How to Keep Tools from Rusting in a Toolbox

How to Keep Tools from Rusting in a Toolbox
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Having a great selection of tools makes carrying out any job easier and a lot more enjoyable. Of course, it takes time to build up the contents of a toolbox. Once you do it you will want to keep them all in perfect condition.

One of the big worries you may have is that your tools could end up rusting in your toolbox. This could make them completely unsuitable for use, so what should you do to avoid this? Fortunately, there are some simple tips to help you out.

Keep Humidity Levels Under Control

High humidity levels can very quickly lead to your tools rusting. If you live somewhere with a lot of humidity, this is definitely something to be aware of, but it can happen in even a relatively dry climate if you store your toolbox in a damp part of the house, like a basement or near to the washing machine or air conditioning unit.

Desiccant silica gel packs are very good for keeping the inside of a toolbox free of moisture and can be bought at little cost. You could also try putting the tools inside sealed zippered storage bags, for greater peace of mind.

Above all, it is important that you store your toolbox in a cool, dry place where the tools won’t run the risk of getting rusty. It pays to spend a few minutes thinking about where the best place for your tools would be.

Avoid Getting Them Wet

Avoid Getting Them Wet

If they get wet, then there is a good chance that your tools ending up rusting. This is especially true if you don’t dry them and just leave them sitting there for a long time while wet or damp.

The first step here is to store them in a place where it is unlikely that they come into contact with any water. This means away from pipes and where there is no chance of rainwater reaching the toolbox. If they do end up getting wet,  you will need to dry them as soon as possible.

In the same way, if your tools get wet while you are working with them, you need to dry them completely before storing them away. This just means taking an extra moment to wipe them before putting them in their place.

Apply a Protective Coating

By giving your tools a protective coating you can expect them to stay in great condition for longer. This can be done in a number of different ways, depending upon the exact tools you want to protect and how thorough you want to be.

For instance, you could use a clear plastic coating or you could apply a layer of wax to it. Clearly, the first solution is a bit more difficult but can be expected to give a longer term solution. For the wax, you can use furniture or butcher’s wax on your metal tools. There are also corrosion-protection products on the market you could look at.

The best idea is to take a look at your tools and work out which ones you can protect in any of these ways. You should then keep an eye on them over time, and reapply the coating when it becomes necessary to do so.

Check Them Regularly

Check Them Regularly

One of the worst things that you can do is leave your tools in a toolbox for years on end without checking on them. If you do this then they might be rusting and deteriorating without you even knowing about it. This is especially true of those tools that you don’t use very often.

If you don’t use certain tools for long periods, they could easily sit there for years on end without you seeing them. Therefore, it is smart to check on them every now and then. This isn’t a big job but it will reassure you that everything is in order.

You could do this every 3 months, or maybe every 6 months if you prefer. It is likely that all you have to do is inspect them and maybe wipe them down before replacing them again. If you see any signs of rust you will want to clean off the rust and make sure that you protect the tool better for the future.

Now that you see how easy it is to stop your tools from rusting, it is the ideal moment to get started on looking after them. They will last you a lot longer if you just follow these simple tips.

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