Stanley has been in business since 1843 and is known for its quality, long-lasting products. Originally, the company manufactured bolts and door hardware, developing its hand tools division over the years. Stanley makes cutting, woodworking, finishing and laser tools, along with many other items for all your repair or hobby needs. Properly cleaning your Stanley hand tools only takes a few minutes and helps ensure their long life by warding off rust and other damage.
Tap your Stanley hand tools lightly against a hard surface after each use to knock the dirt off of them. Scrub off any remaining dirt with a stiff bristle brush, if necessary. Over time, grass, dirt and mud degrade a tool's wood and metal surfaces.
Remove any caked-on dirt or greasy grime by washing your tools in a bucket filled with hot water and a squirt of mild dishwashing liquid.
Soak your Stanley tools for about 30 minutes, if they're heavily soiled. Scrub them with the soapy water and a sponge, cleaning cloth or wire brush, until the residue is gone.
Rinse the tools well and dry them thoroughly with a clean, soft rag to help prevent rust.
Store the tools in a place where they'll stay clean and dry. Drawers, toolboxes and hanging on a pegboard are all suitable options.
Place silica gel or vapor corrosion inhibitors in the drawers or other storage areas to absorb moisture and prevent the tools from rusting.
Check your Stanley hand tools regularly for light rust. Remove light rust by spraying the tools with a penetrating lubricant and scrubbing off the rust with steel wool. Wipe the lubricant off the hand tools with a clean, dry rag before storing them.