How to store your tools for winter

Tool maintenance is something we cover a lot on the GT85 blog. As all tradesmen and dedicated DIYers know, it’s important to establish regular tool health checks and a good cleaning routine. Keeping your kit clean and protected prolongs the life of your tools, making sure you get your money’s worth. But what should you do with your tools during the winter months when you’re likely to be using them less? Don’t just dump them in the shed and lock the door – grab some GT85 tool spray and read this.


Before you pack your tools away for the winter, we recommend ringfencing an hour or two to inspect and clean.

  • Lie all your tools out carefully on a work bench or some tarpaulin
  • Inspect each one carefully for any damage and check they’re in good working order
  • If any need further attention, put them to one side

The best way to maintain your tools is to clean them thoroughly after every use. But if you’ve been neglecting your duties (come on, we know you…), just use a brush to knock off any surface dust and dirt, then give them a good wipe down with a damp cloth.


GT85 is the trade’s Best Kept Secret for good reason. It’s a multi-purpose tool spray that works three-fold to lube, clean and protect metals, plastics and moving parts – yes, even electricals.

Using GT85 as part of your regular tool maintenance adds a whole other level to your cleaning routine.

  • After the initial dust off and wipe, use GT85 as a cleaning product. Don’t be shy and spray the product all over the outside of each tool and give it another thorough rub down
  • Then use the red straw to get right into every nook, cranny and working part

GT85 will help flush out any of the hidden dust, dirt, or grease that may be lingering out of sight, waiting to cause you problems later down the line. And when it comes to storing your tools for winter, the clever water-displacing formula will stop you losing sleep about unwanted moisture leading to rust, corrosion and long-term damage.

  • Before tool storage, treat each item to a final coat of GT85 tool spray to repel dirt, dust and moisture

*Tools may be slippery after spraying so take care.


You probably don’t need us to tell you that your garage or garden shed are prime spots for tool storage. However, with temperatures dropping and rain never far from the forecast, we strongly advise against dumping tools in a cardboard box in a corner.

If a shed is your location of choice, do what you can to make sure it’s well insulated. Prolonged exposure to the cold can cause some tools to go brittle or crack.

Wherever you’re storing your tools, check meticulously for leaks and damp patches and either sort them out or store your tools as far away from them as possible.

  • Where possible, store power tools in the box they came in to keep dry and them dust-free. Alternatively, use a bag or cover that’s both waterproof and breathable. Something in canvas or cotton is ideal.
  • Power tools can be stored in a toolbox chest or cabinet. But keep moisture levels down by using silica gel packs or anti-rust liners.
  • Finally, consider labelling boxes so you can find what you need easily come Spring 


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