How to Keep Grass from Sticking Under the Mower Deck?
This is such a common problem. Everyone who has ever mowed their lawn more than a few times has experienced grass sticking under the mower deck. It’s a pain in the butt, not just because it takes time to clean it off (especially if you let it dry on – boy that can be a nightmare), but also because if you don’t remove this build-up of clippings, it can have some pretty serious consequences for your mower and worsen its performance significantly.
But how do you keep grass from sticking under the mower deck? That’s the million-dollar question. There are a few different things you can try including adjusting your mowing habits, and coating the underside of the deck with a few different substances such as cooking spray or a product like Fluid Film.
Which one works best? – I’ll discuss my favorite method in this post. But first things first – why is the grass that sticks to your mower’s undercarriage so bad?!
Why You Need to Prevent Grass Build-Up on the Underside of the Mower Deck
Keeping the mower deck clean and free of clippings is not something you just do for show. It’s not because you want your mower to “look its best” (you don’t actually ever see under the deck anyway unless you lift it up…). It’s important as the consequences of not doing so can be pretty serious. These include:
Chutes Becoming Blocked
The build-up of clippings will eventually start to narrow the openings to the grass catcher and the discharge chute, which in turn will cause more clumping and more build-up on the undercarriage. It’s the definition of a vicious circle. Bad for your mower and bad for your lawn, as clumps that are left behind can promote the growth of things like lawn fungus.
Deck Becoming Corroded
Wet grass stuck to a metal deck for long periods of time is a recipe for disaster, and can result in the deck corroding. If that happens, you’re in a tricky situation. You may well have to get a new mower. Another rather unpleasant side-effect of a mower deck coated in wet clippings is mold and mildew. And that stinks when it’s left to fester in a garage or shed. Trust me!
Strain on Your Mower
Your mower won’t be anywhere near as efficient if airflow is reduced and the exit chutes are blocked, which forces it to work harder and harder to try and deliver the cut. This is not good for your mower, especially the motor, and can reduce its lifespan significantly.
Increased Fuel Consumption
The added strain placed on the mower will usually also result in it using more fuel to mow the same amount of lawn. So not only are these clippings shortening your mower’s lifespan, they’re costing you more in fuel too!
Last but not least, the mower that you once respected so greatly for the job that it did is now barely scraping a C-. What is happening.
We know the problem, so let’s now FOCUS on how to prevent grass from sticking under the mower deck.
A Few Adjustments that Can Reduce Grass Sticking Under the Mower Deck
The first thing that I’d recommend you do is make the following adjustments. Now, these aren’t going to eliminate the grass build-up altogether, but they can definitely help to reduce it. And they’re easy to implement. So why not do it?!
Mow When It’s Dry
Now, this might sound pretty darn obvious, but you’d be surprised at just how many people don’t connect the dots. Mowing wet grass always leads to more clippings sticking to the mower deck. Wet grass = sticky grass. Just by only mowing when it’s dry, you can reduce the amount of build-up you see under the deck by quite a bit.
Little and often is the absolute key when it comes to mowing. If you let your grass grow too much, the clippings are much longer and there’s more chance of clumping and build-up under the deck. There are soooo many benefits to keeping on top of your mowing, and this is another one.
Keep Your Mower in Good Condition
Another kind of obvious point. None of this is rocket science. If your mower is only working at 50% of its capacity, and is struggling to eject the clippings out from the deck once they’ve been cut, they’re more likely to stick to it. So by keeping your mower in tip-top condition you can lessen the chances of this. Regularly check that the air filter is clean and not clogged, and check oil and gas levels.
Now that we’ve covered a few basic adjustments, it’s time to talk about products you can use to help stop grass from sticking under the mower deck.
How to Stop Grass from Sticking Under the Mower Deck: Some Coatings You Can Apply
One thing that needs mentioning before we get to discussing the potential solutions that I’m going to share is that the deck must be clean before attempting to coat it in any of these substances. Applying them to a deck that is already coated in clippings will have no impact at all. So don’t waste your time and money by doing that. Fully clean the underside of your deck first so that there are no clippings whatsoever. Obviously, if your mower is new you can ignore this.
