How Do I Keep My Lawn Mower Clean?

The flowers will be blooming before too long, the birds will start chirping, and...the grass will start growing like crazy. Like every other type of machine, your lawn mower will need some occasional maintenance to keep it running properly and to ensure that your lawn care work is a bit more enjoyable. Here are some tips on how to keep your lawn mower clean and get it ready for action in growing season:

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Like every other type of machine, your lawn mower will need some occasional maintenance to keep it running properly and to ensure that your lawn care work is a bit more enjoyable. The flowers will be blooming before too long, the birds will start chirping, and…the grass will start growing like crazy. Let’s chat about, how you can keep your lawn mower clean?

How to Keep Your Lawn Mower Clean and Get It Ready for Action in Growing Season:

  1. Start by disconnecting the spark plug wire from the spark plug.
  2. Empty the fuel tank. Ideally, you should empty the gasoline tank before stowing the mower away for the winter. Doing this will prevent gas in the tank from forming a varnish on the inside of the fuel system. Old gas will leave these deposits in the carburetor and make the mower hard to start and keep it running.
    • The easy method is to leave the throttle wide open while the mower is running and let it run until it the petrol is used up.
    • If you feel mechanically inclined you go a step further and unbolt the tank and tip it back into your gas can and use it in another vehicle.
  3. Tip the mower over onto its side. You should try to always tip it on the opposite side of where the spark plug is located. Tip the lawn mower over such that the oil filler plug is facing upwards, rather than down. Any other orientation will likely leak oil from the filler neck.
  4. Now t’s time to clean off the grass! Remove all of the caked-on dead grass clippings that are clinging to the underside of the mower deck from last year. This is the key focal area for cleaning up your lawn mower. These clipping cakes can end up being pretty thick and stubborn to remove.
    • You may need to blast the layer of grass clippings with a garden hose or even a pressure washer to soften and loosen them up.
    • For those really stubborn clumps you may even need to scrape or chisel the hardest caked-on stuff with a putty knife or a gasket scraper to remove it.
  5.  The best way to prevent build-up of further grass clippings is to spray the underside of the deck with a silicone lubricant or a cooking spray.
  6. Next, there will likely be some debris in the air cooling fins and fan assembly. Use some compressed air to blast around the engine area to dislodge anything that is there.
  7. Suds up the rest of the machine and the upper part of the deck with soap and water and give it a good scrub. If you are feeling really generous it might appreciate a wax just like your favorite car.
  8. Lastly, it is time to reconnect the fuel tank and spark plug. Then start the mower, and let it idle for awhile. If you happen to have some trouble starting it and have to use a carb cleaner and starting fluid, that’s not a big deal— just let it run until the gunk and grime have cleared out of the carburetor and fuel tank.

Hopefully you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor. The better you take care of your mower, the longer it will last and the easier it’ll make your yard work. Here’s a list of the materials you may need if you don’t have them handy.

Tools and Materials:

  1. Silicone Lubricant
  2. Carburetor Cleaner
  3. Air Compressor
  4. Soap
  5. Water
  6. Wax
  7. Lawn mower starter fluid

What’s Next?

Hopefully know you know the answer to your question: How do I keep my lawnmower clean? But you may now also need to take the next step and start looking at a tune-up for the engine, checkout our other posts: How to change the spark plug, How to change the oil, and What is it’s life expectancy?

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