Whether you’re a part-time or full-time plasterer, you need to keep your tools clean and well-maintained to make sure your projects turn out well. There are many plastering tools for sale, and you can enjoy a wide variety at reasonable prices from your local hardware shops. You can properly clean and maintain your drywall tools with the following suggestions.
Scrape with Care Before Soaking in Water
Using your putty knife or drywall taping knife, try to get rid of the dried compound from your plastering tools. Get a large bucket that is big enough to submerge the tools whole. Fill it will water and soak the plastering tools for 20 minutes. The dried compound will become loose enough. But if you still have some dried compound stuck, try to soak for a longer period or use your putty knife to scrape it off again. Use a dish scouring pad to clean your tools. Make sure you don’t use a steel wool brush as it can scrape the metal.
For Stubborn Compound, Use a Concrete Dissolver
You can also try a solution called a concrete dissolver to break up the chemical components and loosen stubborn dried compound. Simply spray the concrete dissolver. It will foam up. Wait 15 minutes before wiping the mushy gunk off. If it doesn’t do the job, let the solution soak for 30 minutes. Of course, this is more expensive than using just plain water, so use appropriately.
Prevent Your Tools from Rusting
Use a rust inhibitor to prevent your drywall tools from rusting. There are many brands available in the market, but if you don’t want to spend money on this, you can use WD-40. Give it a good coating before storing your tools in a dry place.
Make Your Drywall Tools Last Longer
The better you take care of your tools, the longer you can use them, and the better your plastering projects will turn out every single time.