How To Remove Mould In A Garden Shed

by Claire on October 22, 2012

Your garden shed is the permanent home for your tools, your gardening equipment, anything related to your garden and things you don’t want to store in your house.

Keeping all of these items in your shed prolongs their lifespan and you should also include some of your children’s outdoor toys. The problem, however, is that many of these items can suffer from mould growth if you don’t keep your shed well ventilated.

How To Remove Mould In A Garden Shed

Mould doesn’t like ventilation

Ventilation is key to keeping your mould problems to a minimum. Mould can grow anywhere that moisture can exist which is particularly handy for tools, wood and the many items you keep in cardboard boxes in your garden shed.

Any trapped air that lives in your garden shed will help your mould grow even quicker.

There isn’t a good reason to keep items in cardboard boxes, particularly if you try to store them on your garden shed floor. Where you can, store boxes and other items on batons so the air can flow above, below and around your boxes. This is also good reason to keep your boxes away from your walls rather than trying to use every inch of your garden shed.

You can help reduce the amount of mould that can grow in your shed by making sure that all of your equipment and tools are completely dry before you store them inside your garden shed. Mould loves damp areas for growth so unless you want to be removing mould regularly, only put your lawn mower way when it is clean and dry.

Mould prevention in a garden shed

You can help mould from growing in a garden shed by keeping your shed doors open on fresh days occasionally so you allow fresh air to move around and inside your garden shed.

If possible, you should try to leave the window open as much as you can, particularly during the summer months so you can allow air to flow freely. Unfortunately, you have to balance that against any security risks because you don’t want to encourage burglars to break into your garden shed to remove your favourite items.

You can further prevent mould in a garden shed by laying a damp proof membrane on the floor. This will form a barrier between the floor and your shed and this will reduce the amount of moisture that sits in your garden shed.

If you install drainpipes and a guttering system for your garden shed the rainwater will be filed away from your wooden building. The more you can keep water away from your wooden garden shed the less chance there is that the wood will become damp which will discourage the growth of mould which will eventually rot your wood and you will need to replace that part of your garden shed or perhaps a complete panel.

When you want to clear mould from your garden tools or the shed panels themselves, always wear gloves and goggles because you’re going to be using harmful chemicals in water on the areas where the mould is either growing or could grow.

You will need to scrub the surface of your tools and your shed where you see mould and when you are finished your work with the chemicals you need to clean the entire area with freshwater, preferably from a hose which will ensure that you’ve removed all of the mould, but remembering, of course, to dry every single item before it is returned to your well ventilated shed.

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