Tips For Cleaning And Sterilizing Your Tree-Trimming Tools

If you have started to invest time and energy into trimming and pruning the trees on your property, then it is best that you use a dedicated set of tools to cut away limbs and branches. These tools should be both cleaned and sterilized after their use. Keep reading to learn about the process you should go through to make sure that you are clearing away debris and microorganisms from your tools.


Cleaning is different from sterilization in the fact that it removes all of the solid debris like dirt, bits of branches, and other materials from the tools. In other words, it clears all of the foreign matter away that you can see with the naked eye. This cleaning is necessary before the tools are sterilized since solid debris will obscure microorganisms and sterilizers will be unable to get to them and work upon them.

Cleaning is pretty simple and may or may not involve scrubbing, depending on the extent of the buildup on the tools. Start by removing any loose debris by wiping down the tools with a clean and damp cloth. Use soap and warm water afterwards and scrub the tools with a sponge or a hard-bristled brush. If you see any rust, then use a piece of sandpaper to remove it. Microorganisms may be present underneath the rust, and you want to get to them. Rinse the tools afterwards and set them on a clean towel to dry. 


Once all of the solid debris is gone, you should disinfect the tools. There are a few different types of materials you can use for this. If you are concerned about corrosion, then it is wise to use Lysol. However, keep in mind that while the disinfectant may help to retain the integrity of your tools, it may not kill all microorganisms. This may be an issue if your trees are infected with a disease since you will want to make sure that you are not spreading illness across your property.

Bleach, isopropyl alcohol, and trisodium phosphate are products that sterilize effectively and kill upwards of 99% of all microorganisms. They are corrosive though, so use only as much as you need and rinse your tools afterwards. 

Place the desired sterilizing agent on a clean cloth and completely wipe down your tools. Do this each and every time you use them and only after you clean them first.

If you want to know more about tree trimming and the types of tools you can use to prune your trees, speak with a tree service company like Kaily's Tree.