Deep Cleaning Your Garage
Even though your garage is often hidden away, a place only you see, if it’s unorganized and dirty it can cause a lot of stress. Your children may even be scared to go in there due to all the hidden dangers from spiders and clutter. It’s easy to deep clean your garage and prepare it to stay cleaner and more organized if you have the right storage solutions.
It’s easier if you remove everything out of the garage to get a fresh start. One of the simplest ways to accomplish this is to get various containers with labels so like things go together with like things. Use these to place things in temporarily so that you can declutter. Get rid of all trash. Toss anything you haven’t used in two years or donate it to someone who will use it.
Dust Items and Surfaces
As you move items to the toss bins or the organizing bins, take the time to wash and dust the items off. This is going to make your job a lot easier going forward. Hint: If you insulate your walls, that can help keep your garage fresher.
Now that you have a good understanding of what types of things you really have in your garage, you will have a better idea of the type of storage solutions that you need. For example, if you have a lot of bikes, you need a solution to put the bikes away that is easy for the entire family to use. If you have tools, you need a place for all the tools to go so they can be found easily, and so forth.
Cleaning Concrete Floors
First, sweep and vacuum the entire floor to remove all dust and debris. Then, rent a power washer. With that, you can blast dirt and mildew away quickly. Always read the instructions and you should have some information about what type of sealer you have on your concrete in your garage. Spray the surface with an environmentally friendly detergent that will cut grease. Use a stiff brush to scrub the detergent into the concrete. Remove stains with bleach, ammonia, or other solutions created for concrete floors. Blast away the remains.
Sealing and Repairing Cracks
A great way to keep your garage floor from getting stained is to treat it. First, seal all the cracks using a good concrete sealant. Once that is dry, you can apply more concrete over the top to even out the color. Just buy the right kind to use over your existing concrete as a guide. Then cover the floor with concrete and masonry bonding primer. This will seal against stains and dries clear.
Removing Grease Stains from Walls, Tools, and Accessories
When you are decluttering, take the time to place anything that needs to be cleaned of stains and grease in a container so that you know you need to clean them. Some of them can be soaked in soapy water; others will be more difficult to clean because you can’t get the entire thing wet. You may need to use soapy water and a toothbrush. For walls, scrub with hot soapy water, then rinse. When dry, freshen up with a new coat of paint.
When everything is clean and organized, a lot of deodorizing will happen automatically. A great way to prevent smells from coming back is to use mothballs in containers around the garage. Or you can buy an air freshener that’s on a timer to keep the garage fresh.
Keeping your garage clean is not much different from keeping your entire home clean and organized. It will reduce stress, help you find things easier, and make life more enjoyable. Plus, your stuff will last longer.