As a lawn care specialist, I understand the importance of keeping your lawn mower in top shape to ensure efficiency and long service life. In this guide, I will provide step-by-step instructions on how to clean lawnmowers.
I will cover the required tools and equipment, safety precautions, cleaning tips for each lawn mower part, and additional tips for safe storage.
Required Tools and Equipment
Below is the list of Lawn mower cleaner tools and equipment you will need:
- Old clothes or an apron
- Rags or cleaning cloths
- Soft brush
- Gardening gloves
- Garden hose
- Small bucket or container
- Mild detergent
- Lubricant (e.g., WD-40)
- Wrench (for blade removal)
- Replacement air filters (if necessary)
- Replacement spark plugs (if required)
- Always ensure the lawn mower engine is turned off before performing any maintenance.
- Disconnect the spark plug to avoid accidental startups.
- For electric mowers, make sure they are unplugged and the batteries are removed before cleaning.
- Wear gloves to protect your hands.
- Use goggles to protect your eyes from debris and splashes.
- Keep children and pets away from the work area.
Step-by-Step Cleaning and Maintenance Instructions
1. Clean the Deck of Your Lawn Mower
- Wearing gloves and goggles, tilt the mower on its side with the air filter facing upward to prevent oil or gas from leaking into it.
- Use a soft brush to remove grass clippings, dirt, and debris from the underside of the mower deck. Be gentle as not to damage the blades or any other components.
- Spray the deck with a garden hose to remove any remaining debris.
- Ensure the water does not enter the motor or gas tank (especially for gas-powered mowers).
- Dry the underside of the mower using a clean cloth or let it air dry in a well-ventilated area.
- Check the Air Filter
- If necessary, locate the air filter housing and remove the cover using a screwdriver.
- Inspect the air filter for any signs of wear or damage.
- If the filter is lightly dirty, clean it gently with a soft brush, a mild detergent, and water. Allow it to air dry completely before reinstalling.
- If the filter is damaged or heavily soiled, replace it with a new one. Ensure the replacement filter is the correct size and type for your mower.
- Inspect the Spark Plug
2. Gas-powered mowers only:
- Locate the spark plug and carefully disconnect the wire (wearing gloves is recommended).
- Inspect the spark plug for wear or damage.
- If the spark plug is in poor condition, replace it with a new one.
- Reattach the spark plug wire once the inspection/replacement is complete.
- Change the Oil
3. Gas-powered mowers only:
- Locate the oil reservoir and drain plug.
- Place a container beneath the drain plug to catch the used oil.
- Unscrew the drain plug and allow the oil to drain into the container.
- Once drained, replace the plug and fill the reservoir with the appropriate engine oil for your mower.
4. Clean the Fuel System of your Lawnmower
Gas-powered mowers only:
- Remove the fuel tank cap and drain any remaining gasoline into a container.
- Use a rag to clean the inside of the fuel tank and remove any dirt or debris.
- Refill the fuel tank with fresh gasoline and add a small amount of lubricant (e.g., WD-40) to help keep it from gumming up.
- Replace the fuel tank cap and tighten it securely.
5. Check and clean the Carburetor of your Lawn Mower
Gas-powered mowers only:
- Locate the carburetor and remove the cover.
- Inspect the inside of the carburetor for dirt or debris and use a soft brush to clean it, if necessary.
- Spray the area with a garden hose to remove any remaining debris.
- Replace the cover and tighten it securely.
6. Sharpen or Replace Your Lawn Mower Blades
- Turn off your lawn mower engine and disconnect the spark plug before removing the blades (use a wrench).
- Inspect both blades for signs of wear or damage and sharpen them if possible using a sharpening stone. If they are severely damaged, you will need to replace them with new ones.
- Reattach the blades and tighten them securely.
7. Clean Around Your Lawn Mower
- Once you’ve finished cleaning and maintaining your lawn mower, please clean up the area around it to prevent any dirt or debris from entering the engine or fuel system.
- Use a garden hose to rinse off any remaining dirt, then use a rag to wipe down the outside of the mower.
Additional Tips for Safe Storage
Clean lawn mower after use; always store it in a dry, well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight. This will help keep its components from corroding or rusting over time and ensure maximum performance when you need it again.
Be sure to empty all fuel tanks and oil reservoirs before storing the mower to prevent spills or contamination.
Finally, always keep a fire extinguisher nearby when operating or maintaining your lawn mower in an emergency.
Following these steps can help ensure your lawn mower runs efficiently and safely for years. If you have any additional questions or need assistance with maintenance, contact a local lawn care professional for help.
Cleaning a lawn mower regularly is essential to keeping it in top shape and extending its service life. By following the steps outlined above, you can ensure that your lawn mower is cleaned and maintained correctly, helping improve its performance and extend its lifespan.
Additionally, safety should always be a priority when performing any lawn mower maintenance, so take all necessary precautions.
Finally, store your lawn mower safely away from direct sunlight when not in use. If you have any additional questions or concerns about cleaning and maintaining your lawn mower, contact a local professional for help.
This guide has provided step-by-step instructions on cleaning a lawn mower, required tools and equipment, safety precautions, and tips for safe storage. With the right knowledge and maintenance, you can keep your lawn mower in top condition for years.
Douglas Mackalie is a Founder of Mackalies Garden. He is one of the most exciting people you’ll ever meet. He has 25 years of experience in horticulture and gardening, most of which he’s spent outdoors getting his hands dirty.