Just to be clear, I’m yet to find a product that will 100% prevent grass from sticking to the underside of a deck. Some grass varieties are also worse than others for this problem. But here’s a few things that I have personally found to be worth trying:
Non-Stick Cooking Spray/Vegetable Oil
This is a very cheap and easy solution to try, since you probably already have some at home. I’ve found that it helps to reduce the amount of clippings that stick quite significantly, although it’s a short-term solution. You’ll need to apply it regularly to see these benefits. Some people will probably tell you to use WD40 or used engine oil, which both have a similar effect, but if they get on the lawn they can be very harmful to it, which is why I prefer cooking spray/oil (I like Pam oil).
I use Fluid Film now and it does a pretty good job. Again, it doesn’t eliminate build-up completely, but it definitely helps to reduce it, so you don’t need to do a full clean quite so often (although I have to say, I’m a big fan of giving the deck a quick wash after every mow – don’t give the clippings a chance to dry out).
It also protects your deck from rusting, so you get two benefits for the price of one. It’s not the cheapest solution to this problem, but the best option is not always the cheapest…
DuPont Non-Stick Spray
This is not a product that I’ve personally used but it’s something that I’ve heard good things about and it has good ratings. It applies a non-stick dry-film Teflon coating to the surface underneath your mower deck to prevent clippings from accumulating. It’s been on my list of “need to try” items for a while. If you get around to using it before me, let me know!
Final Thoughts: There’s No Solution that’s 100% Effective
The build-up of grass clippings on the underside of a mower deck is a necessary evil. Whatever you do, you’re going to get some sort of build-up on the deck (I hope I’m not bursting anyone’s bubble…). BUT…you can reduce that build-up significantly by following the tips we’ve discussed above (I’d go for Fluid Film the mowing adjustments mentioned). And that makes it much easier when you clean the deck – there won’t be anywhere near as much caked on, and it’s going to help keep your deck in much better condition for longer.
About Tom Greene
I’ve always had a keen interest in lawn care as long as I can remember. Friends used to call me the “lawn mower guru” (hence the site name), but I’m anything but. I just enjoy cutting my lawn and spending time outdoors. I also love the well-deserved doughnuts and coffee afterward!
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Thanks, Tom for the information. Do you have any other hints as to how to keep the underside of the mower clear and clean?
Hi Douglas, There are really lots of things you could use to keep the grass from sticking to your deck and keep it clean. Products with Teflon, silicone, and PTFE seem to work very well at stopping the grass from sticking. Just be careful that whatever you use isn’t going to harm your grass or cause any issue to the lawn mower. Cheers, Tom.
Tom, what is your opinion on washing the underside of the deck with the hose nozzle or a pressure cleaner? I used to do this after every mowing on a Kubota ZT mower I had. After failing bearings on two occasions the dealer told me I was injecting water into the bearing compartments (they claimed they found rust in them). I now own a newer version of the same Kubota mower and avoid using water. I spray the deck before mowing with WD-40 or other products, then I scrape off the deck underside after mowing with a metal blade. This is quite tedious and takes a long time, especially this time of year when grass is very thick and grows fast. I’d like to go back to at least limited washing of the deck. What do you say?
Hi Jon, Well, I would have to see it with my own eyes to believe it. I would think it would be more likely that the spindles and bearing were low on grease resulting in excessive wear. Kubota states that their ZT mowers should have their deck spindles greased every 50hs, so if this schedule wasn’t adhered to, then I could understand why there would be a problem. Now, yes, you could jet water between the spindle housing and the spindles if you sprayed in the right spot for long enough. But would this really be enough to cause a mechanical failure? Maybe, I guess. If it were me, I would continue washing the underside of my deck and just avoid directly washing the spindle with a power washer and use WD-40 just as you do. After all, lawn mower decks come into contact with water all the time, plus the blade is spinning at over 200mph. So I’m guessing the water is coming into contact with the spindle at a pretty fast pace, even without washing. The only extra thing I do is run my blades for a minute or two once I have finished washing. This gets rid of any water in places where it shouldn’t be. Plus, I dry my lawn mower off with a leaf blower. I hope this helps. Tom.
