Greenhouses are a fantastic way to grow your gardening hobbies, and they’re excellent for cultivating different plant types and extending the growing season. However, keeping this area clean and well-maintained is essential. Here are some helpful tips for cleaning your greenhouse so that it always looks its best.
Set a Regular Cleaning Schedule
A cleaning schedule keeps tasks from piling up and helps you maintain your greenhouse better. Create a set plan to do every day and for each season. A seasonal cleaning schedule works well because it allows you to remove plant debris, inspect hardware, and refresh the plants’ nurturing environment. Keep your cleaning schedule current and add extra tasks as they arise.
Choose the Right Cleaning Products
Cleaning your greenhouse is essential, but you must be mindful of the products you use. Avoid any chemicals with toxic ingredients like bleach. Using those chemicals could damage your plants and your greenhouse structure. Opt for mild detergents or natural, eco-friendly cleaning products instead.
Get Rid of Mold, Mildew, and Algae
Mold, mildew, and algae are three organisms you don’t want hanging around your greenhouse or near your plants. These organisms create photosynthesis problems, causing your plants to weaken and wither. Improve the greenhouse by removing and searching for any signs of mold, mildew, or algae as you clean. Use a mild detergent, water, and a soft brush to scrub away any signs of these growths, and be sure to rinse off all surfaces thoroughly. Avoid using a pressure washer, as the high pressure can damage the greenhouse frame and strip away natural oils in wood.
Clean the Windows and Panels
Dirty windows and panels prevent sunlight from entering your greenhouse. With limited sunlight, your plants won’t get the adequate amount of light they need. Clean the windows and panes with mild detergent and a squeegee, and ensure you rinse them off and dry them to prevent streaks. If you have Sturdi-Built’s double wall Thermal Option, use only mild soap and water or an approved plastic cleaner. DO NOT use abrasive cleaners or solvents such as Windex or ammonia. A damp rag is effective at removing particles attached by static.
Vacuum and Sweep the Floors
Keeping the floors clean improves your greenhouse’s appearance and reduces the risk of pests and diseases. Ensure you use a vacuum or broom to clean up dirt or debris, including plant debris, so that it’s easier to stand around and admire your plants.
Inspect and Clean Hardware and Accessories
Don’t forget the hardware and other greenhouse accessories like pots, shelves, and vents. Regularly inspect them for any signs of damage or wear and clean them using mild detergent and water, as products with strong chemicals damage the hardware and accessories.
Organize and De-Clutter
A clean and organized greenhouse is a joy to work in and improves the growing environment. Take the time to sort through your tools, containers, and supplies, and store everything in a designated area for easy access.
After implementing these tips for a cleaner greenhouse, you’ll have a pristine, organized space where you and your plants can thrive. Remember, keeping your greenhouse clean will contribute to a healthier environment for your plants and ensure a great growing season year after year. If you’re ready to jump into your gardening era, check out the garden greenhouse kit from Sturdi-Built. Made from the beautiful Redwood forests of Northern California, our kits will bring your home a fresh appearance and add to your fun new hobby.