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How to Clean Your Lawnmower Deck and Blade with BKF
July 7, 2021
Knowing how to clean your lawnmower deck and blade is essential. It’s summertime, the flowers are in bloom, the birds singing, the cicadas are … cicada-ing, and the grass is growing. It seems like every week; it needs to be mowed again. (According to experts, depending on your climate, rainfall, and type of grass, it needs cut every 5 to 7 days). With all that mowing, your lawnmower is bound to get dirty, grimy, and clumped up with decomposing grass. That’s where BKF can help.
How to Clean Your Lawnmower Deck and Blade
Dirty equipment of any kind can lead to problems. If you have a residential lawnmower, you know how grimy the mower deck can get. Left uncleaned, grass will build up, creating problems. Not only can the grass and grime impede the operation of the mower, generating performance issues, but it can also structurally damage the mower deck and blade, causing permanent damage.
Here’s How to Clean Your Lawnmower Deck with BKF
- Empty the mower of all gasoline
- Turn the mower on its side, exposing the inside of the deck
- Spray the deck thoroughly with a hose. Your garden hose will work fine, no need for a power wash
- Clean the interior of the deck with a soft-bristled brush
- Dampen the deck using the hose
- Spray BKF MORE Spray + Foam. Using the foam setting, the cleanser will adhere to both vertical and horizontal sides of the deck.
- Allow it to sit for one minute
- Use the soft brush to clean and wipe away foam
- Rinse with the hose
Knowing how to clean your lawnmower deck and blade helps you avoid, rust, reduced performance, and prevent grass build-up. Keep in mind the longer you wait to clean your deck, the harder it will be to clean.
How Often Should You Clean the Mower Deck?
Most manufactures recommend twice a year. Some suggest spring, fall, and two times during the season. I clean my mower deck every other mowing.
Pro Tip: Lightly spray some vegetable oil onto the deck after cleaning. It makes it more difficult for grass clippings to stick.
Cleaning the Blade
I find it’s easiest to clean the blade while I’m cleaning the deck. Since you’ve already emptied the gas, sat it in its side, and have everything you need. However, if you don’t want to do it simultaneously, here’s the procedure.
- Tip the mower on its side
- Spray with hose
- Spray the blade with BKF MORE Spray + Foam.
- Let it sit one minute
- Use a soft brush to clean
- Rinse with hose
- Wipe with a soft cloth or paper towel
Pro Tip: While cleaning your mower blade, if you notice any damage such as bending or missing chunks, replace the blade. If it’s cracked, do not use it until the blade is replaced. Do not chance a piece of the blade breaking off during operation.
In this post, we’ve concentrated on how to clean your lawnmower deck and blade because the operating parts of your mower affect the performance of your machine. However, you can use BKF on other parts of your mower.
Although many BKF fans use our products on painted metal surfaces, we don’t recommend it. It’s possible BKF products could dull or fade the finish. If you’re set on trying BKF on your mower’s painted surfaces, do a spot test first on a small out-of-the-way area.
You can use BKF on unpainted metal surfaces and plastic components of your lawn mower.
A clean mower not only looks good and inspires pride, but it also performs at a higher level. Here’s to a clean mower, a beautiful lawn, and a happy summer.
About the Author
Randy Clark is a speaker, coach, and author. He publishes a weekly blog at Randy Clark Leadership.com. Randy is passionate about social media, leadership development, and flower gardening. He’s a beer geek and on weekends (after COVID-19) he can be found fronting the Rock & Roll band Under the Radar. He’s the proud father of two educators; he has four amazing grandchildren and a wife who dedicates her time to helping others. Randy is the author of the Amazon bestseller The New Manager’s Workbook: A crash course in effective management.
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