Ceramic Coating Your Lawn Mower!? Here’s Why You Might Want To Do So
Ok, DIY detailers. After you get your car is shined and protected there are endless things around the house that could be tricked out from a ceramic coating. We’ve heard of customers…
- Ceramic coating their phone screens
- Ceramic coating their home Windows
- Ceramic coating their RVs
- Ceramic coating their…airplanes
- …and today you’re going to learn about ceramic coating the ol’ mower.
Lawn and garden care is comparable to DIY auto detailing when it comes to the sheer number of available products, tools, and chemicals. Nowadays, having a perfect lawn is not just about having a green thumb, but also being armed with a little creativity and a handful of cheats and hacks to assist you.
Like any successful project, achieving an immaculate lawn requires the right equipment and some clever enhancements to ensure optimal performance. One of the most common concerns people face when tending to their lawns is figuring out how to prevent grass from sticking to the mower deck, which can lead to reduced efficiency and extra maintenance.
Fear not, for there’s a perfect solution to tackle this pesky problem — ceramic coating your lawn mower! In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of this ingenious non-stick coating for mower decks and discuss whether it’s truly the game-changer you’ve been waiting for in your lawn care arsenal.
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Redline Shine is a 7H hardness polysiloxane ceramic coating that protects your vehicle from grime, contaminants chemicals. You’ll get up to 2 years of protection even in the harshest conditions.
Why Your Mower Might LOVE a Ceramic Coating
Ceramic coating, an innovative technology initially designed for the automotive industry, has been making waves in all sorts of industries…even lawn care…for its exceptional non-stick properties. So, why exactly do mowers need a ceramic coating?
Ceramic coatings create a high-gloss finish that gives your mower a stunning, polished appearance. The glossy surface not only looks impressive but also highlights the mower’s design features, making it a head-turner in your lawn care arsenal.
Depth and Clarity
One of the key advantages of ceramic coatings is the depth and clarity they bring to your mower’s appearance. The coatings accentuate the paint’s natural richness and vibrancy, making your mower look fresh and new. The enhanced depth and clarity of the color add an extra touch of sophistication to your equipment.
Dirt and Grime Repellent
Ceramic coatings are designed to repel dirt and grime, ensuring your mower looks clean and well-maintained for longer periods. The hydrophobic properties of the coating make it difficult for dirt to adhere to the surface, reducing the need for frequent cleaning and keeping your mower looking pristine.
A ceramic coating also offers a certain level of scratch resistance, protecting your mower’s surface from minor scratches and scuffs. While not entirely scratch-proof, the coating’s hard layer minimizes the impact of everyday wear and tear, maintaining the mower’s polished appearance.
Enhanced UV Protection
Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause your mower’s paint to fade over time. Ceramic coatings provide UV protection, preventing the paint from losing its vibrancy and ensuring the mower retains its eye-catching shine.
Enhanced Mowing Efficiency
One of the primary reasons to opt for a ceramic coating on your mower deck is the enhanced efficiency it offers. When grass clippings stick to the mower deck, airflow is impeded, leading to reduced cutting performance and an uneven trim. A ceramic coating creates a hydrophobic, non-stick surface, preventing grass clippings from clinging to the mower deck and enabling optimal airflow for consistently clean, precise cuts.
Reduced Maintenance and Cleaning
A ceramic-coated mower deck not only improves your mowing experience but also simplifies the post-mowing cleanup. Thanks to its non-stick properties, grass clippings slide right off the coated surface, making it a breeze to remove any remaining debris with a quick rinse or wipe. This means less time spent on cleaning and maintenance, freeing up more time to enjoy your pristine lawn.
Protection from Corrosion and Wear
Ceramic coatings provide a thin, yet durable layer of protection against the elements. By creating a chemical-resistant barrier on the mower deck’s surface, the ceramic coating prevents moisture, dirt, and chemicals from causing rust, corrosion, and other types of wear. This extra layer of defense not only keeps your mower looking new for longer but also extends its life, ensuring it stays in peak condition for many mowing seasons to come.
Why DIYers are FLOCKING to Redline Shine to Ceramic Coat Their Mower Decks
When it comes to caring for your lawn mower, while aesthetics can be important, improving its performance is crucial. The latest and greatest innovation from Torque Detail, Redline Shine, is not only a perfect solution for your mower, but also an ideal ceramic coating to make your entire mower deck glisten and be non-stick.
