Spring is almost here! For a lot of us, cleaning a tractor during the cold winter months isn’t necessarily the most fun thing to do. If this is the case for you, your tractor might be fairly dirty at the end of winter. We’ve got some basic tips for you on how to clean a tractor.
Keeping your tractor clean is great for aesthetics, but it’s also important in terms of tractor maintenance, too. Mud, leaves, and other debris can get stuck places they shouldn’t, which can lead to repairs down the road. Follow our step-by-step tutorial on how to clean a tractor properly.
Step 1 – Remove Debris from Tractor Exterior
The first step to cleaning your tractor is to remove any debris. Make sure to get any leaves, twigs, mud, and other larger pieces off of the exterior. You can use a leaf blower to get everything off easily. A leaf blower is handy for removing things stuck underneath the tractor and saves you from straining your back.
This is an important step in keeping your tractor clean. Just like when you wash your vehicle, you don’t want to scratch the paint by rubbing too hard on sand or leaves.
Step 2 – Rinse/Wash Tractor Exterior
There are two good ways to wash a tractor. You can either use a pressure washer or a bucket of soap and water with a hose. Both methods work just fine when cleaning a tractor.
Pressure Washer – Spray all the mud off of the tires first. This will prevent it from splashing up on the rest of the tractor. Then spray off the entire tractor, making sure to get underneath as well. If you choose to use a pressure washer to clean your tractor, be careful not to spray any sensors, as this could cause damage.
Hose & Rag – Mix one pump of dish soap or vehicle soap in a bucket of warm water. Spray the entire tractor with hose water to get it nice and soaked. Wipe down the exterior with a soft, soapy cloth. Work in small sections, rinsing after each section to prevent soap build up.
Clean the tires last with soapy water. A large auto brush works best when cleaning tractor tires.
Step 3 – Dry Tractor
Next, you’ll need to dry the tractor. If you’re in a hurry, you can use a leaf blower to get all the water droplets off. If you prefer to go relax, you can let it air dry.
Step 4 – Wax Tractor
Finally, once the tractor is completely dry, you can wax it. This will help protect the paint from scratches and other damage. Whatever car wax you have already will work fine. Turtle Wax is one of the most popular, easy to use waxes, and can be found on Amazon.
Step 5 – Wipe Down Tractor Interior
After you’ve cleaned the tractor exterior, you can move on to the interior. Use a damp rag to wipe any mud or dust off of the seats and dash. Remove dirt from the floorboards with a shop vac.
Now you know how to clean a tractor! Enjoy the sparkly clean machine… and go get it dirty again! For replacement tractor parts, equipment, and parts sales, make sure to visit Tractor-Part.com.