: Oil
Smear the blade and wooden handles with a thin layer of cooked linseed oil. Then store the cloth with linseed oil away in an air-tight can to prevent the cloth from catching fire.
STEP 4: Storage
This is the biggest challenge for most gardeners. But remember, the better you take care of your tools the longer they will last. Keep tools with wooden handles dry after using them, out of the sun and be careful with extreme temperatures and variations of humidity. Keep out of the reach of children.
It is an honour to make worlds best garden tools for you and it is our wish that you enjoy them for a long long time.
“Good Garden Tools are like best friends- not easy to find, but if you have them they will last a lifetime.”