Glowing Radiant Shine With Deep Depth
Get 2 Years of Protection With This Scratch Chemical Resistant Coating
6k Verified Customer Reviews
Redline Shine is a 7H hardness polysiloxane ceramic coating that protects your vehicle from grime, contaminants chemicals. You’ll get up to 2 years of protection even in the harshest conditions.
- Enhanced Mower Aesthetics: Torque’s Redline Shine isn’t just for your mower deck — it can be applied to your entire mower, making it look brand new and polished. The advanced ceramic coating formula gives your mower a stunning glossy finish, ensuring it stands out and looks as impressive as the lawn it maintains.
- Unparalleled Mower Deck Performance: While the aesthetic appeal of Redline Shine is undeniable, its benefits go beyond the surface. Coating your mower deck with Redline Shine helps prevent grass clippings from sticking, ensuring optimal mowing efficiency. The hydrophobic, non-stick surface created by the ceramic coating ensures grass clippings slide right off, allowing for smooth operation and even cuts.
- Advanced Protection and Durability: The innovative formula of Redline Shine combines the hardness of ceramic coatings with the flexibility of sealants, providing unmatched protection and durability. This protective layer shields your mower and deck from moisture, dirt, and chemicals that can cause corrosion and wear, helping to extend the life of your equipment.
- DIY-Friendly Application: Redline Shine is designed with the DIY enthusiast in mind. The easy-to-follow instructions and user-friendly application process make it simple for anyone to achieve a professional-grade result without requiring special equipment or professional assistance. This ensures you can protect and enhance your mower’s appearance and performance with ease.
- Long-lasting and Cost-effective: Redline Shine’s protective properties last up to 2 years, ensuring you won’t need to reapply the coating frequently. This makes it a perfect cost-effective and hassle-free solution for both the appearance and functionality of your mower and mower deck.
How to Apply Redline Shine to Your Mower
Applying Redline Shine to your lawnmower is a simple and straightforward process. Here are the steps you can follow to achieve a professional-grade result:
- Clean the Mower Deck: Before applying Redline Shine, make sure your mower deck is clean and free of any dirt, debris, or grass clippings. You can use a hose or pressure washer to spray down the deck and remove any loose material.
- Give your mower a wash and soapin’: Once the mower deck is clean, apply Torque Detail Foam Decon Wash to remove any remaining dirt or grime. This high-quality cleaning solution will help prepare the surface for the ceramic coating. Check out our 2-bucket wash instruction for more details.
- Clay bar your mower or mower deck for best results: There’s a lot of barely noticeable contaminants in your paint. This goes double for your mower deck a lot of people never wash. To ensure the surface is perfectly smooth, use Torque Detail Clay Bar Kit to remove any contaminants, such as tree sap or tar. This step will ensure that the Redline Shine coating adheres properly and provides maximum protection.
- Want a pristine mower?Remove scratches like this. Use Torque Detail Reverse: If there are any scratches or swirls on the surface of your mower deck, use Torque Detail Reverse to remove them. This step will help ensure that the Redline Shine coating will provide a smooth and even finish.
- Apply Redline Shine to add protection and shine: Take a small microfiber sponge and apply Redline Shine directly to it. Then, apply the ceramic coating to the entire mower deck, making sure to cover all surfaces evenly. The hydrophobic and non-stick properties of Redline Shine will ensure that grass clippings do not stick to the surface, allowing for optimal mowing efficiency.
- Buff with a High-Quality Microfiber Towel: Once you have applied Redline Shine to your mower deck, wait for the rainbow effect to disappear before buffing the surface with a new high-quality microfiber towel. This step will help ensure a flawless and stunning glossy finish.
Ceramic Coating Your Mower Deck: A Summary
Torque’s Redline Shine is the ultimate ceramic coating solution for your mower and mower deck. With its advanced formula, easy application process, quick curing time, and long-lasting performance, Redline Shine is a game-changer for lawn care enthusiasts looking to improve the efficiency and longevity of their equipment. Give your mower deck the protection it deserves with Torque’s Redline Shine, and revel in the satisfaction of a perfectly manicured lawn.
