Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Garden Shed
A Clean Shed Is A Happy Shed
A garden shed can easily get disorganised and dirty over time. Follow the steps in this article to keep yours well maintained so that it continues looking nice and functioning properly.
Step 1: Clean Your Shed Once a Month
This is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your shed's appearance and functionality.
The first step is to sweep the entire floor of your garden shed with a strong broom multiple times until no dirt remains. Next, spray the floor with garden hose water and remove any debris using a mop or soft-bristled brush. Finally, dry down your garden shed by doing the same thing again with toilet paper, newspaper, or rags instead of water.
This method will work best if you've recently swept out old dust and dirt because this kind of material absorbs liquid more readily than garden hay and other garden shed materials that shed water.
You can also clean the walls and ceiling of your garden shed with a garden hose and some mild soap once a month. Use a soft-bristled brush to scrub away any grime, mold, or dirt which accumulates on these surfaces over time.
However, don't mix garden detergent with bleach because this results in poisonous fumes which you don't want to breathe in. If the mixtures fizzes instead of foams, it's safe to use without harming you or your garden shed's health.
When you finish cleaning your garden shed, gazebo or pergola using either method, double check that all doors and windows are shut tightly before leaving it unattended for several hours.
Step 2: Store Your Tools Properly in Your Garden Shed
You should store all spare gardening tools in your garden shed in an organised fashion so that it's easy for you to find them when you need them without having to dig through piles of equipment in search of what you're looking for.
Use garden containers such as cardboard boxes and bins to keep shovels, rakes, spades, hoes, shears, and garden shears in one place.
While you're at it, prioritise storing commonly used garden tools closer to the door of your garden shed so that it's easier for you to access them when doing gardening work outside in your garden.
If there aren't any available spaces by the garden shed door and you can't afford a garden storage rack either because of budget constraints or lack of garden storage space around the house, try making vertical arrangements with wooden garden stakes and twine . This might be tricky but is still possible if you have everything well organised before hand.
Step 3: Clean Your Garden Shed Tools When They Get Dirty
You should also clean garden tools after using them outside. Not only does this help prevent garden tools from getting rusty, but it also ensures that garden dirt doesn't stick to them. If garden tools are left dirty for an extended period of time, garden dirt will dry up and be harder to remove when the time comes to clean them.
To make tool cleaning easier, keep garden hose water in a bucket or large pail with garden detergent added in . Thoroughly soak each garden tool for several seconds in the mixture before placing it in another container filled with clear water. Let garden tools dry at room temperature for about half an hour before storing them again inside your garden shed.
Step 4: Fix Problematic Garden Shed Handles
The handles on your garden shed doors are one of the most problematic areas of garden shed maintenance. Not only do garden shed handles need garden shed handle repair if they break, but garden tools and garden equipment can easily fall out of your hands and break garden shed door handles as well.
To prevent this type of situation from happening again in the future, make sure to securely tighten garden shed door knobs every time you open and close garden shed doors.
If a grip is broken from a garden tool, replace it with another one from inside your garden shed that's just as strong or stronger than the old one until you have time to properly fix it later.
Step 5: Check Your Garden Shed For Signs of Mold Spores
Finally, always check your garden shed for mold spores because these are responsible for garden shed rot and garden shed mold. You'll know when garden sheds in your garden shed start growing mold spores because it will smell musty and dirty, similar to the smell of mildew.
To fix this problem, you can use garden bleach to remove garden mold spores or purchase garden dehumidifiers for your garden shed .
After checking both the exterior and interior of your garden shed for signs of garden mold spores , clean it completely with garden detergent and water before leaving it unattended again for several hours.
Remember that if you neglect to check for and remove evidence of garden dirt and outdoor grime from your garden shed's walls, floor, ceiling, doors, windows, and other components on a regular basis, these items will become garden shed rot and garden shed mold that will most likely spread to garden tools inside your garden shed next.