A Step By Step Guide For Cleaning Your Garage
Garages serve more than just their intended purpose of housing your cars. When you have something but you don’t have space for it in your home, where does it go? What if you don’t know where to put it, where does it go? The answer is almost always “a corner in my garage.” While that solves the problem temporarily, it causes more problems down the road.
Your stuff piles up in your garage. Before you know it, you’re spending 45 minutes digging through piles of junk to unearth your luggage or long-lost surfboard. It doesn’t have to be this way. You can have a clean garage and have your stuff too. With this guide, you will soon know how to clean and organize your garage.
Step One: Take Everything Out
This process will be time consuming but ultimately worth doing correctly. You’ll have to take absolutely everything out of your garage. Cars and all. If it’s nice outside and you have all day, place your things onto your driveway and park your cars on the street. If the weather isn’t so good, then take your valuables into your living room and park on the driveway.
Now, you’ll sort your stuff into four different piles: things you’ll want to keep, donate, trash, or store. Look into the top storage companies for safely storing away your seasonal equipment and other goods that you can’t make space for in your garage.
Step Two: Clean the Walls
For cleaning we’ll want to take a top-down approach, starting with the walls. Since this area can be really dirty, arm yourself with thick garden gloves or rubber gloves. Start off with a vacuum cleaner and hose attachment. Vacuum up the lingering cobwebs and layers of dust that cake onto the walls first.
Next, fill a water bucket with warm water and washing detergent. When you wash your walls, you want to take the opposite approach from the whole cleaning: start with the bottom of the walls and work your way up in horizontal layers. It sounds crazy but it will cut your cleaning time down drastically. Once you reach the top, you’ll just need to lightly wipe away the drips and stains on the bottom sections instead of scrubbing down streaky, messy stains.
Step Three: Clean the Doors
Start off by brushing down your doors with a stiff brush or even a broom. This will help to knock down any loose dirt and debris. For the outside of the bay door, you can use your garden hose to do most of the work. Next, wipe down both sides of the door with soapy water and a large sponge. This part should go smoothly and pay extra attention to any lingering stains.
Once it’s dry, you’ll want to grease the hinges with some WD-40 and check for any damaged pieces for replacement.
Step Four: Clean the Floor
You may have grease and oil stains on your garage floor. Let’s handle these first before doing any sweeping. Apply a layer of kitty litter to the stain to help soak up the fluid. You can use sawdust or cornmeal if you don’t have any kitty litter. After the stain is soaked up, finish sweeping the floor. If any lingering stains remain, use a mild detergent with water and a soft-bristle brush.
Hopefully this guide has been helpful to make your garage good as new again. If you are moving soon, check out the do’s and don’ts of moving and share with us any tips or experiences you had while cleaning out your garage.