A clean push mower deck is essential for a number of reasons. First, it helps to ensure that your mower is running efficiently. When the deck is dirty, it can cause the mower to overheat and work harder than it needs to. Second, a clean deck helps to prevent the spread of disease. Grass clippings can harbor bacteria and other harmful organisms, so it is important to remove them from the deck regularly. Finally, a clean deck simply looks better. A well-maintained mower is a sign of pride and ownership.


Tools and Materials Needed

  • Garden hose
  • Soap and water
  • Brush
  • Sponge
  • Rag
  • Steel wool
  • Degreaser
  • Oil
  • Air compressor
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves


  1. Empty the gas tank. If your mower has a gas tank, empty it before you start cleaning. This will help to prevent gasoline from getting on the deck and causing a fire hazard.
  2. Disconnect the spark plug. This will prevent the mower from starting accidentally while you are cleaning it.
  3. Move the mower to a flat surface. This will make it easier to clean the deck.
  4. Remove the deck cover. The deck cover is usually held in place by screws or bolts. Once the cover is removed, you will be able to access the deck.
  5. Scrape off any loose debris. Use a brush or a putty knife to scrape off any loose debris from the deck. This will make it easier to clean the deck with soap and water.
  6. Wash the deck with soap and water. Use a garden hose to wet the deck, then apply a mild soap solution. Use a brush to scrub the deck, paying special attention to any areas that are caked with dirt or grass clippings.
  7. Rinse the deck with clean water. Once you have scrubbed the deck, rinse it with clean water to remove all of the soap.
  8. Dry the deck. Use a rag or a towel to dry the deck completely.
  9. Inspect the deck for any damage. Once the deck is dry, inspect it for any damage. If you find any damage, repair it before you put the deck cover back on.
  10. Reassemble the mower. Once the deck is clean and dry, you can reassemble the mower. Be sure to reconnect the spark plug and fill the gas tank before you start mowing again.


  • If the deck is very dirty, you may need to use a degreaser to clean it. Be sure to follow the directions on the degreaser label carefully.
  • If the deck is rusty, you can use steel wool to remove the rust. Be sure to oil the deck after you have removed the rust.
  • If you have an air compressor, you can use it to blow out any dirt or debris that is stuck in the deck.
  • Be sure to wear safety glasses and gloves when you are cleaning the deck.

Frequency of Cleaning

The frequency of cleaning your push mower deck will depend on how often you use it. If you use your mower every day, you should clean the deck at least once a week. If you use your mower less often, you can clean the deck less frequently. However, it is important to clean the deck regularly to prevent the build-up of dirt and debris.

By following these simple instructions, you can keep your push mower deck clean and in good condition. A clean deck will help your mower run more efficiently and will prevent the spread of disease.