Safely Storing your Tools and Caring for Them

4th April 2017

Taking care of your tools is essential for all tradesmen, as damaged tools can cost you money and keep you from getting the job done. Keeping your tools properly stored is, therefore, essential to running an effective business and will prevent any setbacks on the job. But it is not always obvious how you should store your tools or what kind of tool storage system you should be using. We provide some tips on how you should store your tools and some of the best ways that you can care for them, too.

Where should I store tools?

One of the first things to remember when storing tools is that they should be stored in a cool, dry place when possible. Although this might seem obvious, storing your tools somewhere that is too damp or cold can expose them to rust and damage. You should also store power tools, such as drills, in their hard plastic cases, as this offers the best protection from the elements and in general. Utilising silica gel packs is a top tip when it comes to storing tools as these can help to keep rust at bay.

How do I care for my tools?

You should make sure that you clean your tools regularly to keep them in good working order. Making sure that you regularly maintain your tools will ensure that they are fit for purpose. By doing this you can also make sure that your tools are always ready when you need them and help to prevent them from breaking. Some top tips for caring for your tools include:

  • Depending on the kind of job you are doing, you should make sure that you clean any excess dirt off your tools. This is especially important if you are a decorator or plasterer for example.
  • Soap and water are usually enough to clean most hand tools but if your tools are particularly dirty or sticky, then using WD40 can help to get rid of any excess dirt.
  • Any garden tools with wooden handles, such as spades, should be treated with a linseed oil every so often. This keeps the wood in good condition and stops it from splitting.

Can my tools be repaired?

You might have tools that you have kept for a number of years that are no longer working properly. If this is the case, then you might be considering whether or not you need to replace your tools. But many tools can actually be repaired fairly easily and can still be used effectively on all kinds of jobs. Some of the most common repair jobs include:

  • Cracked or splintered handles are a common problem for a number of hand tools. You can usually repair small cracks and splinters by sanding them out, first against, then with the grain. Use some linseed oil after to smooth over.
  • Blunt tools are another common problem. You should regularly check the sharpness of your tools as this can make your task much harder. You can get tool sharpeners in most DIY stores.
  • If your power tool doesn’t start easily then you might be able to clean it out. By removing the dust and properly lubricating the tool you might find it works perfectly well again.

If you manage your own business, you might have a lot of tools or parts that need to be kept in good condition. It is important that you do so as quality tools can be particularly expensive to buy. But it can also be difficult finding the room to store all of your tools. Our business storage is perfect for all kinds of needs. We have a range of different sized rooms to meet your needs and make sure you can fit all of your tools and supplies. Get in touch today to see how we can help.