People often neglect their sheds. And over time, your shed can become a dumping ground for various objects. But this will not do. When your shed is a mess, it can become extremely difficult to find the things you need. Plus, a dirty shed might even house mold and pests. So, it’s best to regularly tidy up your shed and clean it both on the inside and outside.
Declutter Your Shed
The first thing you need to do is to clean out your shed.
This means purging it of all the junk that you don’t need and making sure that the items you do have are organized.
You probably have a lot of junk in your shed. If so, hold a garage sale or take your stuff to the local thrift shop.
If you don’t want to take your stuff to a charity, you can always recycle it.
If you do want to sell some of your items, avoid selling them at your local flea market. You will not get very much money for them. But you can easily sell them on eBay.
Tip: Be sure to get rid of any toxic items you might have, like old paint, chemicals, and pesticides, especially if you have children or pets. Also, make sure that your shed is free of fire hazards.
Scrub the Floor and Walls
Once you’ve decluttered your shed, the next thing you need to do is to scrub the floor and walls.
To clean the floor, use a floor cleaner and a broom.
To clean the walls, use a sponge, a bucket of warm water, and a sponge mop.
If your shed has windows, be sure to clean them as well.
Depending on how dirty your shed is, you may want to use a pressure sprayer to clean it.
Once you’ve cleaned the inside of your shed, spray the walls with a deodorizer to get rid of the mustiness and mold. You might also want to apply a water-repellent sealant to your shed’s wood walls if you use them for storage. This will help prevent water damage.
Tip: Avoid using harsh chemicals and bleach when cleaning your shed.
Check for Mold and Wood Damage
You also need to check for signs of wood damage and mold. If your shed has wood walls, check to see if they’re rotting. You can easily do this by looking for any wood that is peeling away from the shed’s walls or any holes in the wood.
If you find any wood that is rotting, you need to repair the holes or peeling areas with putty or wood filler. Be sure to add some paint or sealant to the wood after you’ve repaired it. This will help prevent the wood from rotting further.
If your shed has a dirt floor, you may also have mold. To check for mold, look for any discoloration of the dirt. You can also easily check for mold on the walls. If you see any mold, you can easily wipe it away with a vinegar-soaked rag.
Cleaning your shed doesn’t have to be difficult. Take some time to declutter your shed, scrub the floor and walls, and check for mold and wood damage. Then, use some water-repellent sealant and a deodorizer. Over time, this should help keep your shed looking and smelling fresh and clean.
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