How to properly clean and organise your garage

Treat your garage to some TLC and it'll reward you with some extra storage space.

A garage being cleaned

by Ryan Gilmore |

If your garage currently resembles something that would see Marie Kondo faint then maybe it's time to take a broom (and other cleaning products) to the mess and reclaim that space.

After all, cluttered garages are a rodent's dream and it very quickly becomes impossible to find the things you need.

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A clean and organised garage will not only mean you'll be able to store more products (or an extra car), but it will make finding things a lot easier. We've put together a guide for the best products to clean, organise and care for your garage right here.

Cleaning tools

Ku00e4rcher WD4 Wet & Dry Vacuum

Wet and dry cleaning
Ku00e4rcher WD4 Wet & Dry Vacuum
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Even the beefiest of home vacuum cleaners will struggle in a filthy garage. Spillages and chunks of debris will have your average Hoover or Dyson reduced to a £200 brick of knackered components. What you need is a proper wet and dry vacuum cleaner like this one from Ku00e4rcher. Suitable for wet and dry cleaning, the 1000W motor is perfect for cleaning a garage and the WD4 should be tough enough for whatever you can throw at it.

WORX WX030 18V CUBEVAC Cordless Compact Vacuum Cleaner

Compact vacuuming
WORX WX030 18V CUBEVAC Cordless Compact Vacuum Cleaner
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If you own a worktable it'll eventually need a clean and a traditional vacuum cleaner may struggle to properly clean it. This handheld vacuum from work is powerful and incredibly lightweight making it ideal for those table-top jobs. If you already have some Worx Power Share tools (like the Hydroshot we've tested) then you can even share the batteries.

Ryobi R18SW3-0 18V ONE+ Cordless Debris Sweeper

Heavy-duty debris sweeper
Ryobi R18SW3-0 18V ONE+ Cordless Debris Sweeper
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A more extreme bit of kit for cleaning the garage, this sweeper from Ryobi is like a road sweeper the council uses, but for your garage. Run it along the ground at the two brushes will collect bits of debris that may be too big for a vacuum cleaner. It comes with a 17-litre storage tank and runs on the Ryobi One+ battery pack.

TDBS Multi-Purpose Rubber Broom

Broom for debris and spillages
TDBS Multi-Purpose Rubber Broom
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Better than a normal broom, this rubber tow-in-one broom also comes with a handy squeegee blade that can be used to clear up spillages.

Tested 2021: "I've been using this broom for a while now and it's very effective. The rubber bristles mean that there's a fair bit of resistance on hard surfaces but it will thoroughly clean surfaces. The squeegee blade is a great addition for small spillages too and the build quality is great too."

Cleaning products

Swarfega Hand Cleaner

Shift oil and grime from your hands
Swarfega Hand Cleaner
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Oil and grime on your hands can be a real pain to clean away. It gets everywhere and is utterly filthy. Thankfully Swarfega is an excellent way to remove that grime with ease and is a garage essential. this four-litre pump bottle is excellent value for money and is now made using cornmeal instead of microbeads which are bad for the environment.

UltraGrime LIFE Garage XXL+ Huge Cleaning Wet Wipes

Garage wet wipes
UltraGrime LIFE Garage XXL+ Huge Cleaning Wet Wipes
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Sometimes there's nothing better for cleaning something than a good wet wipe. These XXL wipes are designed for cleaning cars, bikes and even boats and even feature Vitamin E to keep your hands healthy. Each pack comes with 80 wipes and are a handy (but not essential) addition to your garage.

TouchGuard Black Nitrile Disposable Gloves

Keep your hands clean
TouchGuard Black Nitrile Disposable Gloves
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Your hands will get dirty if you start rooting about in the oily bits of your car so it's a good idea to own some disposable gloves. These are silicone-free and so shouldn't leave any smudges on glass or metal. Each pack contains 100 and they're durable too.

Method Antibacterial Spray

Disinfect surfaces without harming the environment
Method Antibacterial Spray
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Look after your garage and the planet with this eco-minded antibacterial spray. Method products are all water-based and can kill the usual 99.9% of all bacteria. This one should also leave a nice rhubarb scent.

Organisation

Garage Shelving Units: 180cm x 90cm x 45cm

Heavy-duty garage storage
Garage Shelving Units: 180cm x 90cm x 45cm
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Simple garage shelving is the simplest way to properly organise your garage. These shelves are made from steel and wood and each shelf can support 127kg for an overall weight limit of 875kg. It also comes in a range of colours and features a five-year warranty.

SmartStore 32L Clear Plastic Storage Boxes with Lid

Extra storage boxes
SmartStore 32L Clear Plastic Storage Boxes with Lid
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Now you've got your shelves you can further maximise storage space with some proper plastic storage bins. These 32-litre bins come with proper lids and are stackable making them ideal for storing a plethora of car stuff. A ten-year guarantee means these will hold all that extra stuff until the next clear out too.

Sealey AP22507BB 7 Drawer Rollcab

Store your tools properly
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You'll probably want to keep all of your tools in the garage which means a tool chest is a sensible purchase. This 7 drawer rollcab from Sealey is our current top pick because of its good size, excellent build quality and advanced security measures.

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