Spring cleaning at our house doesn’t stop with just the interior, we also spring clean our garage as well. Spring cleaning the garage gives us the opportunity to knock down cobwebs, straighten up the mess and have the garage ready for summer use. Here are a few ways that our family “spring cleans” our garage.
Sort and put away
If your garage looks like a dumping ground like mine does, spring cleaning has to start with getting organized. We usual spend a full day in putting away the Christmas decorations, Christmas lights and the winter toys, hauling donations down to the thrift store, returning tools in their proper place, and throwing out or recycling anything that we don’t need anymore.
Work from the top down
With the garage organized, we then work from the top down when it comes to knocking away the dust and cobwebs. We vacuum the walls, window sills, and work bench with a brush attachment on our commercial shop vac, then switch to a floor brush to vacuum up the debris on the floor. If you don’t have a shop vac, a brush and a dust pan will work just fine.
Wash the windows
Garages don’t have a lot of light anyway which is why it’s important to keep those windows shiny clean. I scrub with the inside and the outside of the garage windows with a mix of warm water and sudsy ammonia which does a great job of cutting through the grease.
Wash the fixtures
Garage light fixtures are very attractive to moths, gnats, and other little insect that can block the light. Spring cleaning means removing the glass shades and washing them in the kitchen sink with warm water and Dawn. While the fixtures are air drying, this is also a great time to vacuum the fixtures and light bulbs.
Remove oil stains
Winter oil spills should also be tackled before they spread. My easy fix is to toss cheap kitty litter on the spill, let it soak overnight, and then sweep everything up. What’s left is scrubbed off using a stiff bristle brush and laundry detergent.
Scrub down the garage door
Garage doors can also stand a little cleaning from time to time. If your garage doors are wooden like mine, a stiff broom will do a great job of removing cobwebs and dust. Doors that are metal or vinyl can be wiped down with a 1:5 solution of laundry detergent and water, followed by a clean water rinse.
For those of us who have been cooped up indoors since last winter, spring cleaning means we can finally open up the house, bring in some fresh air, and clean out all the accumulated dust and soot that have been settling in the corners of our home. Including the garage in spring cleaning plans will make this part of our homes a nicer space to use as well.
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