There are many ways to revive your old shed, if the structure of the shed is in good condition then rather than building a new one, you can simply clean out your old shed and make it sparkle like the day it was made.
Step 1- A Spring Clean
It may be easier to clean out your shed when it is summer, or at least when the weather isn’t damp, purely because on a dark, rainy day cleaning an outdoor shed may not be on the top of your priority list. Cleaning the shed when it is bright sunny weather however will give you light to work under, and also can be quite a rewarding experience.
Step 2- Clearing Out
Before you commence to cleaning the shed, it may be an idea to first clear out every single item. This means all the stored boxes, or tools, everything. Although this may seem like a daunting task, it will make it much faster and easier in the future when it comes to dusting. When you clear out the items make sure they go in a safe place, should you have tubs of screws or nails then ensure that these do not spill onto the floor, as they can be a health hazard if left. If there are bikes in the shed, clear them out and lay them against the garden wall, out of the way so you have room to clean.
Step 3- Dusting
Sheds are notorious for collecting and storing dust, there really is no way to prevent this from happening either, one way to get rid of the dust while you have the shed clear is to bring a vacuum out from inside the house and make the most of it while the shed is empty. Vacuum the window panes, everywhere; get as much dust out while you can.
Step 4- Using A Damp Cloth
Next, take a few damp cloths and just wipe down the windows; it is an idea to do this after the dusting step because most of the dust will have already been removed. It may be an idea to use some window cleaner to clean the shed windows. Using a window cleaner with vinegar in should be enough to lift the grime and leave it with a dust repellent finish.
Step 5- A New Layer Of Paint
Other than using a damp cloth to wipe down the windows and clearing out the dust, there is nothing more you can really do, however by applying a new layer of paint to the outside of the shed you are able to make the outside gleam as much as the inside. Before painting the area, make sure you sand down the wood- this is to make sure the paint adheres to the wood in the best way possible.
Step 6-Making Inside Repairs
After cleaning the inside of the shed, you may want to check if anything needs repairing while the paint dries, spit wood should either be replaced or glued back together to prevent further damage. If the floorboards seem to have raised over time then nail them back into the foundation, a tub of superglue is especially useful when making simple shed repairs.
Step 7- Tool Storage
Before putting everything back into your shed, you may want to make some storage options for your tools. Sheds can be easily organised by drilling hooks, or pegs into the wood, giving you options to hang your tools or equipment onto the wall.
Jim Spencer has expert knowledge on the upkeep of wooden sheds; he is dedicated to the preservation of sheds and believes that old sheds can be revived with time and effort. Click to buy a highly organised shed that should not be overlooked. This post was brought to you by ilikesheds, the UK’s leading online shed superstore.