How do I prevent mould in a garden shed?

A wooden garden shed is a great place to store not only gardening equipment but also the overspill of items from your home. Storing items in a garden shed will help to increase the lifespan of your tools and children’s outdoor toys, however these items can suffer from mould if you are not careful.
In order to prevent the things kept inside your wooden garden shed from going mouldy try to keep your garden shed well ventilated. If you have trapped air in the shed your mould problem will worsen.
Any item that could draw moisture such as tools made from wood or items stored in cardboard boxes need to be kept off of your sheds floor. Try to stand things on batons if you can. Also keep boxes away from the walls of your wooden shed so that air can flow freely around them.
Don’t take excess moisture into your wooden garden shed. Allow play equipment and tools to dry out fully before you safely store them inside of your garden shed. If you allow wet items into your shed your mould problem will only worsen.
Keep your garden shed doors open on dry days allowing fresh air to flow into your wooden shed.
If you use your garden shed to store low value items you may want to consider buying a shed with a window that can be kept open during the warm summer months to allow air to flow freely into your shed. Alternatively if you do keep items of value such as tools or a lawn mower in your shed you can keep the window open on days in which you are at home and keep it locked at all other times.
You should lay a damp proof membrane on the floor of your wooden shed which will help to reduce the amount of moisture getting into your garden shed. For more on shed bases read my blog on how to build a shed base.
Install a drain pipes and a gutter system on your shed so that rainwater is funneled away from your timber building reducing again the amount of moisture that can get into your garden shed.
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We also offer informative articles on garden shed maintenance and the key considerations you need to make before you buy a garden shed. For more information visit Jacks blog.
Good Luck
Gardener Jack!

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