Some lawn mowers such as the Craftsman 37705 have a washout feature. It is essentially a garden hose fitting on top of the circular blade cover. This allows you to pump water into the blade assembly while running the engine. That action is designed to flush dirt and grass debris right out.
To sharpen them secure in a table vise. Now attach the blade sharpener to the end of your power drill. Make sure to wear eye protection and work gloves. Carefully use the sharpener to hone the cutting edges of your blades. Go slowly at first to get the feel of the best angle for meeting the blade and sharpener.
Top 5 Lawn Mowers recommends the Sun Joe MJ401E to people with a small yard who dont want to spend a lot on a mower. The reviewer liked it overall for many of the same reason one might like any electric mower (no fossil fuels lightweight etc.) but he also noted that there were only three height positions with the lowest scraping the ground. And due to its 14-inch blade it takes longer to mow a lawn.