The other key difference is that cylinder steam cleaners take longer to get ready – normally a few minutes – but the advantages are longer running times and less filling up. Some can even be topped up as you clean, so you don’t have to turn off the cleaner to keep going.

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In testing at all three of the sites mentioned above, the Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940 performed well in cleaning a variety of messes, including ground-in dirt and dried food spills. It also had the ability to produce just the right amount of steam to get floors clean, without leaving them overly wet. YourBestDigs.com notes that it took only about two minutes for the floors to dry after using the 1940, or, as they note, about the time it takes to put the unit away and walk back across your floor without leaving a trail of footprints.

Folding Wall-Mounted Workbench by Bench Solution saves valuable floor space, provides a heavy-duty work surface with a load rating, folds down to take up less than 4 inches of garage space, and can be customized for your height.

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Gypsum board protection is also required at all structural elements supporting the roof and any attic or floor above so most of the other walls would need to be covered with gypsum board. To avoid these requirements you would need to locate the garage more than 3 ft from the house.

Locate studs using a stud finder and mark them with masking tape, then draw a level line 3 ft. above the garage floor. Start at the center of the wall with a 4-ft. level and work to each side. Garage floors often slope, so don’t simply measure from the floor to establish the line. Set the first strip above the level line, screwing it to every stud with two 2-1/2-in. screws (Photo 1). Space the remaining strips so they line up with the screw holes on the standards you use—ours were 22 in. from center to center.

Toting around dirt, plants, tools, and debris is much easier with a wheelbarrow or garden cart. The size and depth you will need depends largely on the size of your garden. Look for stability and maneuverability.

The steam itself is powerful and variable, making it perfect for lifting ingrained stains, as well as scrubbing up hard floors and carpets a treat. The triangular cleaning head is also brilliant for getting into stubborn corners.

[…] }); In fact, we have used a lot of tips and tricks for organizing our garage (see some of them here), and even created our own tool organizers with this project. While taking these steps has helped […]

Magnetic knife holders sold at kitchen-supply stores can be mounted to the wall with a few screws and will keep paintbrush bristles from being squashed. Hang the brushes bristle end down for proper drying and to minimize the amount of dust that collects between the bristles. You can also store other metal tools and utensils this way.

I’ve been using this constantly for about 5 months. The mechanism that holds the brooms in place is still as tight as when I got it. You do have to use a tad bit of force to push your items in and pull them out. It shouldn’t be a problem at all for most people but if you are elderly or have arthritis it may be an issue.

Curious for those of you who finish the interior walls in your garage, what are you using? Sheetrock looks awful if you use it like a garage and at $50 per sheet installed and painted it can get costly quick. I’m thinking either .375 plywood painted or something like prepainted Hardiboard. At least with plywood when you hang s bracket it’s not going anywhere.

I did this organization project last spring. The good news is that it held up through out the rest of the year. It still looks good after a full season of using the tools. NOt all my organization schemes are keepers. This one is.

If you have little room to park your car, cleaning up and getting things organized will help immensely. You can hang a pegboard, which are really inexpensive by the way, and make more floor space. Just get a few hooks to hang tools and garden supplies. You can also hang baskets and small totes from hooks to keep smaller items put away. Via: MSN – Reclaim Your Parking Space

Some of the steam mops feature a two-sided, flip mop head that allows you to clean twice as much floor before changing the mop pad. One pad is soft for use on delicate flooring such as hardwood and laminates. The other pad has built-in scrubbing strips that facilitate cleaning tough messes.

The removable water tank makes the Bissell 19404 SteamFresh a breeze to fill the tank, without searching around for a measuring cup. It also makes the tank exceptionally easy to empty after you’ve finished mopping.

Steam mops can be used on ceramic tile, grout, sealed wood floors or linoleum flooring, but you should always check the care instructions from your flooring manufacturer to make sure you don’t accidentally void your warranty. Some types of flooring are sensitive to moisture and the National Wood Flooring Association notes that “steam or excessive water may damage a wood floor.” Manufacturers such as Armstrong/Bruce Hardwood & Laminate Flooring and Avaire Floating Porcelain Tile do not recommend steam mops, while LM Hardwood does recommend them. It’s best to check your warranty ahead of time to see what stance the manufacturer takes.

A sturdy cabinet can be ideal for tucking tools, bags of soil, and other supplies out of sight. If you have children, choose a style with lockable doors to secure dangerous items, such as sharp tools, weed killer, and insecticide.

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While steam is flowing, we felt a slight, intermittent vibration in the handle of the PowerFresh. It was helpful in some way to know when the mop had steam (since it lacks a warm-up/cool-down light), but it could be annoying to some with longer cleaning jobs.

Easy Trap Filip Holder clamps onto the Easy Trap duster allowing use of both sides of the cloth without bending over and without touching debris. Holder works with standard threaded broom handle (sold separately).

The wall mounted holder works well, nothing slides down (so far) and the storage seems secure. My only suggestion to make this a 5-star product would be to have a small tab to push up the spring mounted arms that hold your items in place. I don’t have an issue loading or unloading a handle, but my Wife does. She complains that the springs are too strong (but they need to be). She can get things out of the organizer but leaves me to put them back 🙂 . Rather than use the supplied hardware I used wallboard anchors that are a bit more substantial. With six of these holding up the Mop and Broom holder, it’s not going anywhere. We purchased two organizers: one to mount one behind the door to the laundry/mud room for mops, booms, a hardwood floor sweeper and a yard stick. The second will go in my garage to store a broom, scrub brush, paint roller handles and a push-broom. It’s difficult to see it on the product photos on Amazon but there are also six flip down hooks, they aren’t heavy duty but rather a nice place to hang light-weight items. If you are looking for a way to get similar items off your floors and out of corners, this has item has met my expectations and then some.

It’s a sturdy hand broom. I use it for my fireplace. The bristles don’t flake off, and it sweeps well. The corn isn’t inclined to burn when brushing ash and coal back into the fireplace. It’s bigger than the ones i used to get, and i was hoping it was smaller. Also, they shouldn’t cost what they do…i remember buying them at Ace for a couple bux back in the day, but i guess that’s the classic old timer’s complaint.

Hang a pallet on your wall for a convenient way to hang large tools. Slide hooks over wood slats on the pallet, or hammer nails into the wood, then hang your large tools from the hooks. This will free up floor space and is a great way to store your tools when you don’t have a lot of space.[6]

Allen Rathey is a cleaning expert who promotes healthier indoor spaces. He is past-president of the Housekeeping Channel and the Healthy House Institute, and principal of the Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) culminating more than 30 years of experience in making indoor places cleaner. He has been tapped as an expert by the New York Times, Real Simple, U.S. News & World Report, and other national media.