Sunday, October 20, 2013

Tips For Keeping Your Garden Shed Well-Maintained

At times, keeping a garden shed well-maintained might seem like too much work.  After all, just keeping it clean and repairing any damages can be very time consuming and require a lot of effort.

However, if you follow this basic maintenance routine on your shed once a year, it will be very easy for you to keep both the outside and inside of your shed in great condition.  One thing you can do to help reduce your maintenance time is to buy wood for the shed that has been pressure treated.  What this does is help protect it from insect damage and rot.

Here is your annual shed maintenance plan:

1. Take everything out of the shed.  By taking everything out, you will be able to clearly see any areas of the garden shed that are in need of being treated or repaired.

2.  Thoroughly clean the inside of the shed.  Once the garden shed has been emptied out, you can begin the cleaning process.  Sweep the floor, dust, get rid of cobwebs and clean the windows.  Another good thing to do is to oil the locks and door hinges.

3.  Treat your shed for protection.  Varnish is one of the best ways to treat a wooden garden shed.  Another option is to apply a wood preservative treatment.  It is essential to treat the shed as part of your regular maintenance.  However, if your shed has been pressure treated, it probably won't need any preservative treatment that other sheds do to protect from insect damage and rot.  However, varnish and wood stain can still be applied to help prevent the wood from fading or splitting due to being exposed to the sun.  Make sure all of the openings and corners of the wood get thoroughly treated to prevent the build up of moisture.

4.  Inspect and repair the shed's roof.  It is essential to keep a garden shed's roof in good repair.  Otherwise, everything stored inside will be ruined.  Changes in the weather conditions an easily affect a roof.  Inspect your shed's roof on a regular basis and make any necessary repairs right away.  Even small tears can turn into big, gaping holes in windy or stormy weather conditions.

5.  Sort the shed's contents.  After the shed has been treated and cleaned, you will need to let it dry.  During this time, you can work on sorting through the contents you emptied out of the shed earlier.  Figure out which items you want to keep and which things can be thrown out.  It's easy for things to pile up and accumulate in a garden shed.  It's sometimes tough to throw things out when you think certain items might come in handy some day.  Try to be as sensible and realistic as possible when you are sorting through these items.  A well-organized shed makes it much easier to find what you are looking for.  Tossing out seldom or never used items will also free up a lot of space inside the shed.

6. Restock the shed.  Organize the items according to their purpose.  For example, store all of your garden tools together in one area.  Cabinets, hooks and shelves can help to dramatically increase how much storage is available.  A well-organized shed also makes it a lot easier to find just what you are looking for.

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