Having a garage is considered a luxury in some places where people leave their cars outdoors where the vehicle is exposed to all of nature’s elements. This isn’t ideal for many parts of your car, including the paint, the fuel in the gas tank, the oil, and some other components. That being said, people with garages often take them for granted and leave them dirty and disorganized. This is why I decided to create this article and give you some of the best tips on how to clean your garage and keep it that way for quite some time!
Cleaning a garage begins with taking everything out. Then it is time to sort your tools and items into different categories and decide which and what is going to be put back once you clean everything. The cleaning process itself consists of removing the dirt and dust first, and then either power washing or simply washing the floor and walls. If you think a new floor and wall paint will do the place a favor, then go for it.
What is very essential to the whole process is to have a place to put all your garage items until you clean it up. If the weather is bad and you don’t want to transfer all the dust into the living part of your house, I suggest you wait up for a few days until it is nice enough outside so you can put everything on the alley. Your car is another thing that you wouldn’t want putting back in immediately after you take everything out, as all the dust will settle on top of it and make it super hard to clean afterwards. Now, let’s take a look at the steps you have to go through for a proper garage makeover!
Step 1 – Make A Plan
Before you touch anything in the garage it is important to plan everything out. As I mentioned, you have to do a checklist of sorts. Here is what I normally would do:
- Figure out where you will put all of the items that you will take out
- Decide whether you want to sell or donate any of the items
- Decide which items will you throw away and where (if they are a lot)
- Find a place for your car
- Prepare the materials you will need
Remember that a proper garage cleaning procedure involves cleaning the ceiling, the walls, and the floor. If this is the first time doing it since you bought the house you might take advantage of the opportunity and repaint the walls and maybe even lay out some new floor surface.
Another essential part of this first planning step is also figuring out which items will be coming back to the garage.
Pro Tip: Organize your items into categories when you take them outside the garage. That way, when you start putting everything back inside you will be able to easily categorize them and even place them within item-specific sections (ex. sports items, car items, etc.).
Some of the materials you should prepare before you start cleaning are:
- Brushes, brooms, and sponges for the dust and dirt
- Cloths and buckets to remove stains from the floor
- Wire brushes for the harder stains
- Stain remover and paint (optional)
- Soap or any other cleaning detergent
- Storing boxes for the items you will remove
Step 2 – Start Cleaning
First, start with the items getting in your way. Remember that the final goal is to have an empty garage with easy access to its walls, ceiling, and floor. When you get to that point, cleaning or re-paining it will be the easy and fun part, trust me!
Initiate your item relocating process. If there are too many things to be thrown away you can order a dumping company to come pick up everything you put aside as useless.
Having your kids or wife help is always going to be helpful as it might seem little but you will be surprised how much stuff can fit in a single garage. It goes without saying that before you begin doing this, you should have always found a safe spot for your car to park at where it won’t be damaged from any of the steps in this process.
Pro Tip: When its time to start the actual cleaning, you should remember one thing – start from the top and work your way to the floor. That way, all the dirty water and dust altogether will be falling on a dirty surface instead of on a surface you already cleaned.
Use a broom to clean the ceiling from any dust and spider webs it has. If you have an automatic car door mechanism, clean it nicely as well and check if it works properly after that. It may need a little greasing if you’ve wiped its own clean off. Remove light bulbs and clean their sockets and around them nicely. Use window cleaner for any windows that are present.
How to Handle The Floor
By the time you are ready with the ceiling and walls you should have a pretty solid mess on the floor. Use a broom to push everything outside or just pick it up and dispose of it in your trash. A good way to handle dust on the floor of not flying up again is to spray it with water and make it a little wet. That way you will be able to broom it off easily.
A New Floor Maybe?
After you are done with that, mop up the floor. If there are any stains left, use the wire brush and detergents to clean them up. Careful not to damage the surface. Once you have a clean floor you might want to do a little refresh for your garage and repaint it or lay down a new floor surface. The simplest solution is to just use high quality floor paint. It will seal all the cracks and extend the life of your garage. It isn’t that expensive either.
At the end of the whole cleaning process make sure you wipe everything dry. If you leave the garage wet from all the cleaning and close the door, you will just create a fungus and mould paradise. This is also especially dangerous for your car as it will promote and accelerate the creation of rust.
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Step 3 – Organize It Nicely
When it’s time to finally get things back nice together, make sure you keep a proper organization. Figure out whether you will build some new shelves for your garage and more importantly – whether they will fit alongside your car. Shelves are a great way to keep things organized in a garage without having stuff laying on the ground everywhere. A cupboard is an even better option to keep your tools in.
Start getting everything back in once you are ready with the ordering but make sure that the things you are putting back aren’t super dirty or dusty. If they are, clean them off and then proceed. Keep your car for last and park it only when you are ready with everything else.
One last thing – the cleaner you keep your garage in the future, the easier it will be to do a huge cleaning like that, as there will be less dirt and fewer items placed everywhere. Keep things tidy and clean and you will always love entering your garage.
How do I clean my garage floor after winter?
Winter can be tough on both your car and your garage floor. The chemicals, sand, or salt used on your local roads to treat them against icing and snow might damage your floor permanently if left on it. The best way to clean that away after winter is over is to use a solution consisting of:
- 1 gallon of warm water
- Dish soap (as much as you want)
- 1 cup of vinegar
That solution also works for the inside of your car (just for the carpet and flooring parts). If you want to know how to clean your leather interior, check out my article on the topic. Use a stiff deck brush for the harder stains and mop up everything else with as much solution you want.
Winter is also harsh on your car. Because of that I’ve also created an article on how to clean and take care of your car during those cold months of the year. Click here to learn more.
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Many people are unaware that there is a golden psi used by professionals that cleans concrete the best. That number is 3000 psi. For instance, pressure washers for cars should be around 700 psi, while decks and house exteriors should be cleaned with a pressure of 1500psi.
Figuring out how to clean your garage isn’t a very hard process especially when you have a good plan laid out. Following steps is always an easy process and this is why I wanted to create a simple 3-step process everyone could get behind. If you want to learn more about car maintenance, just check out my “Professional Tips” section!