I know that many people prefer to hose their mowers down with a garden hose. I admit I have done it. Still doing that is risky. If water gets into the wiring air filter or engine you could really do some damage. Hand washing with damp rag is a drag but also your safest bet.
In the following guide we mainly focus on walk-behind mowers since the majority of lawns are served perfectly well by these machines. However if you have a lawn that is larger than half an acre you may want a riding mower. If you have a yard that is between a quarter and half an acre consider a self-propelled model. This basically means you do less pushing. Self-propelled mowers are especially helpful on hills. Also pay special attention to blade size. Look for a mower with a blade thats at least 20-inches long if you have a larger yard. Conversely if you have many narrow areas to mow a smaller deck the area within which the blade spins around is best.
After sharpening both sides of the blade place it on the kits cone-shaped balancer. If one side dips below the other continue sharpening it until the blade rests level. Return the sharpened blades to the mower and reattach. If you have a torque wrench its a good idea to use it here. Often you need to tighten the blade mounting bolt/bolts to a specific tightness level. Typically measured in pound-feet your instruction manual should list these specs. For example my personal machine the Honda HRR216VKA between 36 to 43 lb-ft of torque is required.