Tool cleaning 101
You’ll need a wire brush, steel file, bagged fine sand, steel wool, a bucket, rust protectant and linseed oil.
Brush the tool
With the tool lying on a firm surface, use a wire brush to remove large material from the blade or head, paying attention to the grooves and joins, especially where the head meets the handle.
Smooth the handle
Using a trade-quality coarse steel wool, clean the handle by lightly sanding it down. This will remove old varnish and smooth over any splinters in the timber.