How to Clean Your Lawnmower Deck and Blade with BKF
Knowing how to clean your lawnmower deck and blade is essential. It’s summertime, the flowers are in bloom, the birds singing, the cicadas are … cicada-ing, and the grass is growing. It seems like every week; it needs to be mowed again. (According to experts, depending on your climate, rainfall, and type of grass, it needs cut every 5 to 7 days). With all that mowing, your lawnmower is bound to get dirty, grimy, and clumped up with decomposing grass. That’s where BKF can help.
How to Clean Your Lawnmower Deck and Blade
Dirty equipment of any kind can lead to problems. If you have a residential lawnmower, you know how grimy the mower deck can get. Left uncleaned, grass will build up, creating problems. Not only can the grass and grime impede the operation of the mower, generating performance issues, but it can also structurally damage the mower deck and blade, causing permanent damage.
Here’s How to Clean Your Lawnmower Deck with BKF
- Empty the mower of all gasoline
- Turn the mower on its side, exposing the inside of the deck
- Spray the deck thoroughly with a hose. Your garden hose will work fine, no need for a power wash
- Clean the interior of the deck with a soft-bristled brush
- Dampen the deck using the hose
- Spray BKF MORE Spray Foam. Using the foam setting, the cleanser will adhere to both vertical and horizontal sides of the deck.
- Allow it to sit for one minute
- Use the soft brush to clean and wipe away foam
- Rinse with the hose
Knowing how to clean your lawnmower deck and blade helps you avoid, rust, reduced performance, and prevent grass build-up. Keep in mind the longer you wait to clean your deck, the harder it will be to clean.
How Often Should You Clean the Mower Deck?
Most manufactures recommend twice a year. Some suggest spring, fall, and two times during the season. I clean my mower deck every other mowing.
Pro Tip: Lightly spray some vegetable oil onto the deck after cleaning. It makes it more difficult for grass clippings to stick.
Cleaning the Blade
I find it’s easiest to clean the blade while I’m cleaning the deck. Since you’ve already emptied the gas, sat it in its side, and have everything you need. However, if you don’t want to do it simultaneously, here’s the procedure.
- Tip the mower on its side
- Spray with hose
- Spray the blade with BKF MORE Spray Foam.
- Let it sit one minute
- Use a soft brush to clean
- Rinse with hose
- Wipe with a soft cloth or paper towel
Pro Tip: While cleaning your mower blade, if you notice any damage such as bending or missing chunks, replace the blade. If it’s cracked, do not use it until the blade is replaced. Do not chance a piece of the blade breaking off during operation.
In this post, we’ve concentrated on how to clean your lawnmower deck and blade because the operating parts of your mower affect the performance of your machine. However, you can use BKF on other parts of your mower.
Although many BKF fans use our products on painted metal surfaces, we don’t recommend it. It’s possible BKF products could dull or fade the finish. If you’re set on trying BKF on your mower’s painted surfaces, do a spot test first on a small out-of-the-way area.
You can use BKF on unpainted metal surfaces and plastic components of your lawn mower.
A clean mower not only looks good and inspires pride, but it also performs at a higher level. Here’s to a clean mower, a beautiful lawn, and a happy summer.
About the Author
Randy Clark is a speaker, coach, and author. He publishes a weekly blog at Randy Clark Leadership.com. Randy is passionate about social media, leadership development, and flower gardening. He’s a beer geek and on weekends (after COVID-19) he can be found fronting the Rock Roll Band Under the Radar. He’s the proud father of two educators; he has four amazing grandchildren and a wife who dedicates her time to helping others. Randy is the author of the Amazon bestseller The New Manager’s Workbook: A crash course in effective management.
How to Keep Grass From Sticking to Mower Deck- 5 Experienced Tactics
grass build up under a lawnmower deck is a painful matter. It leaves clumps of grass on the lawn garden, rusts out the deck leads to messy, slow cutting due to reduced airflow. A protective coating will slow down the grass build-up but nothing will eliminate the need for regular cleaning.
You know How to keep grass from sticking to mower deck. So as you run your lawnmower blades of mow grass are constantly being whipped against the inside of the mower blade.
Over time this causes a build-up of grass underneath the mower that you will eventually have to wash and scrape off.
How to Keep Grass from Sticking to Mower Deck-Step by Step are Below
Luckily there is a simple way to keep your mower deck clean in proper condition. Today we’ll show you how to do that also provide a few cutting tips along the way!
