Tips for Cleaning Inside Your Shed

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Cleaning your shed is essential for keeping your structure and storage protected, durable, and maintained. When you clean your shed you’ll be able to see spots that need repair or are weak, as well as keep your shed clear of items that will attract pests or cause leaks and mildew growth. Adding interior organization and cleaning to your shed maintenance routine will keep your structure in excellent condition and damage-free.

Tip: Remove Everything From Your Shed

When preparing to clean the inside of your shed, the first step is removing everything from inside your shed. It may seem time-consuming, but clearing out your shed will give you more space to move and make it easier for you to clean hard-to-reach areas.

Cleaning the inside of your shed gives you an opportunity to go through your items in storage. While emptying out your shed to clean, take the time to organize your belongings into piles of items you want to keep, donate, throw away, sell, or recycle. Don’t forget to check for broken and empty items while organizing. Before you move items back into your shed, you need to make sure the shed’s interior is completely dry. You can use a fan to speed up the drying process.

Tip: Add a Dehumidifier or Vents to Your Shed

If the inside of your shed is consistently humid and damp, try adding vents and humidity-reducing products. Installing vents in your shed leads to better air circulation, while products like DampRid and dehumidifiers reduce moisture and dampness inside your shed. Vents, dehumidifiers, and DampRid are especially helpful for beach house sheds where humid and damp conditions are common. These products prevent mold and mildew from infiltrating your shed, which can be a pain to remove.

Prevention is ideal when maintaining your shed, but just remember that you’ll need to empty any dehumidifiers around 1 to 2 times a day for them to work. Leaving some space between your shed walls and stored items will also improve airflow and circulation in your shed.

Vent options at Space Makers: 12 inches by 15 inches Arched Vent; 8 inches by 8 inches Vent; 4 inches by 16 inches or 8 inches by 16 inches Vents for painted sheds only; 12 inches by 12 inches Garden Vent; Ridge Vent

Tip: Use Vinegar to Remove Mold & Mildew

Use white vinegar and a cloth to clean shed surfaces that have mildew and mold. Scrubbing at affected areas with vinegar-soaked rags will remove mildew from your shed and keep it from spreading. Sheds created by Space Makers Sheds are built with materials that withstand mold and mildew. When you combine our top-notch building materials and 5-year warranty, your shed will be strong enough to endure years of use.

Tip: Utilize Tools & Equipment You Already Own

To clean your shed’s flooring, you can use a leaf blower and/or broom to clear away debris. Sweeping out your shed is especially vital if you use your shed to store lawn care tools and equipment. Loose grass clippings and leaves left on the floor of your shed can lead to insect infestations, pest nests, and mold growth. You can remove spider webs and keep your shed clean with items you already have such as vacuums, dusters, and brooms.  To clean and disinfect your shed’s interior, all you need to do is wipe down surfaces with a mix of warm water and dish soap.

Tip: Focus on 1 Section at a Time

Cleaning and organizing your shed can seem like a big task to tackle. While it’s sure to take some time and effort, it’ll all definitely be worth it in the end. After you remove everything and clean your shed interior, start the organization process by focusing on one area at a time. You can do this by choosing one category of items, such as tools or holiday decor, to start putting back in your shed.Small custom Garden Shed with white wood siding, red trim, red shutters, and a red door.

Tip: Stay on Top of Cleaning

The more consistent you are with cleaning and clearing out trash from your shed during day-to-day tasks, the less difficult deep cleaning your shed will be in the future. Leaving spills and trash in your shed with the intention of cleaning them up later can lead to staining and damage. It’s best to consistently give your shed a quick sweep and wipe down so there is less work to do when the time comes to deep clean.

Tip: Keep Stored Items Clean

The items you store in your shed should always be dry and clean. For example, if you use your shed to store gardening tools and equipment, everything should be cleaned before going back into storage. Leaving dirt or grass clippings on your equipment and tools will make your shed dirty and attract insects. When you take the time to clean items after using them, you’ll find your tools, equipment, and shed will stay in better shape.

If you are storing furniture or clothes in your shed, there are some protective measures you can take to ensure mold and mildew won’t touch them. Clothes and other cloth materials should be stored in airtight containers while large furniture pieces do best when covered by sheets of plastic.

Is your shed unable to be brought back from its current state? Space Makers has a large selection of sheds with plenty of space for your storage and hobbies, as well as custom colors to match your home and garage. Contact Space Makers Sheds to get a free estimate on a new shed and speak with one of our experts.