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How To Clean Your Multitool


The best rated multi tool is handy because of its everyday carry, so you use it almost every day. This is a reason why you need to clean it regularly. If not, you might have to throw it away after a short time of use.


Step 1: Get rid of lint and gunk


Remove trapped gunk in the pivots and handle with a toothpick. Keep your multitool dry during this step.




Trying to poke out lint a wet multitool just makes it stuck in the pivot more, even it is more challenging to get rid of later.


It’s more efficient to use compressed air for removing lint from your multitool.


Step 2: Wash your multitool with soapy water


While step 1 is dry, this is a wet process. After making your multitool wet, get rid of all stickiness on your tool, especially the locking mechanism and pivot.


To wash out dirt and crud from your multitool, you need to use something soft like a sponge and a soft-bristle toothbrush instead of abrasive things.


Q-tips are small enough to reach and clean the inside of your multitool, but remember to fold and unfold each tool to clean them thoroughly.



Step 3: Soak your multitool


In the event of the buildup of crud, you can solve it by soaking your multitool in sudsy water.




HOT water (not boiling water that can ruin the handle) can dissolve sap, dust, dirt and other sticky residues.


It’s better to use tape to cover your multitool’s edge before scrubbing.




If you are not careful, you can cut yourself accidentally while soaking in the mixture of soap and water.


Step 4: Remove dirt remains


Removing tough spots from the first cleaning times is difficult. You can remove the dirt by using a q-tip with some drops of rubbing alcohol. You don’t have to worry about smell because the alcohol evaporates quickly.


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Step 5: Don’t disassemble your multitool


Many people think that it’s easier to take apart their multitools and reach gunk in the pivots. BUT, NEVER DO THAT.


What is the reason?


In most cases, this action can void your warranty, even when you buy the best multitool on the market. I strongly recommend you to call the company. If you are lucky, your manufacturer will clean and sharpen it professionally.


Step 6: Let your multitool dry completely


Just a little bit of moisture residue can result in corrosion, even destroying your handle. This is worse if your tool is made from wood.



Step 7: Deal with rust on the blade


Sometimes, stainless steel construction can develop rust, but this isn’t a sign of irreparable damage. Leaving it there too long can cause pitting in the blade, even destroying it.


You can use specialized products for getting rid of rust; put a small amount on a q-tip to rub the rusted parts with a mildly-abrasive pad after waiting for a few minutes. Repeat this step, if essential.


Wash and dry your multitool one more time.


Step 8: Oil your multitool


This type of tool is designed with many moving parts, such as pivots and locking mechanisms. Oiling these parts can keep them work reliably.


To clean your  best multitool, you need to remove lint and gunk in dry and wet conditions, even soak it if essential. While cleaning, don’t disassemble your tool. Or you can void your warranty.


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