Why Is Grass Buildup Bad?
Grass buildup can cause a variety of problems once it gets thick enough. To begin with, Grass buildup will affect the efficiency of a mower blade. A mower’s ability to cut more grass the overall performance of the mower inhibits airflow throughout the deck.
Lawn Mowers Use Airflow to Operate Efficiently
By design mowers need suitable airflow to operate correctly. The blades of grass won’t get sucked up into the mower deck efficiently the mower blade will not mow the grass adequately.
If grass build-up is bad enough, it causes friction resistance on the mower’s ability to mow grass it can even strain the mower’s engine cause it to curb down.
Moisture Causes Rust
Given enough time that moisture will cause rust eventually making the mower blade unusable, if left unchecked.it is important to keep grass from building up inside your mower deck. Let’s take a look now at some simple steps you can follow to prevent grass buildup on your mower deck.
Lawn Mower Deck Spray
Method1: Access Clean the Mower Deck
Before you can do anything else you need to get under your lawnmower give the underside of the mower deck a thorough cleaning. Some mowers have a hose attachment builtin to the top of the mower deck. If you can use it to clean out the underside of your deck as you normally would.
However, If you need to clean the mower deck by flipping it over.
Here is our recommendation
Firstly, disconnect the spark plug before turning it over to prevent damage ensure your own safety. Secondly, tip the mower over keep the gas oil reservoirs kept on the top side to avoid spilling. You should also consider emptying the gas tank before cleaning the mower deck.
Household Tools to Clean Mower
Firstly, spray the underside of the deck with a hose let it soak for (5-10) minutes to soften up. Then, using a stiff plastic putty knife remove the heaviest grass buildup followed by a soft bristle brush soapy water to remove the remaining grass.
Make sure all of the old grass has been removed from the mower deck then proceed to the next step also.
Method2: Learn How To Repaint Mower Deck
Lawn Mower Deck manufacturers apply baked-on enamel paint to the entire lawn mower deck. This paint is essential to avoiding grass build-up. Remember you want the grass blades to slide off the mower deck. Anything that hinders that will cause the grass to stick.
If your mower deck underside paint of your mow is in bad condition. We highly recommend repainting it with lawn mower paint. The suggestions we offer below will have less value for how to keep grass from sticking to the mower deck if the paint on your mower is severely scratched and rusted.
Method3: How To Apply Coating to Avoid Grass Build Up
The reason that grass builds upon the underside of a lawnmower is that the surface allows it to stick. Once one layer of grass has built up others can gradually accumulate on top of it until you have bold layers of grass caked on your mower deck.
Lawn Mower Deck Spray
The best easiest way to prevent. This is to apply a spray lubricant that will keep the grass from sticking in the first place of the garden. One of the most popular options for lubricating the underside of your mower deck is Dupont Teflon non-stick and dry-film lubricant.
This spray lubricant while not designed specifically for use on mower decks blades is one of the most economical highest rated sprays to avoid grease, grime, dirt build-up it works amazingly on mower decks as well.
Other top-rated products branded as a spray-on lubricant for lawnmower decks include Tite Seal for lawnmower decks sold at Amazon.
Home Remedies To Coat Mower Deck
If you do not have a specialized spray. There is any number of other home lubricants that’ll work well enough to get the job done. A few of the available options include (WD-40) vegetable oil non-stick kitchen spray. Motor oil can also work but it has a habit of dripping off after a while would not be our first choice.
If you choose to use a non-spray oil. Be sure to rub it into the surface of the lawnmower deck with a rag to ensure complete coverage maximum adhesion. Clean off any excess non-spray oil before using the mower deck.
Graphite Coating for Lawn Mower Deck. A final option for preventing grass buildup is to use graphite spray coating. Graphite is a commonly used industrial lubricant it also does a great job preventing grass from sticking to your lawnmower deck.
As with any other spray lubricant, be sure you are starting with a completely dry clean deck. Most graphite sprays dry fairly quickly. But there will be a brief period of about 30 min. Required for drying when using graphite. To be sure you are applying the spray correctly thoroughly read follow all directions provided on the bottle.
