Getting the garage organised. The very words send shivers down our spines. If given the choice, you would rather clean a dirty toilet than tackle the daunting task of organising our garage. However, if we disregard the garage, it may become one. Significant effort was needed to gain control of the situation. We get it, cleaning out the garage is a major undertaking (possibly a weekend-long one). However, if you do it right the first time, it will be much less difficult to keep things that way.
The Best Ways to Scrub Your Garage Floor
The following is a detailed plan for organising your space, cleaning it thoroughly, and getting things done.
Time Your Visit Properly
When the weather is scorching, the last thing you feel like doing is moving around heavy boxes, sorting through them, and cleaning surfaces. The same is true during a rainstorm; even though it's possible that you and your belongings will get soaked, it's still safe to leave things out in your yard or driveway. This is a major factor to think about because you have to leave everything outside while you clean the garage.
Sort Out Your Equipment
We think it's a great idea to construct a tool wall in the garage to store the most frequently used tools in one convenient location. Organising everything on a pegboard allows you to get things done quickly. We bought a house with a pegboard already installed in the garage. You'll need to pick out the apps you want to use on it before you can begin setting it up. Seeing how much space each tool needs on the board will help you decide where to hang the hooks. To keep our bolts, nuts and nails neat and organised, we purchased a cabinet or organiser with a similar design. Now you can put away your traditional toolbox and use it for your infrequently used tools.
Merchandise Of A Greater Size
Having a large amount of space to store bicycles is essential. Some possible answers to this issue are a bike storage rack, wall mounting the bicycles, or utilising a freestanding bike stand. When it comes to long, vertical tools like brooms, rakes, shovels, and vertical hanging organisers, ladders and hooks will become your new best friends. You can avoid the garage getting cluttered again if you designate a spot for everything, so don't forget this important step.
Eliminating Odours And Cleaning Up The Mess
Among the main reasons we put off cleaning out the garage is our fear of insects. We're always terrified of finding some sort of monstrous creature inside whenever we venture in there. We've seen some of the biggest examples of both in our garage, so you should be prepared to see large spiders and centipedes. Gloves are another precaution we take when cleaning the garage. A pair of gardening gloves or some thick rubber gloves will do the trick. The best strategy for getting rid of spider webs and dust bunnies is to use your vacuum with an extension wand. We recommend that you do this at least once every few weeks, as it will reduce the amount of time spent cleaning and will increase the likelihood that the pests will be kept at bay.
The sense of smell, on the other hand, is very different. The first step is obvious: throw open the garage door and let some air in. To get the air circulating in the room, leave the door open for a few hours (while you are organising and clearing out everything, for example) and turn on the fans. In addition, mould growth should be investigated. In the end, use a sponge to spread a solution of one gallon of water, six to eight ounces of oxygen bleach, and one gallon of water.
Once it has sat for half an hour, scrub it thoroughly with a washcloth or a stiff brush. While doing this, you should (use rubber gloves and face mask for safety). Then, grab a bucket of hot water and a new sponge to scrub down the room's walls (in order to forestall the spread of mould spores). If the mould has penetrated deeply into the walls, this probably won't be enough to get rid of it, and you'll need to bring in a professional. We advise that you get multiple quotes and shop around due to the potentially high costs involved.
Using a spray bottle filled with undiluted white vinegar, you can eliminate the odour in the garage. Vinegar-based solids can be hidden from your sense of smell with a solution of water and essential oil. The problem can be fixed with just a pinch of (orange, sage, peppermint, rosemary or lemon). Spread open baking soda boxes around the garage like you would perishables. Since baking soda can neutralise foul odours, it should be changed out every 30 days. Once again, baking soda proves to be victorious.
Assume We're On The Ground
The oil, dirt, and road salt really damage the concrete floors. If the floor of your garage is in bad shape, no amount of organisation will save you from the mess you've made.
Brief Account Of A Massive Event
To start, sweep the floor completely using a large push broom or a corn bristle broom. This will give you a fresh start as you try to eliminate the stains. When you're done, put away the things you're keeping in a neat fashion and gather the family inside (again, if you are able to do so).
Handling Spills And Splatters
Then you need to focus on getting out the stains that just won't go away. Oil stains, if not too set in, can be cleaned with laundry detergent and warm or hot water (the ratio should be one-third of a cup of detergent for each gallon of water). Use the detergent mixture first, and then let a thin layer of kitty litter sit on the paint for the night if the stain is particularly noticeable (it helps draw the oil out of the floor).
