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How to Clean Your Lawnmower

When you’re finding that you're cutting your lawn as much as once a week through those long and warm summer days, you won’t want to get stuck with a dirty or faulty lawnmower. Below we have some helpful tips on how to keep your mower in tip top condition.

Cleaning an Electric Lawnmower

Step 1 - Safety Advice

Safety first: always unplug electric lawnmowers before repairing, and keep the mains plug beside you so no-one inadvertently reconnects the power supply. Wear safety gloves while working with blades.

Step 1 - Dried on Dirt & Grass

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With the machine turned off, you want to begin by unplugging the flex and using a stiff brush - proceed to dislodge any dried-on dirt and grass. This should be done on the mower housing and the outside of the machine.

Step 2 - Cleaning the Blades

Using something like a wooden spoon or spatula, scrape the underside of the mower, blade and the surrounding area. This is to help remove any caked-on grass cuttings.

Step 3 - Wipe Down

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Finally, once the caked on grass and dirt is removed you can now take a damp cloth and wipe down the appliance - making sure to avoid the motor and switches.

Important: Rremember that you should never use water for cleaning electric lawnmowers. Nor any chemicals - including petrol, solvents or any product which can destroy critical plastic parts - should be used either.

Cleaning a Petrol Lawnmower

Step 1 - Safety Advice

Safety first: before doing any maintenance on a petrol lawnmower, switch off the engine, allow it to cool and detach the spark plug cable. If not cooled, turning blades could start the engine.

Step 1 - Removing the Dried on Dirt

Similar to cleaning an electric mower, use a stiff brush to dislodge any dried grass - you’ll find this in and around the air intake, cooling fins, exhaust, oil, fuel filler caps and cables and links.

Step 2 - Scraping off the Caked on Grass

Using a wide blade screwdriver, wrap it in cloth and then use it to scrape off any caked-on grass and dirt from under the lawnmower.

Step 3 - Protect the Machine

Once the grass and dirt has been removed, spray any bare metal areas with an aerosol lubricant - this will help the metal be protected from any possible corrosion.

And there you have it, two simple guides on how to clean your petrol and electric mower after each use. It is recommended to perform these steps regularly to prevent your machine from clogging, overheating and most importantly ensuring that you can continue to cut your lawn throughout the entire season without delay.

The information provided in this article is as a guide only. eSpares accepts no liability for any problems experienced whilst attempting any repairs carried out. If in any doubt about repairing your appliance, always contact a qualified engineer.


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