After using an auger to clean the drain, it will be necessary to clean the auger to make it ready for the next use. To ensure that you do not encounter problems later on, you should ensure that you complete the process properly.
Step 1 - Soak
The first step necessary is to quarter fill a bucket with hot water before pouring a small amount of antibacterial detergent in after it. Follow this with more water until the bucket is half full. After removing the auger from the drain, deposit it in the bucket and leave it to soak for a few minutes. Swirl it around in the water to loosen any debris.
Step 2 - Scrub
Wearing protective gloves, use a scrubbing brush to clean the full length of the drain auger. Lay it out on newspapers spread out on the ground so that you can properly check it. Use a wire pipe cleaner to remove any debris that remains. Rinse the auger in clean water.
Step 3 - Dry
Use newspaper or old rags to wipe the auger dry after cleaning the drain. This is the final step that must be undertaken before storing the tool.