A good way to make sure the litter is thoroughly ground into the stain is to use the heel of your shoe to crush it and work it in. The following day, sweep up the remnants and flush the floor with a garden hose.
If detergent is ineffective on concrete, a concrete degreaser should be used. Even if you use the kitty litter according to the directions on the bottle, the trick will still work. A large amount of soil can be attracted to and absorbed by unsealed concrete. Oil stains can be washed away, and then a pressure washer will make it look like new. A bucket of water, some dish soap, and a sturdy broom will get the job done in a bind. It will take more muscle power, but this will get the job done.
A traditional mop is another option; its head can be made of a material that holds up to occasional use in outdoor settings like decks and garages. If you want to use a pressure washer, look for an electric model rather than a gas-powered one. Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of gas-powered pressure washers and is both poisonous and odourless; its presence in an enclosed space like a garage is therefore to be avoided.
You are aware of the annoyance that road salt can cause to those who are compelled to reside in areas with long and severe winters. An all-natural solution of warm water, one cup of white vinegar, and one squirt of dish soap can be used to remove unsightly salt stains from a concrete floor. Use a brush with stiff nylon bristles to remove the solution and the stains, and then mop the floor. Once you're done scrubbing the floor (you may need to do this more than once), spray it down with water and let it dry.
Thanks to road salt, concrete can easily crack (yay!). If you want to seal the cracks, you can use a polymer cement crack sealant. This cement can withstand more wear and tear than ordinary cement and is great for patching up small crevices. If you're feeling brave, you can seal the floor yourself; otherwise, you can hire a professional. The floor will require less maintenance over time due to the fact that sealing reduces stain penetration; mopping will suffice.
Sweeping, likewise, will be a breeze. (If you do this, wait for the floor to dry completely before bringing anything back inside.) Not sealing the floor means you'll have to factor in the removal of oil and salt stains when you do your spring cleaning. More regular upkeep, such as weekly or more frequent sweeping and mopping, is required.
Take Out All The Trash And Gather Your Supplies.
Select a day with favourable conditions and transfer all of your garage contents to the yard or driveway. Get on that right away. It may seem effective to tackle the issue piece by piece, but in reality? Taking everything out of its usual spot will give you a chance to assess your possessions, make a mental note of the level of dirt, and keep you motivated to keep it that way. Towels, a bucket, a broom, and a cleaning spray of some kind should be within easy reach. The sorting process will necessitate the use of a measuring tape, as well as large, sturdy garbage bags and containers. Start by hosing down or wiping down everything that looks dirty or dusty.
Clean Up, Discard, Recycle, Or Sell
After removing all of the items from the garage, the next step is to categorise them into three groups: those to keep, those to donate or sell, and those to throw away. When you're done with your initial purge, go back through the pile of items you plan to keep and eliminate some more.
Consider whether or not you plan on using the item again within the next year. Try to be as practical and honest with yourself as you can. Keep the tennis racket even though it needs restringing because you never know when your kids might want to play with it? Keep the rollerblades even though they're broken because you might use them someday?
These sorts of things add to the mayhem we already face every day. Sports-specific retailers, however, often make purchases of used gear or accept items for consignment. You might make a profit, and that money could go towards buying something the whole family will like. You should think about the tools you use most often and the ones you can get by without before you go out and buy new ones.
To complicate matters further, many women (and their husbands) have a habit of hoarding tools in the vain expectation that they will one day become "Bob the Builder" or "Rosie the Riveter." Sure, let your husband keep a tool bench or workstation area if he's a real handyman, and especially if he does it as a hobby; just make sure it's well organised and functional.
Rusted, broken, or otherwise worn-out items should be discarded without further consideration. Allow yourself to let go and stop storing things in the hope that you'll get around to fixing them someday. As a gardener, it's important to always have a rust-free backup of each tool you rely on.
Don't bother storing any seeds that are older than a year (most won't grow past that point, and pests LOVE them), and give everything a good cleaning and dry out before putting it away. This includes everything from plant containers to tomato cages to hoses to garden ornaments. It's vital to evaluate the efficiency and worth of car care products before investing in them. Some car fluids can catch fire if they are stored for too long because their effectiveness declines over time.
Oil rags are highly combustible and should be discarded without delay or allowed to accumulate. Similar consideration should be given to the proper disposal of paint, chemicals, and other consumables that have outlived their usefulness. For information on how to properly dispose of chemicals in your area, contact the local recycling and waste management facilities and the government.
