Well cleaned and maintained tools will last longer, perform much better and will repay your financial outlay in buying them initially.
As a keen and conscientious gardener you will of course have been keeping all your equipment in tip top condition and cleaning it regularly throughout the year as you have been using it. Or maybe, like some of us, you threw everything down in a heap on the shed floor at the end of October and haven't ventured in there since!
Whichever type of gardener you are (and most of us will be somewhere in between the two!), we all know how important it is to give your tools a much-needed blitz and spritz.