5 Tips For Cleaning Your Self Storage Unit
May 2, 2017

5 Tips For Cleaning Your Self Storage Unit

To makes sure that your possessions remain in perfect condition, it is always a good idea to clean your self storage unit. Despite what you might think, self storage units do require some maintenance. Such maintenance is worthwhile, however, as it ensures that your goods will be in perfect condition when you need them.

Cleaning a self storage unit is a little bit different to cleaning your home. As you would imagine, you don’t need to clean a self storage unit quite as often as you need to clean your home. This means that it is important to do a good job when you do.

Choose a time each month to clean your self storage unit

For the best results, it is advisable to clean your self storage unit about once a month. Of course, this does depend to an extent on what you are storing. Some items are hardier than others and might not need frequent attention. Items of this nature include outdoor furniture, gardening supplies and tools. Other items, such as clothes and artworks, however, are a little more delicate. Generally speaking, a monthly clean will be sufficient to protect all items, but you should exercise a little discretion when making this decision. If you know that some of your items might sustain serious damage from mould or dust, then you might need to clean your unit even more frequently.

Try and identify things that you don’t need to store anymore

If you are visiting your self storage unit at least once a month, then you should be able to identify items that you no longer need. Over time, some things simply become redundant in our lives. In these cases, it is always better to dispose of them. If they remain in your self storage unit, they will simply invite more dust and mould. This will make it harder for you to clean your self storage unit, and it increases the risk of your other possessions being damaged.

Make sure there is no sign of mould or mildew

Mould and mildew are the two most destructive aspects of long term self storage. Even in the driest, most secure self storage units, mould and mildew can make themselves at home among your possessions. They favour natural materials such as cotton and leather, which means that furniture and clothing are always at risk. When you clean your self storage unit, you should keep a keen eye out for mould and mildew. If you see any, then address it immediately. You can do so with any number of anti-mould sprays and wipes. The alternative is you can wipe it away with a solution of clove oil and water, for a more fragrant and natural smell.

Wipe down furniture and dusty surfaces

Dust and mould go hand in hand, so thoroughly dusting your self storage unit when you clean is essential. Over time, almost all flat surfaces will collect dust in your self storage unit. By dusting frequently and effectively, however, you can ensure that this does not develop into mould. You can also ensure that the dust does not penetrate the fibres of your clothes or furniture. For the best results, you can try anti-static wipes or even just a damp cloth.

Check inside boxes and drawers for signs of dust, mould or insects

Self storage units often house many items. This means it can be easy to overlook drawers or boxes. While it is essential to wipe down all flat surfaces, it is just as important to clean inside boxes and drawers as well. These cavities often harbour a great deal of dust, mould and even insects, which can quickly damage their contents. To avoid this, check inside all containers and drawers when you are cleaning your self storage unit.

For the most secure and clean self storage units, contact the experts at All Size Sheds today on (07) 5534 7181.

 

Other articles

How to pack & store video games – easy step-by-step guide

Whether you’re a regular gamer or hard-core collector, it’s important to know how to pack and store video games. Proper video game storage is essential for keeping your games in good working condition, which helps to prolong their lifespan and maintain their value. To...

read more

How to store leather jackets properly [step by step guide]

Leather jackets are a fashionable yet expensive wardrobe investment, so you want them to last! When the weather warms up, it might be tempting to follow the process you normally do when storing your winter clothes. However, leather jackets require particular care to...

read more

Are self storage units safe? What affects self storage safety

If you’re thinking of putting some of your things into storage, you might be wondering about the level of self storage safety. Are self storage units safe? Or is there a chance you’ll open your unit to find all of your things stolen? Thankfully, most self storage...

read more

What is mobile self-storage? Benefits, sizes & costs

Whether you are relocating to another home or down-sizing your office space, there is no doubt that self-storage has many benefits, including being convenient, practical and secure. But there is an alternative to stationery self-storage units — mobile self-storage....

read more

What does self storage cost? What you can expect to pay

Whether you are considering self-storage for personal or business use, it has a range of fantastic benefits. It is convenient, practical, secure, flexible, can reduce clutter, and in terms of self-storage for business, can enhance office space to allow for expansion....

read more

How does self storage work? The essentials explained [guide]

Thinking of hiring a self storage unit? Here’s a breakdown of how they work, and what you’ll need to do to hire one. How does self storage work? Hiring a self storage unit Self storage facilities want to make it easy for you, so they generally chat to you about three...

read more

Why self storage? | 8 reasons why self storage is useful

It’s amazing how quickly clutter can build up as we accumulate more belongings over the years. And eventually, it can cause a mess, increase your stress levels, and stop you from finding what you need when you need it. Using a storage facility has a range of benefits,...

read more

Decluttering before and after | Amazing transformations

Decluttering has shown to make you happier, less stressed, and more productive. We’ve written about the awesome benefits of decluttering before, and in this article, we wanted to show some impressive examples of how decluttering can transform a room. Clutter doesn’t...

read more

How to store necklaces without tangling them | 4 easy ways

From stylish accessories and tokens of love to family heirlooms passed down through generations, precious jewellery needs to be treated with care. This is especially the case with necklaces that have a tendency to get tangled, with the muddled mess taking a long time...

read more

Decluttering tips for hoarders | Expert guide

We’re all guilty of having an untidy home at one point or another, but when your possessions start to control your behaviour, there’s deeper issues at play. If you feel that each item you own has sentimental value, or may come in handy later, then you can quickly find...

read more