Summer brings with it longer days, warmer weather, and the perfect opportunity to tackle one of those overlooked tasks on your to-do list: cleaning the garage and making it smell better.
With its pleasant temperatures and increased sunlight, summer provides an ideal environment to roll up your sleeves and give your garage a much-needed makeover.
Not only does a clean garage create a sense of organization and efficiency, but it also presents an opportune time to address any lingering odors that may have accumulated over time.
By taking advantage of the summer season, you can declutter, deep clean, and implement odor-removal strategies to transform your garage into a fresh and functional space for the rest of the year.
In this article, the odor experts from Bio-Bombs provide tips on how to clean out your garage this summer with a focus on odor removal:
10 Common Garage Odors
1. Gasoline & Oil
Garages often store vehicles and various machinery that can release gasoline or oil fumes, resulting in a distinct odor. Spills or leaks can also contribute to lingering smells. Cleaning these spills can help cut down on unwanted odors. Always store your extra fuel in safe containers to avoid any accidents or messes.
2. Chemicals & Solvents
Many household chemicals and solvents are commonly stored in garages. These substances can emit strong odors, especially if containers are not properly sealed or if spills occur. It is always a good idea to check your old cans and bottles of chemicals. If they are old or dried out it is best to discard them. Even if they are not leaking you can free up some valuable storage space in your garage.
3. Clean and Prevent Mold & Mildew
Garages can be prone to dampness and poor ventilation, creating an environment conducive to mold and mildew growth. These fungi can produce musty odors, particularly in areas with water damage or excessive humidity. Use an antimicrobial cleaner and disinfectant to clean mold and mildew. Using bleach is effective but there is no need to breathe in the harsh odors and smells when there are so many effective and safe cleaners like our Bio-Bomb Minis.
4. Remove Trash & Waste
Garages are sometimes used as temporary storage areas for trash and waste, including household garbage, recycling, or compost. Accumulated waste can emit unpleasant odors, particularly if not disposed of regularly. Wash and clean out trash bins regularly to prevent smells from lingering and building up over time.
5. Remove Pet Odors
If pets have access to the garage, their presence can contribute to odors from urine, feces or pet dander. Odors may also arise from pet-related items, such as litter boxes, bedding, or stored pet food.
6. Paint & Paint Thinners
Garages often serve as a workspace and storage for painting projects. The smell of paint and paint thinners can linger in the air, particularly if ventilation is inadequate or if there are spills or residues left behind. If you have old containers of paint, stain, varnish, or paint thinner check that they are sealed. If your paints and other painting chemicals are old it may be time to discard them.
7. Fertilizers & Pesticides
Gardening supplies, including fertilizers and pesticides, are frequently stored in garages. These products can have strong odors, especially if containers are damaged or not properly sealed.
8. Gym Equipment Odors
If the garage doubles as a home gym, the presence of sweat-soaked exercise equipment, gym bags, or used workout clothing can contribute to lingering odors. Clean your workout area regularly to help remove any sweat and body odors. Cleaning workout mats and equipment will keep them cleaner and less prone to smelling bad.
9. Moisture & Stagnant Water
Water leaks, condensation, or improper drainage in the garage can create a moist environment. This moisture, along with stagnant water in containers or on the floor, can lead to unpleasant odors over time. Clean up any excess water or moisture in your garage. Fix any leaking windows, roof leaks, and other points of moisture to cut down on places mold can grow. Caulk windows and doors where water can penetrate and make sure things close properly and there are no gaps. If you have old windows, doors, or seals on your garage door it might be time to update them.
10. Old or Decaying Items
Garages often become repositories for items that are no longer in use or are awaiting disposal. Over time, these items can deteriorate or decay, emitting musty or rotting odors. Make it an annual chore to clean and declutter your garage. It will help with odors, messes, and make your space feel more organized.
The 5 Best Tips for Cleaning The Garage to Remove Odors
Here are five tips for decluttering and cleaning a garage with a focus on odor removal from Bio-Bombs:
1. Declutter & Organize
Start by decluttering the garage and removing any unnecessary items. Sort through belongings, and discard or donate items that are no longer needed.
By reducing the number of items in the garage, you minimize potential odor sources and create a cleaner space.
2. Deep Clean Surfaces
Thoroughly clean all surfaces in the garage, including walls, floors, shelves, and cabinets.
Use a suitable cleaner or a mixture of water and mild detergent to remove dirt, dust, and grime.
Pay special attention to areas where odors may have accumulated, such as spills, stains, or corners.
3. Ventilate The Space
Proper ventilation is essential for reducing odors in a garage.
Open doors and windows to increase air circulation and allow fresh air to flow through.
Consider using fans or installing a ventilation system to promote airflow and minimize musty or stagnant odors.
4. Address Specific Odors
For specific odor sources, take targeted measures. For example, if gasoline or oil spills have caused persistent smells, clean the affected areas with an appropriate degreaser or absorbent material to remove residue.
If mold or mildew is present, use a mold-specific cleaner or Bio-Bombs odor eliminator products to remove odor-causing organisms.
5. Use Bio-Bombs Odor Eliminators
To tackle lingering odors in the garage, there’s no better product than Bio-Bomb.
Following the instructions on the packaging, place them strategically throughout the space, particularly in areas prone to odors or near known sources.
Powered by Chlorine Dioxide (CIO2), our products often work in just one treatment to help neutralize and eliminate unwanted smells in a garage in less than 24 hours.
Our odor granule kits are great in cabinets and other smaller spaces to help absorb odors over time. They are easy to replace and can make a big difference in your garage or other storage area.
Remember to follow safety precautions when handling cleaning agents and ensure proper ventilation while working in the garage. Regular maintenance and periodic cleaning will help prevent odors from returning and keep the garage smelling fresh.
What Are Bio-Bombs?
Bio-Bombs utilize Chlorine Dioxide and the gas-off method to effectively eliminate odors.
Our innovative odor elimination products release CIO2 in a controlled manner, generating a gas that permeates the treated area.
The gas-off method allows CIO2 to reach inaccessible spaces, penetrating porous materials and neutralizing odors at their source. As the gas dissipates, it eliminates odorous molecules, bacteria, and mold spores, leaving behind a fresh and odor-free environment.
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Questions? You can contact us and we’ll be happy to explain how to use the products for the best results.