We all know that a garden shed is a practical structure perfect for storing small tools, flower pots, wheelbarrows, and lawnmowers along with many other types of items. But there's no reason why a shed can't look good while serving its practical purpose. Wooden sheds can be vulnerable to mold and mildew. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to get rid of mildew and protect your shed. Consider some tips on how to clean your shed and keep the mildew away.
The Benefits of Using a Natural Cleaner
Using a natural cleaning solution helps you maintain the walls of your shed while being environmentally friendly. When you wash away the cleaning solution, you don't have to worry about it hurting the plants and animals living around your shed. Plus, it's likely that you already have many of the simple ingredients used to create a natural cleaning solution for your shed. This helps you to avoid spending money on expensive pre-made cleaners.
How to Clean Your Shed
The first step of cleaning your wooden shed is to rinse all of the excess dirt and dust from the walls. A high-pressure hose is excellent for removing dirt and grime that has been there for a while. Next, put on a pair of rubber gloves and use a sturdy-bristled brush to apply your homemade cleaning solution to the wood. Move your scrub brush evenly over the wood so you don't miss any spots. It may be necessary to scrub areas of stubborn mildew with a toothbrush. Check to see if there is any damaged wood or splinters. Also, take a moment to check the condition of your shed windows to see if they need your attention. After washing all of the walls, thoroughly rinse them with plain water. It's best to clean your walls on a sunny day so your shed has a chance to dry out.
Protecting the Walls of Your Shed from Mildew
If you want to protect your shed from mildew, you can put a sealant on the wood. A sealant keeps water from getting into the wood and causing mold and mildew to form. Plus, a coat of sealant can protect the shed's color from fading in the sun. Sealant can be applied with a paintbrush to all of the walls of a shed.
Clear the Area Around Your Shed
Sometimes the items stacked around your shed can lead to wall damage. For instance, a pile of logs stacked next to your shed can attract termites, carpenter ants, and other insects that can burrow into the walls of your shed. Plus, mice and other rodents can make a home in a log pile and invade your shed. Rodents can chew on the walls as well as destroy items inside your shed. Leave a foot or so between your shed and any items around it.
Cleaning the walls of your shed can help it to last longer and look its best on your property. Just a couple of hours of work on your walls can give you a shed you can be proud of. Thanks for reading! - Alan