Explore Your Options for Optimal Storage
Depending on what you have in your garage and what you need to put away, you may face some unique storage challenges. It seems like the majority of the items in the garage are of peculiar design. Equipment is either extremely large and awkward to store or transport (like weed wackers, chainsaws, or sports gear), or extremely small and simple to lose track of (like nails, screws, bits or gardening markers).
We found that a collection of bins is the most effective method of tool storage, but many organisation specialists advocate for a pegboard mounted above a workbench. Small, clear jars with legible labels are ideal for storing the various parts that come with your tools.
Larger items, like saws and electrical tools, can be safely and easily stored with the help of shelving. Toolboxes should be stored in a dry place, away from the ground and any potential sources of moisture. To store large sports items like tennis rackets, baseball bats, and balls, you can use large totes, ball bins, or even repurposed trash cans.
If you take the time to organise and get rid of any unnecessary items, you can fit everything on one small shelf. (Things have a way of mysteriously disappearing from deep shelves, as if they were enchanted abysses.) To avoid damage, store bicycles, kayaks, and other large items off the ground. They should be hung from the ceiling with ceiling hooks that are fastened to the garage's support beams.
Shovels, ladders, rakes, and other large tools can be safely stored when not in use if they are hung up, freeing up floor space. (No one wants things to fall over onto kids or cars, after all!). Evaluate the storage space you have on hand in relation to the various options you'll need. Get out all of the bins and pegs that can be used for storage, and clean the rest of the equipment in the garage so it can be put away.
Patch Holes, Remove Dangers
Garages tend to take the most damage during extreme weather. Most of the time they are not heated or cooled, which means that changes in temperature and moisture are likely to cause problems like mildew, cracking, leaking, and more. The fact that most of us don't spend much time in our garages means that many issues go undetected until they are extremely inconvenient or impossible to fix. Having cleared out the garage, you can more easily spot any spots that need fixing up or polishing up. Cracks could be filled with spray-in foam or sealant, and a protective coating could be sprayed on.
And now is the time to check the wiring in your garage to make sure nothing has been chewed on and nothing could start a fire. Inspect any potentially vulnerable areas and consult a professional if necessary. For instance, look for signs of water damage and make sure the gutters surrounding your garage are clean. In addition, now is a good time to check your home's window lighting, locks, and seals. You should fortify your home for defence against both the elements and any possible intruders.
Clean, Dust, Wash, and Paint
Employ that broom to its full potential! Wear a disguise. (Bugs, mice poop, chemicals, and other irritants and allergens are common in garages.) Get rid of any dust that may have accumulated and make sure the walls are spotless. Doing so will prevent any of that grime from being tracked inside your home. The installation of an epoxy floor coating in your garage may seem like an unnecessary luxury to those of us who are not yet in a financial position to do so, but it is an investment that will make things look more "completed" once you do make the leap.
Kitty litter is great for cleaning up oil spills and restoring a floor's original appearance. An inexpensive garage floor protector, or even some indoor/outdoor carpeting or a rug, can be used to prevent further damage to the garage floor.
A single coat of white latex paint will do double duty, protecting against mildew and keeping things looking brand new. Windows should have any broken or leaking seals replaced, and caulk should be applied to the surrounding area. You are not obligated to hang curtains or put up wall decals, but doing so may prompt you to consider the space as a "extension of your home," which may encourage you to maintain a tidy environment.
Get Back Together and Renew Your Vows
Since your garage is now spotless and fresh, you should put things back where they belong and straighten up the space. Included in this category are things like gardening tools, sporting equipment, auto repair parts, a few labelled storage bins, and a collection of tools.
Garbage and recyclables stored in the garage should be placed in bags that can be closed, sealed, and vented to keep out odours and pests. You should put a mat or some paper under the can in case of a leak. If you want to keep the garage smelling fresh, give the trash can a good hose down with the hose once a month and sprinkle baking soda in it (or into your house).
As you bring the items back into the garage, continue going through them and getting rid of anything you no longer need. The goal should be to have a garage where everything is in its proper place.
Consider once more whether you are actually utilising each item or merely storing it. (If the second is true, you should get rid of it.) It's possible that clearing out your garage will make you eager to spend more time in the great outdoors. For example, you might rediscover interest in long-forgotten pastimes or find renewed enthusiasm for gardening or other forms of manual labour.
