5 Shed Maintenance Tips

Shed maintenance can be a straightforward routine—and when it’s done right, your shed can last for decades. Here are our top 7 shed maintenance tips: 


1. Keep Your Shed Pest-Free

Sheds are quiet, sheltered, and often full of food for bugs, rodents, and other pests—seeds, soil, and other products can all attract infestations. Here’s what you can do:


  • Keep grass and plants around your shed trimmed short.
  • Eliminate standing water.
  • Ensure that anything pests can eat is located in tightly sealed containers.
  • Don’t store garbage in your shed.
  • Clean your shed regularly (at least once a season—though here in Manitoba, we understand if you skip cleaning in the winter months).
  • Don’t stack firewood directly next to your shed.

2. Examine Your Handles, Doors and Shelving

This is simple maintenance—lubricate your shed door’s hinges, knobs, or handles when needed, and make sure your shelving is secure. When required, tighten shelves and handles. Basically, if anything is moving or squeaking when it shouldn’t, give it some TLC!


3. Keep Track of Your Tools and Equipment

Storage is a seasonal affair—you won’t need your lawn mower in the winter, and you won’t need your snow blower in the summer.


We recommend rotating your tools and equipment so that the things you need are always near the front of the shed. Regular cleanings and reorganization are part of proper maintenance anyway, so rotate your equipment during your seasonal clean. 


While tracking your tools and equipment, we recommend keeping tabs on any maintenance, fuel, or other care they may need. Ideally, you’ll track your work in a spreadsheet, so you’ll always know the last time your equipment has undergone routine maintenance.

4. Keep Your Shed Organized

Organization is an essential part of proper shed maintenance.


Whether you’re storing garden tools and plants or children’s toys and sports equipment, having everything properly labelled and grouped together is your best bet.


We recommend heavy-duty containers, shelving, hooks, and similar equipment to keep your storage shed organized. When your shed is well-organized, cleaning it will take minimal maintenance—and you’ll be able to find whatever you need at a moment’s notice.

5. Wash the Shed’s Exterior

Your shed may have metal, plastic, or wood siding—but no matter what it’s made of, you’ll need to wash it regularly. Your shed will look better, and it’ll be less prone to developing mildew and stains.


Check with your manufacturer about the best methods for cleaning your shed’s siding—a power washer or pressure washer is often the best bet, but this varies from material to material. 


There’s a bit of work that goes into proper storage shed maintenance, but it’s well worth the effort. With the right maintenance techniques, a shed from Horizon can last for decades. We offer a number of different storage sheds and workshops, including:



Looking for a new shed for your home or business? Call us today!