Method-4: Change Mowing Habits to Prevent Future Build-up
Even with a lubricant on the lawnmower deck. The grass will eventually build-up has given enough time the right conditions.
Wait For Grass To Dry
You should always wait until your grass is completely dry to cut it. Cutting after a rainstorm and in the morning after a heavy dew will introduce more moisture into the clippings make them more likely to stick together. It is also a good idea to set the height adjustment on your lawnmower higher.
We recommend using a 3-inch height if your lawnmower can go that high. Also, If you use your lawnmower on a short setting height to scalp your lawnmower. You create much longer blades of grass. Of course more chance for buildup under the mower deck.
Cut Grass Often
If you raise your lawnmower deck opt for slightly longer grass. You will find that you may have to cut more. Incidentally, when you keep your grass longer it keeps shade at the roots creates a much healthier, thicker greener lawn deck keeps the weeds from getting a foothold.
Method5: Maintain Lawn Mower Deck Coating
Once you have coated your lawn mower deck with a lubricant, it is essential to maintain that coating over time.
Routinely, attempt to keep the lawnmower deck dry avoid running over sticks twigs as much as possible as either water and impacts from solid objects will wear down the coating over time.
From time to time re-apply deck coating to keep the lawnmower deck in optimal condition. We recommend re-apply coating at least every 24 mowings. This should keep your mower deck underside free from grass buildup.
How To Clean Riding Mower Deck- With Wash Port
Because it is difficult to access the bottom of a Riding Lawn Mower deck. Most newer riding lawn mower brands feature one or more wash port locations for cleanout. To use the wash port feature to clean riding lawn mower deck, follow these simple steps;
Step1: Start Mower
Start your Riding mower move it to a flat open area of your lawn away from buildings.
Step2: Attach Port Adapter
Attach the wash port adapter that came with your riding lawn mower to your garden hose.
Step3: Attach Garden Hose
Attach a garden hose to the adapter on your lawnmower wash port located on the lawnmower deck.
Step4: Start Mower
Turn on the riding lawn mower dis-engage the mower blades leaving the lawnmower running.
Step5: Turn On The Water
Turn the water on connected to the garden hose wash port.
Step6: Engage Mower Blades
Engage the mower blades let run for (4-5) minutes to remove built-up grass clippings debris from the underside of the lawnmower deck.
For Riding Mower With Multiple Wash Ports
If you have more than one Wash Port on your riding mower remove the garden hose Repeat Steps (3-6) with additional wash ports. If your mower only has one wash port, you are done!
Tips For Cleaning Mowers That Have Wash Port
While some riding lawn mower owners use the wash port every time they cut, we recommend doing this routine maintenance at least (2-3) times per season.
Visually check the underside of the ride lawn mower deck occasionally by raising the front wheels up. Some folks use a nearby curb, choose a safe method. Using a flashlight inspect the underside of the lawnmower deck and scrape any grass build-up not removed by using the wash port cleaning method.
Does it help to replace the mower blade?
Many manufacturers include a standard lawnmower blade with the sale of their equipment. Especially for lawn budget models. If you find your mower after cleaning is still not mowing properly, go online. Your local hardware store get a High-Lift mowing blade. These types of mowing blades will create more airflow lift. Allowing more time to adequately mow the grass.
Should I run a mower on a full-throttle or slower speed?
Most modern-day lawn mowers are designed to run at full throttle. For the purposes of this article is inherently important to do so. Full throttle motor speed creates the maximum lift mowing ability for your mower. These factors both contribute to less build up as grass clippings get ejected quicker.
As a result of these tips, your lawnmower will run much more efficiently your maintenance time will be cut down dramatically. You should also be able to increase your walking speed to How To Keep Grass from Sticking to Mower deck.
Without bogging down your lawnmower leaving those telltale trails behind.you should also knowing how to keep grass sticking to your mower deck.
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What is the best way to clean a lawn mower deck?
Especially when it comes to removing the caked-up grass from the underside of the deck.
So, what is the best way to remove caked-on grass from your mower deck?
Is there a product or method that works best to get rid of the grass?
That’s exactly what we are going to get into today.
After all, removing caked-on grass from your lawn mowers deck is part of regular lawn mower maintenance.
Below you will find the INSIDER methods lawn care pros use to clean their mower decks.
