Artists, mechanics, and designers are known to be a bit messy, but they don’t usually like to stay that way. It’s only because they’re short of time and energy after a hectic day at work; it simply becomes impossible to find ways and actually get to work to tidy up the place.
But in this era of the internet, that shouldn’t be a problem. So, here are 11 innovative ways to keep your workshop floor clean so that constant tidying doesn’t take over your life.
Start From the Beginning
It all starts with a good plan. Take a good look at your studio. Look for all the spaces you can eliminate between your cupboards, workbench, equipment, and tool tracks.
Consider how you can reorganize everything to save space. It’s a good idea to make a few plans of different arrangements to see which one works best.
Make It Breathable
After giving your workshop some breathing space, the next thing you can do is air it out. This is crucial because people normally spend a lot of their time working with fumey equipment in their workshop, and if the air is polluted, it could be a health risk.
We all know how expensive air cleaners can be. Instead, you can make a DIY air cleaner yourself, right in your workshop! Just buy a cheap box fan from your local electric or hardware store, attach a filter from a furnace on the side so that the fan sucks in the air. Then hang the fan between the joints of your ceiling and voila! Now you have your own air cleaner.
Vacuum Instead of Sweeping
It might sound like you’re pampering your workshop floor a little too much, but vacuuming your studio can clean it better than sweeping can. Sweeping with an old fashioned broom may be the conventional way of cleaning workshops, but it actually just redistributes the tiny dust particles in the nooks and crannies without actually getting rid of them. Instead, use a vacuum that has an internal filter.
Do It One By One
Your precious projects are the last things you want catching dust or dirt, so make sure they don’t get dirty while you’re busy cleaning your workshop.
It’s a good idea to clean the workshop floor before cleaning your projects and to keep all your projects covered under a cloth or rug while you’re busy. After you’re done cleaning the floor, simply clean the projects one by one in case any little dust particles got through the protective cover.
Use Sealed Containers for Storage
If you store things like glue, paint, nails, screws, and other things in your workshop, it’s always a good idea to keep them in sealed containers.
This will prevent the workshop floor from getting messy with substances like glue and paint, which not only dirties the floor but also catches dust particles on top of it. Storing little sharp objects like nails, screws, nuts and bolts is a good way to prevent a safety hazard.
Keep Track of Things by Color Coding and Labeling Them
Speaking of storing things, if you have a lot of working materials and tools, it’s best to arrange them using color codes.
For example, put all the screws in jars with a red lid, and all the glues in jars with a blue lid. After you’ve done that, you can also put labels on the jars.
This will help you to find the materials you’re looking for right away if you’re in a hurry. Use clear glass or plastic jars so that you can see if you’re running out of anything and need to refill the jar.
Run Purges and Clearances Regularly
There are items and tools that you use regularly, but there are also items and tools that you only use seasonally.
Go through your stuff and examine everything thoroughly. See if there’s anything lying around that you may not need right now.
If you’re unlikely to use it again, sell or donate it to someone who needs it. Get rid of old junk that you don’t need every 18 months to make room for new stuff.
Repair and Replace the Door Seals Regularly
You might not realise it, but a huge amount of dirt and dust particles can get inside your workshop through your door if its not sealed properly.
You should regularly check the condition of the seal of the doors to your workshop, and do any necessary repairs and replacements as required.
Use Loads of Concrete Sealant
The concrete floor of your workshop happens to be one of the main sources of dust in your workshop.
Concrete that hasn’t been sealed properly tends to break down with exposure to moisture and greasy substances like oil. In the end, all that’s left is a fine slab of rock and cement dust.
Use a concrete sealant to seal the entire surface of your workshop floor. This way, the sealant will protect the floor from dust as well as oil and moisture.
Use a Carpet Pad to Get a Soft Footing
Spread a double layer soft foam carpet or mat beside your workbenches and power tools. This will work as a fancy but pocket-friendly anti-fatigue mat for your workshop. Cut the mat according to the size of your bench or power tool using a utility knife, a tin snip, or simply an old pair of scissors.
Then, after spreading it down on the floor, tape it to the floor to prevent the edges from curling or causing a trip hazard. This will also make cleaning the workshop floor a lot easier. Just replace the mats with new ones every year.
Cover the Workbenches with Rosin Paper
Roll out a piece of rosin paper from that roll of it lying around your workshop and spread it onto your workbench before you do any messy work.
The paper will absorb any glue and other materials that can dirty your workshop. When the paper gets too dirty just tear it off and replace it. Do this for every time you use the workbench to keep the surface beneath it clean.
Last but Not Least
Keeping your workshop floor neat and tidy is a continual process and you can’t do it once and be done. You need to take regular practical and methodical approaches to stay on top of everything that makes your workshop messy. Take your time and do it step by step. Good luck!