If you store some of your belongings in a storage unit, summer is a great time to go, inspect it, and make sure that everything is clean and that all of your belongings are safe. Here are four steps you should take to clean and ensure that your belongings are safe.
#1 Pull Out Your Belongings
If you have the space and manpower, start by pulling your belongings out of the storage unit. This will allow you to thoroughly clean out your storage unit and inspect all of your belongings. If you have furniture that you are storing, this is a great time to take the covers off and let the upholstery breathe—this will help your upholstery not smell musty when you finally need to use it again.
#2 Start At The Top
When cleaning the storage unit, start at the top and work your way down the sides to the bottom. Use a broom to remove any cobwebs or dust from the ceiling. Then, use a mop or a sponge to wipe down the walls. Finally, sweep and mop the floor. Cleaning top to bottom is the best way to ensure that you get rid of all the dust and dirt that has accumulated inside of the unit since you put your belongings in there.
#3 Inspect Your Stuff
Before you put everything away, inspect your belongings. Use a duster to remove dust from the boxes and make sure that everything is well-sealed. Apply new tape if necessary. If there is any box that you didn't properly pack back when you put the items in storage, now is a good time to repack those items. If you have furniture stored, you may want to let the upholstery breathe a little bit ,and re-polish any wood furniture that you have stored to ensure its luster.
If you find any packages are water damaged, the management needs to know that there is a water leak in your unit. If there is anything that you come across that you know you don't want anymore, this is a great time to donate it or throw it away. This is also a great opportunity to take out anything that you've been meaning to grab from your unit.
Finally, when you repack, put down pallets if you have not before. This will keep your belongings off the floor and protect them from some of the more serious changes in temperatures that they will experience when set on concrete.
Next, make sure that you put packing blankets or plastic covers on top of all of your boxes. This will help prevent them from being so dusty the next time you open up your storage unit. Finally, if you find any mystery boxes that are not labeled, take some time to identify the contents and properly label them. All of these steps will help keep your belongings safe and secure and easier to get into next time.