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January 15, 2019

How Frequently Should You Clean Your Self Storage Unit?

When you start using a storage unit, there are a few things to think about. What size unit do you need? What kinds of services do you need your self storage facility to offer? And, perhaps most importantly, how often do you need to clean your storage unit?

You want to make sure that your stuff stays in top shape. Here at Elite Self Storage, we offer plenty of services that help you keep your things in good shape. A climate controlled unit, for example, can help you avoid damage to artwork, the growth of mold, and the rusting of metal items. Here’s a look at some of the best strategies for keeping your unit clean and how often you should be visiting to clean up.

How to Keep Your Unit Cleaner

Clean Up Things that Go Into Storage

Of course, if you want to keep a storage locker clean this is a crucial first step. Clean up your items before they go into storage to make sure that you’re not dragging in dirt, dust, or anything else. You don’t want to fill up your storage unit just to find out that it needs a cleaning already! Cleaning up beforehand can save you time and cut down on the stress generated during a typical move.

Buy Some Containers

Purchasing plastic containers that can protect your items from dust and dirt can also help. You just have to dust the containers when you come back to visit your unit, instead of having to worry about cleaning up a variety of items. This is an effective way to take good care of your items while saving time.

Cover Up Big Items

Covering up large items can help you keep them clean. A furniture cover, which can be found among the other packing supplies on sale here at Elite Self Storage, can protect big items from dust, scratches, and more. Old blankets can work in a pinch as well. You won’t have to worry as much about these items being left alone in the storage unit for a long period of time, nor will you have to spend a bunch of time cleaning each large item every time you come back to your storage unit.

How and When to Clean

If you’ve taken some of these steps, cleaning up your storage unit will be much easier when the time comes. Make sure that you’re not neglecting it and pay a visit to your local self storage facility right after you’ve completed a big cleaning at your home. If your home needed a little bit of work done, your storage unit is probably due for a cleaning as well.

This can get a bit labor-intensive, because for a good cleaning you’ll want to move some of your stuff around to make sure that you’re getting to the tougher, hidden spots of your storage unit. From there, individually clean each item that has gathered dust and put it back in its proper place. If you have a carpeted unit, running a vacuum is a good idea. Then make sure there are no signs of pests, and notify us as soon as possible if there’s a problem. Finally, take the time to get rid of anything you don’t need. Now’s a great time to get rid of clutter in your storage unit.