If you are like most homeowners, your garage is the most disorganized place in your home. It’s often easy to overlook the garage, letting it become dirty or overrun with storage items. While spring cleaning might not be the thing you most look forward to when the nicer weather breaks, you’ll have a satisfied feeling after it’s done, knowing that it is cleaned and organized. Here are some helpful tips to help get your garage ready for those long summer days.
1. DECLUTTER YOUR GARAGE
Although the garage is often one of the most used spaces in the home, they also tend to be the most cluttered. The first step you should take is getting rid of every item that you don’t need. To do this, use these helpful steps:
- Take everything out of the garage. Place it on your lawn or driveway so that you can easily see everything that you have.
- Make separate piles: keep, donate, recycle, throw away, and sell.
- When trying to decide if you really need to keep an item that you haven’t used in the last few years, ask yourself why and if it is worth keeping.
- Use plastic storage bins to store any remaining items. These bins make it easier to be stacked or tucked away in the garage.
For all of the items that you are not keeping, have a plan in place to get them where they need to go in a timely manner. Putting them back in your garage for an extended amount of time defeats the purpose of all your hard work.
2. CLEAN YOUR GARAGE AND THE FLOOR
After the cold winter is gone, it is very common for a garage floor to be left with road salt and sand everywhere. Follow these steps to get your garage floor sparkly and clean again!
- Sweep to remove any large chunks of debris or dirt from the garage floor.
- Fill a bucket with water, detergent, and vinegar. Use the solution and a stiff-bristled broom to scrub away any dirt or salt deposits.
- Use clean water to rinse the floor.
3. AIR OUT YOUR GARAGE
While your garage is empty, make sure to open any windows and doors that open to the outside. This allows your garage to get a good airing out while all of the clutter is gone. You can also position a fan at one of the open windows or doors to help speed up the airing out process.
4. INSPECT YOUR GARAGE DOOR AND OPENER
Inspecting your garage door system periodically is advised. You’ll want to ensure that the opener is working properly, especially the safety functions. Inspect your garage door for issues such as rust, warping, or other age-related problems. Make sure that the moving parts of your garage door (springs, rollers, tracks, hinges, & pulleys) are all well lubricated.
Use a spine and warm water with dish detergent to scrub the windows and then rinse them. Using a microfiber cloth to dry the windows will eliminate any streaks.
5. CLEAN YOUR GARAGE DOOR FRAME AND WINDOWS
Your garage door is on display for everyone to see. A garage door with caked-on dirt or grime can attract the kind of attention that you don’t want. The garage door may require a simple scrubbing or hosing off, although you could opt to paint or stain the doorframe.
6. SCHEDULE A PROFESSIONAL INSPECTION
In order to prevent both minor and major issues with your garage door, it is important to schedule regular maintenance with your local garage door professionals. An annual garage door inspection can help preserve the health of your garage door and keep it functional for longer.
If you need your garage door repaired or replaced, look no further than The Garage Door Guy Corp. Contact us to get a quote or schedule your appointment today!