Your garage is often one of the messiest places of your home. It sees a lot of traffic because it's also used as a storage area. However, it's important to keep your garage tidy for health and safety reasons. We're here to share some tips on how to clean up garage messes, based on common issues people see.
Garage Mess #1 - Greasy Spills
Whether it's from storing vehicles or yard equipment, it's highly likely that your garage has seen its share of oil leaks. These leaks can cause a big mess, whether it's from staining your floors to being tracked into the house by an unknowing pedestrian. They can also be dangerous. Many slips and falls occur from oil or grease spills.
However, they are relatively simple to clean up. If there is standing oil or grease, you can use a surprising ingredient to soak up the excess...inexpensive clay kitty litter! Sprinkle the cat litter on top of the standing oil or grease. Over the course of the day, the litter will soak it up. Simply brush the litter granules into a dust pan and dispose in the trash. You can also use sawdust. If you notice stains on the floor, we recommend check out this blog for more information.
Garage Mess #2 - The Unwanted Houseguests
In months of extreme weather, your garage is seen as an oasis to the high or low temperatures to a variety of critters. These include ants, spiders, rodents, snakes, birds, and stray animals. Part of keeping these creatures in the great outdoors where they belong is keeping a clean garage. By following our garage organization tips, you also create a less-hospitable environment for these animals. Additionally, it is important to:
- Dust frequently to remove spider webs and wasp nests.
- Hire an exterminator for quarterly pest treatments, particularly if you have continued issues.
- Patch any broken windows or holes leading into your garage.
Garage Mess # 3 - The Sticky Mess
Many Americans keep a second refrigerator in their garage. Others use it as a place to get together and host cookouts there. This can lead to all sorts of messes. Exploding sodas, spilled food, or broken cleaning supplies such as soap can make a big, slippery mess out of your garage. It's important to clean up these spills as they happen to avoid any really nasty messes. However, if you don't catch them in time, you can usually clean up sticky messes by combining extremely hot water with a grease-cutting liquid detergent (such as Dawn). Soak up the solution with a towel and place over the sticky substance for 30 minutes. The heat from the water and grease cutting agent in the detergent will make the mess easier to clean up.
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