Cleaning your lawn mower not only helps machine performance, it can minimize the spread of lawn disease. Follow these four tips to keep your mower in great shape:
- Empty the gas tank and disconnect the spark plug wire. It’s possible for the mower to start on its own when the blade gets turned, which can result in serious injury.
- Rinse mower completely with a water hose from above. Aiming the hose at the side of the mower might get water into the air filter. Wash the outside with sudsy water and sponge. Rinse.
- Turn the mower on its side and clean off any built-up grass with your hands or a putty knife. Wash the underside with soapy water, then gently rinse.
- Let mower dry completely (about an hour).