How to Clean Your Shed (Both Inside and Out)

How to properly clean your shed (both inside and out!)

How to Clean Your Shed (Both Inside and Out)

We hear you. “Aren’t sheds designed to be that building at the bottom of the garden that is meant to be messy?”.

To an extent, you have a point, but if you leave your shed dirty for too long you can quickly encounter a build-up in grime and bacteria that makes it an unpleasant place to be. Even worse, you can encounter animal infestations which will easily put you off your wood shed for an even longer time. We wish we were making this up, but we have seen many people having to replace their sheds entirely due to the damage that has been caused by a certain rodent…

Do you want your shed to suffer as a result of ineffective cleaning techniques or neglect? If the answer is no, then this blog post from Solid Sheds can help.

Cleaning your shed interior

We understand that it is very hard to keep your garden shed spotless throughout its lifespan. After all, there are many garden tools that are bound to get dirty and are stored in your shed interior. But if you have the time, thoroughly cleaning each before putting them back in your shed means that minimal debris will be scattered on the floor, providing a much cleaner environment.

If you’re looking to clean the walls and floors of your shed interior that have fallen victim to a lot of grime over the years, we recommend that you scrub your walls thoroughly with a standard cleaning solution such as dish soap and water. A rag should be able to remove dirt and debris easily, with a harder scrub able to tackle any stubborn mess.

You will then want to tackle the floor, which is undoubtedly going to suffer from mess due to foot traffic and mess from the items stored inside. Here you will want to sweep all of the dirt present and collect it with a dustpan and brush. Again, for harder to tackle mess you will want to use a cleaning solution and soapy water to help eliminate.

It is important to note the longer that you leave your shed interior dirty, the higher risk of mildew build up which can result in mould that destroys wood over the years. This puts a significant reduction on your shed’s lifespan, and who wants that?

Cleaning the outside of your shed

As well as cleaning the inside, you will regularly want to keep on top of the outside of your shed, as this can suffer the same fate as the interior wood due to being exposed to the elements outdoors.

It also helps your shed to look bright, vibrant, and good as new for longer, making it more appealing for both yourself and any visitors that enter your garden. You could use a similar method of scrubbing until your heart is content to clean the exterior, but if that seems like too much of an arduous task then a hosepipe will suffice. Be careful not to put too much pressure on the wood, as the paint can chip, and your shed can become easily damaged. This should remove the majority of the dirt that has accumulated on your shed over time.

We also recommend that you clean your windows by hand, as, similar to the wood, too much pressure can break your glass. Washing them inside and out will add to the fresh feeling that your garden office shed hasn’t experienced in a while. Again, standard washing up detergent and water should do the trick here.

Removing mould in your shed

Mould and mildew are not only a visual deterrent to those that enter the wood shed in your garden, but it is also a sure-fire way of weakening the wood and significantly decreasing the lifespan of your shed. Luckily, there is a quick and easy way to remove mould in a shed, so you can have a better-looking space that will last longer.

To get rid of mould in your shed, mix a bleach and water solution. For sheds that have been painted, use a ¾ cup of bleach and put it in a bucket of water. But for unpainted sheds, a stronger solution can be used, mixing 1 cup of bleach with every 3 cups of water.

Whichever route you go down, you should always fill a second bucket full of plain water.

Then, dampen a sponge in the bleach and water, then scrub the mould with the sponge. Be sure to scrub gently to so you don’t damage the wood. After this, rinse the sponge in the bucket of plain water and use this to rinse off the wood. This way, any diluted bleach solution will not discolour the wood and still have it looking as good as new.

Get in touch

Do you have a garden shed that is damaged beyond repair and need a new model to keep looking as good as new? If so, you’ve come to the right place at Solid Sheds. Be sure to browse our range of sheds on site today, we have many styles that we guarantee will fit your requirements.

We also install the sheds provided, so all you have to do is sit back and relax!

To contact the wooden sheds experts today, give us a call on 01695 51442 or fill out our online form with any detailed enquiries you may have.

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