Cleaning out your garage can provide you with unexpected ideas and energy. Since it has been eleven years since you have had the privilege of parking in that spot, you may feel compelled to document the occasion. While the challenge may seem insurmountable at first, the payoff more than makes up for it. Your car, bike, and other valuables will be safe from damage because they will be kept in a clean, dry environment, and you will save money and avoid clutter at home in the process. You'll also have the room you need to start working on ideas you've always wanted to pursue but never had the physical location for.
The garage could get a mess if you don't keep up with it. It may take a whole weekend to clean out the garage, but your efforts will be well worth it if you do it right the first time. Using an extension wand on your vacuum is the most effective method for eradicating spider webs and dust bunnies. We also wear gloves as an extra measure of safety whenever we clean the garage. An odour neutraliser as simple as a pinch of (orange, sage, peppermint, rosemary or lemon).
You can't clean up the mess you've made, no matter how well organised you are. If there are any oil stains left, they can be easily removed by washing, and a quick blast with a pressure washer will restore the surface to its original shine. In a pinch, all you need is a bucket of water, some dish soap, and a good broom. Unsightly salt stains on a concrete floor can be removed with a natural solution of warm water, one cup of white vinegar, and one squirt of dish soap. You can use a polymer cement crack sealant to fill in the gaps.
As a gardener, you should always have a rust-free spare of every tool you use. In no circumstances should oil rags be kept or allowed to accumulate, as they are extremely flammable. Long-term storage of certain automotive fluids poses a fire hazard. Weather extremes and fluctuations in temperature and humidity are particularly damaging to garages. Avoid the risk of damage by keeping bikes, kayaks, and other large items off the floor.
The best way to hang them is from the ceiling using ceiling hooks secured to the joists. Most of us don't put in a lot of time in our garages, so now is a good time to focus on the rest of our homes. Maintaining a spotless garage can be as simple as cleaning, dusting, washing, and repainting. Bags that can be closed, sealed, and vented should be used to store garbage and recyclables in the garage. Gardening gear, sports gear, auto repair components, a few labelled containers, and an assortment of tools all fall under this heading.
- That garage cleanout is no small task, we get it (possibly a weekend-long one).
- This is a comprehensive schedule for getting things done, cleaning up your environment, and getting organised.
- As such, it is fine to leave things in your yard or driveway during a rainstorm, despite the fact that you and your belongings may get wet.
- Since you'll have to store everything outside while you clean the garage, this is a crucial consideration to make.
- We think it would be a fantastic idea to build a tool wall in the garage to keep all of the most used tools in one place.
- By keeping everything in its designated spot on the pegboard, you can save time and effort.
- Those tools you don't use very often can now be stored in the traditional toolbox.
- Bigger and better products It's crucial to have a lot of room for storing bicycles.
- A bike rack, mounting the bikes to the wall, or using a freestanding bike stand are all viable options for resolving this problem.
- We've been putting off cleaning out the garage in part because we're afraid of insects.
- We also wear gloves as an extra measure of safety whenever we clean the garage.
- Using an extension wand on your vacuum is the most effective method for eradicating spider webs and dust bunnies.
- Opening the garage door and letting in some fresh air is the first order of business.
- Furthermore, mould development needs to be researched.
- Then, get a new sponge and a bucket of hot water to scrub the walls of the room (in order to forestall the spread of mould spores).
- To get rid of the smell in the garage, fill a spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar.
- You can mask the odour of vinegar-based solids by mixing them with water and essential oil.
- When all else fails, baking soda comes through in the clutch. All that oil, dirt, and road salt is terrible for the concrete floors.
- If the garage floor is in poor condition, no amount of tidying up will help you escape the chaos you've created.
- Concise Recounting of a Major Occurrence Start by using a large push broom or a corn bristle broom to sweep the entire floor.
- As you work to remove the stains, this will provide a welcome clean slate.
- Cleanup After an Accident If there are stubborn stains, you'll need to give special attention to removing them.
- If the stain is particularly noticeable, use the detergent mixture first, and then let a thin layer of kitty litter sit on the paint for the night (it helps draw the oil out of the floor).
- Sweep up the remnants and flush the floor with a garden hose the next day.
- Concrete degreaser should be used if detergent does not remove grease from the surface.
- If there are any oil stains left, they can be easily removed by washing, and a quick blast with a pressure washer will restore the surface to its original shine.
- Look for an electric pressure washer rather than a gas-powered one if you want to use one.
- Unsightly salt stains on a concrete floor can be removed with a natural solution of warm water, one cup of white vinegar, and one squirt of dish soap.
