When it comes to home cleaning, the garage is probably one of the most overlooked areas in the house (don’t worry, it’s not just you!) Most homeowners go in and out of their garage without giving much thought to how it is organized, or how clean and tidy it is. But a messy garage can cause a lot of issues. It can be hard to find the things you need and you could even end up attracting unwanted rodents.
To prevent this, you should start thinking about scheduled garage maintenance and cleaning. Here is why a clean garage is important and how you can ensure it.
Protect your Garage from the Weather
One thing that can make your garage dirty and cause things to become rotten is if a lot of water leaks in. A good garage keeps all your things safe and dry no matter what the weather. To do so, you should pay extra attention to your garage’s roof, walls, and foundations, and make sure there are no issues. Check for leaks in the roof, holes in the walls, or an area that needs repairing in the foundations.
Purchase A Dehumidifier to Prevent Mold Growth
A mold problem is no fun anywhere in the house, but it can be particularly bad in your garage and cause a lot of damage in the long run. Mold thrives in moist conditions and humid air. This can be a problem in your garage as there may be water dripping from your vehicle or a leaking roof, and so you may be creating the perfect conditions for a mold without realizing it. In order to stop mold in your garage, you can purchase a dehumidifier that will directly combat mold growth by reducing the humidity levels and keeping moisture levels in control. Dehumidifiers work by extracting the excess moisture in the air and then recirculating the dry air back into the garage. For garage use, it is best to choose a dehumidifier with an automatic mode as this will allow the dehumidifier to turn itself on and off on its own depending on the detected moisture levels inside your garage.
Install Durable, High-Quality Storage
In garages, many homeowners make the mistake of using poorly designed cabinets and shelving systems that are made out of low-quality materials. They think that because no one will see them, that it doesn’t matter what kind of storage they use in the garage, but cheap cabinets and shelves are not good as they tend to rot in a garage, especially if there is a mold problem as mentioned above. Furthermore, garage shelving usually has to hold a lot of weight, and overloading poorly made shelves and cabinets can cause them to break which will see your things damaged and strewn all over the floor.
Organize your Garage Properly
Like many other homeowners, you probably store a lot of things in your garage. Over time, garages tend to become overspill storage for all the things that we can’t fit in our house but don’t want to get rid of. It is important to maintain a well-organized garage for two reasons. First of all, a messy garage can be unsafe and put you at risk of injuries. There are many sharp tools and other dangerous objects in a garage and if you can’t see where you are stepping because of the mess, it could lead to disaster.
Secondly, a disorganized garage can easily become cluttered again regardless of how much you clean it as there is no system in place to keep it tidy. Start storing items inside in an organized manner by creating a well-designed storage plan. You should also routinely go through your garage and separate your items into things you need to keep, things you can donate, and things you should throw away.
Watch Out for the Unwanted Pests
Garages can be attractive homes for pests including rats, termites, and carpenter ants. If you find any critters in your garage, it is best to contact a professional exterminator to get rid of them. Different pests can cause different issues; rats can make a lot of mess, chew through your boxes, and spread disease; termites can damage the structures of your home by eating through the wood. Keep an eye out for the telltale signs of pests and take swift action.
Maintaining a clean and well-organized garage is not such a difficult task as long as you have a plan. By keeping your garage organized, you can create more room for your vehicle and find things more easily when you need them. It is vital to keep the conditions in your garage at the optimum to prevent mold from growing and to keep pests away. Follow this simple guide and your garage will be clean and tidy in no time.