Step 1: Disassemble Tool
Most pruning tools are held together by a simple bolt or a couple of screws. You don’t have to take them apart, but the blades will be easier to clean and sharpen if separated.
Step 2: Clean Tool
Scrub away all dirt and rust with soap and water, use mineral spirits to dissolve any resin or stains, then dry thoroughly. More information about cleaning and removing rust from garden tools can be found in our article on How to Clean, Sharpen, and Maintain Garden Tools.