How do you clean a lawn mower deck?
Well, a good place to start is using the leaf blower to remove the grass off of the top of the deck at the end of each day.
But that will only get you so far.
And if you want to prevent your lawn mower’s deck from rusting out or failing prematurely. You really need to remove the caked-on stuff on the bottom of the deck.
So how do you do that?
Getting to Your Mower Deck’s Underside
The first step to cleaning your lawn mower’s deck is to get access to it.
If you have a common residential riding mower, you can pull the deck off in about 10 minutes once you get the hang of it.
And if you have a flip-up deck, you don’t have much to figure out.
On the other hand, if you are trying to clean a commercial mower. Getting to the underside of your deck SAFELY can be a challenge, and may require a bit of innovation.
You could build a ramp like the one pictured above, or you could purchase a jack to help you get to the underside of your deck.
Using a Scraper to Clean Your Mower Deck
Here’s the deal, when it comes to the underside, most lawn care professionals simply scrape their mower decks.
That’s it, that’s the BIG SECRET.
And they typically don’t use any product when it comes to removing caked-on grass from the underside of the deck.
So when it comes to cleaning the underside of your lawn mower deck, you may just have to get your hands dirty.
You can use several tools to scrape your mower deck including a:
However, it may be a good idea to treat the deck after you clean it to prevent grass from caking on the next time. To learn more on that keep reading.
What is the best product to clean a mower deck with?
When it comes to cleaning the rest of the mower. Including the top of the deck, what product should you use?
According to our research, the resounding answer for the best product to clean your mower deck with is Purple Power. Which is a commonly available degreaser.
41% of lawn care pros reported purple power as being their favorite deck cleaning product.
Further, we found that Simple Green was a close second taking in 31% of the vote.
Finally, the 3rd product recommended by lawn care professionals when it comes to cleaning a lawn mower deck was Ballard’s Mower Magic which snatched up 7% of the vote.
Ballard’s products are not as commonly available as its competitors are, so they can be harder to get a hold of. And many lawn care pros simply have not gotten to try the product, but they work great.
Good news! If you want to give it a try we have partnered with Ballard to get you exclusive deals. Not only do they sell great mower cleaning products, but they also offer a great lawn mower deck scraper.
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“Just use a pressure washer”
20% of the lawn care pros that responded to our poll suggested that they don’t use ANY cleaning product. But simply use a pressure washer to clean their lawn mower.
While others reported using one of the products mentioned above along with a pressure washer.
Either way, a pressure washer is a much better way to clean your mower and mower deck than a garden hose.
Whether or not you use a product.
How often should I clean my lawn mower deck?
This is crazy but some lawn care pros find they NEVER have an issue with caked-on grass.
While others need to clean their lawn mower decks 2-3 times a week.
So really, how often you clean your lawn mower deck will depend on how often the need arises.
For example, lawn care pros that cut lawns in sandy areas find that the deck tends to clean itself.
The most common answer lawn care pros give is that they scrape the deck each time they sharpen their lawn mower blades.
And as we have covered in other articles, 75% of lawn care pros sharpen their blades at least once a week.
Ideally, you want to scrape your lawn mower deck before any caked-on grass has time to dry.
Due to the varying conditions you may experience, the answer to how often you need to clean your lawn mower deck can vary from after every lawn, to never.
Treating your Mower Deck After Scraping
Once you have scraped your lawn mower’s underside, some suggest that it’s a good idea to treat the deck with a product to prevent caking next time.
Simply using a product like WD-40, or even Pam can prevent grass from caking on your lawn mower deck in between cleaning.
That’s really all there is to it, scrape your deck, and wash with a product if you choose to.
And once the deck is dry, treat the underside with a quick spray to prevent buildup down the road.
Cleaning Your Lawn Mower’s Deck at the End of the Day
When it comes to cleaning the top of your lawn mower’s deck and underside. You will need more than a little bit of toilet paper.
Here’s the secret, most lawn care pros find that simply scraping the deck is more than enough to maintain their lawn care equipment.
But when you do wash the rest of your mower you may want to consider a product like Simple Green, Ballards, or Purple Power to really make your equipment shine.
Finally, don’t forget to post-treat the deck with a product like WD-40 to prevent build-up on the underside down the road.
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