When people have plenty of items in your house, the garage is always the next most convenient storage space. Most people use their garage to store old stuff, toys and their kids’ items that they do not need anymore, old clothes, old brown and white goods, and many other things that they do not need on a day to day basis.
However, although the garage is a great place to store some of these items, there are some things that should never ever be stored in a garage.
Some of these things you shouldn’t keep in your garage include:
If you buy your food in bulk, it is easy to stash canned food into the garage when the pantry has no extra space. Keeping food, whether canned or fresh can cause food poisoning. In the garage, the temperature fluctuations can cause bacteria to grow in your canned food.
In addition, rodents and other little critters can effortlessly eat away the food packaging. These creatures can contaminate your food and cause food poisoning.
Moreover, do not store your pet food in the garage as well. It may attract rodents and creatures to your garage. You can already imagine the amount of damage these small creatures can cause.
2. Oil or oily dusters
Never store oil cans or oily dusters in your garage. With no ventilation or spaces to allow free flow of air, the garage can get extremely hot sometimes, causing spontaneous combustions that may lead to devastating fires. Oil, a substance with very high combustibility, can leave you homeless and cause great losses if carelessly kept in a garage. Make sure oil cans are tightly closed with no spillage or oily rags.
Bottles of wine or a 24 pack of beer can occupy lots of space in your fridge. This may not be ideal, especially if you have underage kids in the house who may decide to have their first taste of alcohol.
However, stashing your alcoholic drinks in the garage is not the best option. Alcohol should be kept in a cool dark place, yet the garage has fluctuating temperatures. In cold temperatures, your wine and beer will freeze and hot temperatures will turn your wine into vinegar, and beer into a foul drink. Keep your alcoholic drinks far away from the garage, instead, store them in a cool, dry place.
4. Paint cans
Not unless you have a temperature-controlled garage, do not store paint cans in your garage. Extreme temperatures will alter your paints’ formulas. Read the paint can carefully to know the recommended storage temperatures for your leftover paint.
Moreover, excess moisture will cause paint cans to rust, which will then alter the paint. Rather than keeping your paint cans in the garage, you can keep them in the basement, where the temperatures are cool and dry.
5. Propane gas cylinder
As a precaution to avoid running out of gas during a barbeque, most people get an extra propane gas cylinder and keep it in their garage. However, this is very dangerous. The garage, as mentioned earlier experiences extreme temperatures which are not ideal for propane. Keep your propane gas cylinder away from the house, in a well-aired space.
During cold temperatures, just cover your cylinder with cover and leave it outside together with the grill.
Most people store away books that do not fit on their shelves in their garage. They hope to refer to those books sometime later or give them to their grandkids someday. However, storing books in the garage, is not the best option, although it is popular with most people.
Excess moisture in the garage will cause the books to become damp. Moreover, insects that love dark and damp surroundings, will feast on the glue that binds your book. Get a study room to store all your books, but do not keep them in the garage.
The garage may be a good and safe space to keep some of your goods. However, for items that require controlled temperatures and humidity, it is advisable not to ever stack them in the garage. For the items that you do not need, give them away, sell them or ask a professional company to help you remove them.
If you need help with cleaning and clearing your garage, contact us at Paul’s Rubbish Removal Company. With over decades’ years of experience, we will help to keep your garage clean, and free of items that should never ever be kept in a garage.
Call us today at 0407 125 125 for more information.