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How to Clean Makita Tools

Maintenance Tips, Makita Tools | March 30, 2021

If you own Makita power tools, knowing how to properly clean and care for them is crucial for maximizing their performance and usable life. Infrequent or inadequate cleaning can lead to the buildup of dirt and other debris, accelerating wear and increasing the risk of a safety incident. To ensure that owners know how to clean Makita tools, the experts at Western Equipment have built a list of important cleaning steps.

Learn more about Makita battery care tips for your cordless tools.

Steps for Cleaning Makita Tools

Following and performing these steps at regular intervals will ensure reliable and long-lasting performance for your Makita tools. Proper cleaning is also ideal for sanitation and germ elimination for tools that may be used by multiple operators.

1. Disconnect Tools from Their Power Source

Before starting any cleaning procedures, ensure that your tools are disconnected from their power source. For corded tools, unplug the cord from an outlet and keep it away from the water. For cordless tools, the battery should be completely removed.

2. Remove any Moving Parts

If your tools have any moving parts such as drill bits or blades, they should be removed and cleaned separately. This is also true for sensitive electrical components, as they should be removed or adequately shielded from water.

3. Loosen Dirt and Dust Buildup

Utilize compressed air to loosen any old dirt or dust that has accumulated in the crevices and grooves of your tools.

4. Prepare a Simple Cleaning Solution

Fill a small container or bucket with a cleaning solution that is equal parts warm water and all-purpose cleaner. This cleaner should be effective for degreasing in addition to general cleaning.

5. Gently Clean Tools with a Cloth

Submerge a cloth in the cleaning solution and start wiping the tools down using low to moderate pressure. Ensure that the cloth is rinsed at regular intervals for an optimal cleaning experience.

6. Scrub for Heavier Buildup and Debris

For exceptionally tough buildups, consider using a wire brush or steel wool. These items can also be effective for removing or preventing rust from forming on your tools. Remember to scrub with light pressure to avoid scratching the surface of your tools.

7. Let the Tools dry and Reassemble

Once each tool is sufficiently clean, set them down to dry on a towel or other moisture-absorbent surface. After the tools are dry, reassemble any moving parts and add the batteries back for cordless units.

If you use your tools every day, these steps should be performed at least once per month. To learn more about proper cleaning procedures or to see which Makita tools are best for your needs, reach out to the experts at Western Equipment. Our team can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to assist you with your equipment needs.