Trowel cleaning

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#1
Whats the best/easiest way to clean my trowel ?

I have scraped,left in water, even left it in coke over night
 

lurpak

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#8
Clean as you go is fine, I always clean my regularly throughout day. But if you’re using it everyday even when cleaning, it looks clean but slowly the fat builds up on it same as handboard
 

gps

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#9
Clean as you go is fine, I always clean my regularly throughout day. But if you’re using it everyday even when cleaning, it looks clean but slowly the fat builds up on it same as handboard
@zolco tell him that’s not true, you keep everything spotless
 

Simon85

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#11
Prevention is better than cure. Clean water for every trowel, cleaning it regularly. If u keep cleaning it with dirty water it will stain the trowel and ul hada scrape it. Better to clean regularly before It builds up.
 

lurpak

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#12
A clean trowel is a sign of a good spread

A spotless trowel is sign of lazy fook who aint putting on enough
 

lurpak

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#13
Prevention is better than cure. Clean water for every trowel, cleaning it regularly. If u keep cleaning it with dirty water it will stain the trowel and ul hada scrape it. Better to clean regularly before It builds up.
So you change the water after every clean? As the water will be dirty after you clean the trowel. Don’t know how you find the time
 

Simon85

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#14
No not always, which is why I have to scrape it. But we have a lab who changes the water regularly enough when asked so doesn't need scraped all the time.
 

zolco

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#15
@zolco tell him that’s not true, you keep everything spotless
I just wipe it after each use, then leave it in the bucket of water overnight if I leave the tools behind. That film sort of skim just wipes off the next morning. I'm not a freak or anything but just hoovered my extractor out :ROFLMAO:
PS used the plumbers hoover for it, that will teach him
 

Simon85

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#16
No not always, which is why I have to scrape it. But we have a lab who changes the water regularly enough when asked so doesn't need scraped all the time.
Misread that, ideally try and clean after every pass, but realistically, probably every second pass.
 

zolco

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#18
So you change the water after every clean? As the water will be dirty after you clean the trowel. Don’t know how you find the time
Just spunk the excess gear into an empty bag or wipe it on the side of the bucket then wash it
 

lurpak

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#23
Mine are due a once over tbh once every few months
 

Rossi46

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#29
Quick scrape. Wire brush on the tang, WD40 and wipe with a brush and it’s like new every day. Takes 2-3 minutes.
 

John j

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#30
Bi card overnight with just enough water to cober blade. Little scrape every few hours when poss. Brick acid does note on plaster
 

Simon85

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#32
I worked with a bloke who left his in brick acid over night and the blade fell off, that was a scream
Left it in it over night, picked it up went to coat and it snapped. Best is he had another in it too and lifted it and it broke too.