A lawnmower is one of those appliances that takes a beating but continues to run. While you can use your lawn mower for many years before it needs to be repaired, that doesn’t mean you should neglect its care. During the summer, you should clean the underside of the mower. A clean mower will last much longer, and this article will show you how to keep it looking new.
Step 1: safety comes first
A combustion engine can be somewhat unpredictable. For older lawnmowers, just pull the cord to start the engine. When the engine starts, the blade begins to rotate at a very high speed. To be completely sure that you won’t be inadvertently caught in front of a dangerous mower blade, first remove all the fuel. However, a lawn mower can start with only fumes, so remove the wire that connects to the spark plug. This will prevent the mower from tripping.
Step 2: rinse the bottom
Depending on the last time you cleaned the mower, you may only need to do this step. You should move the mower to an area where you don’t mind getting dirty. Your driveway is an ideal location. The hose must also be able to reach the mower. Once the mower is where you want it, you flip it to the side. This will allow debris to fall off the mower instead of settling to the bottom. Drag the hose towards the mower and turn it on. Make sure you have a spray nozzle fitted as any other will not do the job. Aim the water stream at the edges of the bottom to remove grass and dirt.
Step 3: remove stubborn debris
Even a hose with good water pressure will not be able to remove all debris. Take the block of wood and start to remove those hard spots by scraping them on the top, bottom, and sides to remove debris. The grass will quickly adhere to metal and plastic and the wood block is hard enough to remove dirt, but soft enough not to damage the mower. You can also take a paint scraper and remove any other residue that won’t come off with the water spray or the wood block is strong enough.
Step 4: the final rinse
After all the steps above are completed, there may still be some debris that appears to be present. To know for sure, you’ll want to turn the hose back on. Get closer to the bottom and focus on removing the debris that was present before to remove what is left. When all is said and done, use the shovel to remove the debris from the garbage bag.