Spring Cleaning: 9 Garage-Cleaning Tips
Spring is right around the corner and it is time to start tackling that spring cleaning. While this might not be the most exciting part of the seasonal change, it’s definitely one of the most rewarding. And it’ll get you even more excited for the warm months ahead when you pull those folding chairs and pool toys out of that forgotten garage cabinet. Here are nine tips for tidying up the garage—get cleaning:
- Squeaky clean: wash everything. Wash your garage floor, any windows and your garage door itself. A simple mixture of soap and water is sufficient to clean all of these. This will not only make your garage look good, but keep your garage working well, too. We recommend washing your garage door twice a year to get rid of dirt and dust buildup than can lead to minor issues with your garage door.
- Waterproof it: make the previous task a little easier on yourself next spring and waterproof your garage floor this year. A coat of epoxy will keep it dry year-round (which comes in handy during the snowy, icy winters) and makes it a breeze to clean. After it’s been waterproofed, you can just hose the floor down with a garden hose and squeegee the water out.
- Weather strip it: check the weather stripping at the bottom of your garage door and at the bottom of any other windows or doors in your garage. If it is damaged or missing in any places, replace it—you can find rolls of weather stripping at hardware stores. This will keep moisture, leaves and insects from getting into the garage and ruining all your hard work!
- Look up: get more floor space by moving storage from the floor to the walls and ceiling. You can find multiple, simply DIY guides online for building easy wall shelves or ceiling storage for plastic storage bins, charcoal, tools and anything else you might keep in your garage. This will help free up floor space, as well as moving potentially hazardous or dangerous materials out of reach of kids and pets.
- Fresh coat of paint: while you clean, see if there are any places, inside the garage or out, that need a new coat of paint—and make sure to check the garage door, too. Nothing makes a space look dingier than chipped paint. Luckily, this is a quick easy fix.
- Oil it up: use a spray lubricant to coat the overhead springs once or twice a year and a white lithium grease on your garage door opener’s chain. These will keep them (quietly) running like new and help stave off any potential repair jobs.
- Reseal grout lines: if you have any. Chipped grout is not only unattractive, but can create openings for moisture and insects. As you inspect your grout, look for any other cracks in your concrete or siding. If you see anything major, call a professional. If you see minor holes or cracks, seal it with spray foam to keep moisture and insects out.
- Inspect it: so not necessarily a cleaning tip per-se, but since you’re out in the garage getting your hands dirty, this is a great time to do a DIY garage door inspection and make sure everything is working properly. Check out our guide for how to do one quickly and easily.
- Start from scratch: if you really want to start fresh this spring, think about remodeling your garage and turning it into a man cave or game room. Look online for some cool inspiration and then come talk to us about bringing it to life—you’ll need a new garage door to top it all off!
What are your favorite spring cleaning tips? Let us know and we’ll share them on social media! If you have any questions about what the team at Discount Garage Door can do for you, give your local garage door installation and repair experts a call. In the greater Tulsa area—including Broken Arrow, Owasso, Bixby, Jenks, Sand Springs, Bartlesville and more—you can call us at (918) 234-3667. In the Oklahoma City area, you can call us at (405) 525-3667. In Southern OKC—including Moore, Norman and more—call (405) 848-6700. In Edmond or Stillwater, call (405) 348-2000. Find us on social media—we’re on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. You can also go to the “free quote” section on our website to get started on an estimate today!