Follow the simple directions below and your precision trimmer should cut clean and true for years to come.
The GB6 is designed for delicate trimming, so it is usually used with edibles like culinary herbs, therefore it is not recommended that you lubricate it with a petroleum based product.
If you choose to use a petroleum based lubricant or cleaner just make sure and wipe the access oil off with a dry cloth and spray a little alcohol on the blades and wipe again with another clean cloth before cutting your edibles.
I recommend using a kitchen vegetable oil to keep the GB6 lubricated.
Though the GB6 is constructed with corrosion, stain and rust resistant stainless steel, if the blade is left with plant residue or moisture on it for an extended period of time the blades will begin to corrode.
The best practice for maintenance is to clean the GB6 Trimmer at the end of each day with a little kitchen dish soap and water using an old toothbrush or something similar to clean off any sap or plant residue.
After cleaning and drying, drop a few drops of coconut, olive or any other vegetable oil on the blades. Open and close the blades a few times to make sure the oil gets in between them.
Wipe any excess oil from the Thermo Plastic Rubber Handles that may have gotten on them and store your GB6-Clean-Cut Trimmer in a dry area.
If used for their intended purposes the stainless steel blades on the GB6 will stay sharp for a very long time. Though I recommend giving them a quick clean after each use, they only need to be sharpened every few months or so depending upon use.
To sharpen, first make sure they are clean and dry. Take your file or stone and only on the beveled edge of the blades file all the way along the blade away from you in one direction. I highly recommend the DMT Diamond File Sets. They are thin and easily fit between the blades.
With slight pressure, file repeatedly, slow and easy, at nearly the same angle as the beveled edges. You will notice the edges start to shine as the old metal is shaved off. Do not file back and forth.
After the beveled edges are sharp pass the file once on the under side of the blades to clean off any metal burrs.
Once you are satisfied with the sharpness wipe clean and lubricate all the sharpened steel.
Use these tips and remember, if you keep your Garden Guru Lawn and Garden Tools clean and oiled they will probably last forever.