This post brought to you by Spray Nine. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Thrift Diving.
I’ll admit it.
I’m a DIY slob.
My garage has consistently been the most messiest, grimiest, dirtiest place of my home!
For three years, I’ve promised you that I would turn it into a pretty workshop, but I do believe I’ve consistently failed that challenge. LOL!
It’s such an overwhelming task that I never really knew where to start. Do you ever run into that problem, too??
I’ll do a small section and then–BAM!–whatever cleaning gains I’ve made, the area get overrun by dirt, dust, and discarded tools and supplies!
I’m not proud to show you my “slobbiness,” but if you’ve got a mess that needs cleaning up as well, then you and I can support each other!
This week I decided I’d give it another shot, starting with my workbench!
I’d like to think that all “creative geniuses” spaces look like this, but I may be just trying to make myself feel better.
And there’s more to this work bench than just the obvious lack of organization.
You see, my garage is a hot, humid, musty ‘ole place where mold grows faster than weeds.
As I started removing everything from the workbench, I noticed that one of my hats that has been hanging for awhile finally grew nasty mold.
I could only imagine what other dirt and grime was under those tools and supplies!
Let The Deep Cleaning Begin!
This is the hardest part of cleaning up and getting organized:
Where does everything go??!
I had some floor space (surprise, surprise!) so I removed everything from the workbench, pegboard, and shelves onto the floor. My husband was not happy with the shifting clutter, but it’s a necessary evil to purge everything at once so you can jump right in to a project!
I had the opportunity to try out a spray cleaner I had never used before called Spray Nine.
It’s a heavy-duty cleaner, degreaser, and disinfectant. And not just perfect for workbenches, but you can use it on virtually any surface, including your vehicle (engines, tires, dashboards, upholstery, etc.) and even on your tools, toilets, and greasy grill. I could go on and on.
(Click here to Take the Spray Nine Challenge.)
It’s gotten awesome ratings on Amazon, which I consider to be “The Holy Grail” of product reviews. So I was excited to try it on the workbench to see how well it would clean.
As you can see, as the stuff got moved, the grime was evident.
There was some yellowing on the pegboard, too.
Spray Nine did a great job cleaning up the “yellowing”!
AFTER – Yellow cleaned up!
I’ll likely give this pegboard a fresh coat of white paint, and perhaps add my Thrift Diving logo up there. 😉
My goal is to repaint the workbench as the weather cools and I want to make sure that any debris is cleaned up before I add another layer of fresh white.
I did a little test area on the bench and liked the results!
There are a lot of scuff marks, so of course, those were permanent. But it’s clear just how dirty the workbench was.
The Most Dramatic Results!
Meet my vintage cabinet.
Remember I found it at this salvage and antique shop in Minnesota last year?
Well, I thought I had cleaned it well when I brought it home.
But after applying Spray Nine to it, I realized I had been fooling myself.
It was filthy!
See for yourself!
I was shocked that the Spray Nine worked so well to remove all those years of vintage dirt.
The truth is that you don’t realize just how dirty something is until you’ve had a chance to compare it when it’s clean!
The side on the left was cleaned with Spray Nine, and the right side was dirty.
Be prepared for the amount of dirt that comes off by having tons of fresh, clean towels on hand.
I only had one, so it got pretty filthy and I had to keep going to the sink to rinse it out. Annoying!
I hadn’t expected to see the top of the metal cabinet shine the way it did, but yep–those are reflections right there, my friend!
I’ve always wanted to paint the back of the shelving.
I had some left over Soft Gray and decided to use that. I think it will compliment the floor nicely, which will be a soft blue (if I can ever get around to clearing everything out in order to paint it!).
After spraying everything down and letting it dry, it was ready for a couple coats of paint.
I know the results aren’t very dramatic for the paint color because the lighting in my garage is awful.
Plus, it was night.
I may decide to some some easy stenciling with a pale blue in order to really bring out the shelving area!
I haven’t decided yet.
The ceiling needs painted, too!
Right now I’m on location at a home show, presenting on stage, so this little corner of the garage will finish getting it’s makeover when I return.
Thanks for Spray Nine for helping to get it super clean and ready for paint!
I’ve decided once and for all that I’m really tired of working in filth. LOL
Having a beautiful, clean place to create it something we all should have, if possible.
Wish me luck in this endeavor!
Because when you look at the rest of the garage, you see why I need those well-wishes. 😉
Have you ever used Spray Nine? What’s the messiest place you need to degrease and disinfect? See what Spray Nine Heavy Duty can do for you.