Advice for Keeping Your Storage Unit Clean

By Mike Jones, VP of Operations, USstoragesearch.com

We talk a lot about keeping your storage unit organized, but it is also important to keep your storage unit clean. Things can go wrong in a multitude of ways when you let dirt, moisture, or other unnecessary bits of debris build up. Whenever you load or access your self storage unit, you should dedicate a few minutes to cleaning. Here are some simple things you can do that will go a long way in maintaining a high standard of cleanliness in your unit:

Starting off with a clean, swept out storage unit should help you maintain a level of cleanliness during your whole storage experience. (welcomia/Shutterstock.com)

Sweep It First

One good first step towards having a clean unit is to sweep it out first. Sweeping it out will allow you to eliminate anything that has been left over by a previous tenant and allow you to reduce the dirt and dust levels. This step should also help you to notice if there are any bug or rodent issues that need to be attended to before you move in your belongings.

Remove Sources of Moisture

Moisture is such a quick way to damage your things. You should make sure things like fish tanks, freezers, and washing machines are as moisture free as possible before putting them in a storage unit. Wipe the items out, let them air dry for a few days before putting them in the unit, and then leave all of the doors ajar to allow for air flow. Moisture leads to mold, mildew, and that horrible musty smell.

Wipe Everything Down

When putting furniture, boxes, and anything else into your storage unit, wipe it down and quickly dust it off once you have it in place inside of the self storage unit. Your things can accumulate a lot of dirt, dust, and pollen build up in a short amount of time. Even a little layer you don’t notice know can seem like a lot worse in the future. This step is especially important for any furniture items that might be damaged by dirt.

We encourage you to do much more to ensure cleanliness is maintained in your storage unit, but those are just three big ways to help you out during the storage process. Trust us, we know how tired you can be at the end of the day when you’re loading your storage unit, but you’ll be really made at yourself later if you’ve taken the easy road and something gets damaged because you didn’t take the time to double check its proper care. Keep your self storage unit clean and free from dirt and moisture.

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