- Remove the solution and the stains using a brush with stiff nylon bristles, and then mop the floor.
- Sealing Road salt makes it easy for concrete to split (yay!).
- You can use a polymer cement crack sealant to fill in the gaps.
- You can seal the floor yourself if you're feeling brave, or you can hire a professional to do it.
- If the floor isn't sealed, then you'll need to include the cost of removing oil and salt stains when you clean it in the spring.
- Get rid of the trash and stock up on necessities.
- Pick a day with ideal weather, and move everything from your garage out to the yard or driveway.
- After you've completed your initial culling, revisit the items you've decided to keep and find more to get rid of.
- Think about whether you will use it again within the next year.
- However, speciality sports stores frequently buy used equipment or take items on consignment.
- Before you go out and buy brand new tools, consider which ones you actually need and which ones you can do without.
- Items that are rusted, broken, or otherwise worn out should be thrown away right away.
- Stop keeping things in the hopes that you'll get around to fixing them someday and just let go.
- Before spending money on car care products, it is important to weigh their efficacy and value.
- Contact your local recycling centre, waste management office, or government agency for guidance on how to safely dispose of chemicals.
- Take the Time to Research Your Storage Options You may encounter some unusual storage difficulties depending on the contents of your garage and the things you need to put away.
- Parts that come with your tools should be stored in small, clear jars with legible labels.
- Avoid the risk of damage by keeping bikes, kayaks, and other large items off the floor.
- Think about what you need and how much room you have to store it.
- Clean the remaining tools and equipment in the garage so they can be put away, and bring out any bins or pegs that can be used for storage.
- Now that the garage is decluttered, you can more easily see what needs attention.
- And now would be a good time to inspect the garage's electrical connections for signs of chewing or other damage that could lead to a fire.
- Check for water damage and clear the gutters near your garage.
- It's also a good idea to double-check the bulbs, locks, and seals on your home's windows now.
- If you want to protect your home from weather and potential intruders, you need to fortify it.
- Clean the walls thoroughly and get rid of any dust that may have accumulated.
- To those of us who aren't in a position to do so just yet, installing an epoxy floor coating in your garage may seem like a frivolous luxury. However, it is an investment that will make things look more "completed" once you do make the leap.
- Inexpensive garage floor protectors are available, or you can use some indoor/outdoor carpeting or a rug.
- Gardening gear, sports gear, auto repair components, a few labelled containers, and an assortment of tools all fall under this heading.
- Bags that can be closed, sealed, and vented should be used to store garbage and recyclables in the garage.
- Give the trash can a good hosing down with the hose once a month and sprinkle baking soda in it to keep the garage smelling fresh (or into your house).
- Continue sorting through the items and getting rid of the ones you won't use as you return them to the garage.
- The ideal garage would have everything in its designated spot.
- Get rid of it if (only) (the second) is true.
- Decluttering your garage may inspire you to spend more time in nature.
- You may find new motivation and ideas while cleaning out your garage.
- You can save money and reduce clutter at home while also keeping your car, bike, and other valuables in a clean, dry environment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Garage
Here's how to deep clean, to declutter, and get it done in 6 simple steps!
- Step 1: Remove Everything & Prepare your Supplies.
- Step 2: Sort, Eliminate, Donate or Sell.
- Step 3: Find Storage Solutions that Work for You.
- Step 4: Seal Cracks and Repair Hazards.
- Step 5: Dust, Wash, Clean and Paint.
- Step 6: Re-assemble and Re-commit.
The answer is, as a general rule of thumb, every six months. This is the perfect amount of time: it won't let too much debris build-up or embed itself in your concrete, but at the same time, it isn't so frequent that you're investing in unnecessary services.
The main reason your garage is so dusty is your concrete floor. Concrete is a porous material that lets water seep in, but that water eventually breaks down the concrete, forming dust. Your garage also attracts dust from flakes of dead skin, pet fur, and bits of leaves or other debris breaking down.
If it's been a while since you've given your garage a good cleaning, using a power washer is an effective way to return your garage to a gleaming sparkle. While power washers are powerful tools, they are safe and easy to use by virtually everyone.
Mix a half-cup baking soda in a gallon of warm water and use it as an all-purpose cleaner. You can mix baking soda with a few drops of liquid soap to make a paste and use it to scrub light stains. Don't underestimate the power of warm, soapy water to keep your floors clean and remove minor stains.