How to Clean Your Lawn Mower Deck
These easy maintenance tips will help keep your mower in top form
With lawn mower season still in full swing, make sure you’re cleaning your tool’s deck regularly for optimal performance. Properly removing grass clippings and other yard debris after each use is important for smooth, even mowing.
“Clippings can get stuck on the underside of the deck, reducing airflow that’s critical for mower performance,” says Misha Kollontai, the engineer who leads CR’s lawn mower testing. “These clippings can also lead to rust if the locked-in moisture—and potentially fertilizer—are exposed to the deck for too long.”
Follow these simple steps to clean the lawn mower deck:
If your mower has a washout port, the job is as simple as inserting a garden hose and letting the spray do its work. That’s easiest to do just after mowing, when the clippings are still moist.