Hints & Tips from the Pros

You don’t drop your dinner plate on the floor when you’re finished. Avoid unnecessary damage–don’t drop your watering tools onto hard surfaces.

Watering Tools & Sprinklers

  • Examine your garden hose before attaching nozzles and tools. Clean off dirt, bark and debris that can create leaky connections and clog hose-end attachments.
  • Dragging your hose by its nozzle or watering tool places unnecessary stress onto the couplings. Over time, this can cause damage to your hose-end watering tools. Always grip your garden hose to pull when uncoiling or moving it.
  • Before watering, uncoil your garden hose to its full length–the farthest point away from the spigot. Untangle the hose to remove any kinks or pinch-points. Start watering while working your way back to the spigot. Recoil your hose starting from the end attached to the spigot. This way the hose is coiled and stored at the source. Drain your garden hose and store it inside during sub-zero winter months.

Cleaning Watering Tools

  • Hard water deposits, calcium and lime can build up on your watering tools and hose nozzles. To clean these deposits, soak the tool in a strong vinegar solution. Use an old toothbrush to scrub away stubborn deposits. For more extensive cleaning, soak your watering tool over night or use a calcium and lime remover solution to help dissolve hard water deposits. Rinse the tool with clean water. Dry with a soft cloth and allow to air dry completely.

Before & After Hard Water Build Up

Dramm Hard Water Deposits BEFORE Dramm Hard Water Deposits AFTER

Compact Shear

  • Clean plant sap and residue from the blades of your compact shear after each use.
  • Use a spray lubricant occasionally on the stainless steel blades and mechanism to keep your Dramm compact shears working at their very best.
  • It’s ok to wash the shears with soap and water, but be sure to rinse and thoroughly dry your shears before storage. Follow up with a spray lubricant.

Dramm Cutting Tool Maintenance Spray Lubricant


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