How to clean and repair your garden shed

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If your shed has become a dumping ground and you've run out of space to store your gardening equipment, then it's time to take action. Follow our guide to clearing, cleaning and repairing your shed and making it secure.

You will need

  • Tool rack
  • Wooden shelving units
  • Roofing material (if required)
  • Broom
  • Hammer and nails
  • Screwdriver
  • Padlock and security marker kit
  • Tape measure

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Start by taking everything in your shed outside, emptying it completely. Brush cobwebs away, sweep the floor and then check over for any structural damage like rot. Dispose of anything that you don't want or need anymore.

You'll be able to store much more if you invest in some shelving units to keep boxes, packets, bottles, pots and trays in order. Measure your shed before you buy. Also take the tape measure with you to check units will fit through the door when you get them home.

Assemble any units as required and organise and tidy everything away. Fit a tool rack to the wall. Hang or clip tools.

Place a mousetrap or bait box in your shed to prevent vermin setting up home and causing damage.

Use security marker kits to label mowers, tools and power tools with your house number and postcode. This will help to identify them in case of theft.

Finally, make sure you have a strong lock on your shed to prevent thieves from helping themselves.

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