August 23, 2023
When it comes to self-storage, maintaining a clean and organized space isn't just about aesthetics; it's also essential for the preservation of your belongings and the prevention of unwelcome insect or rodent visitors. At Ranch RV & Self Storage, we understand the importance of cleanliness as an important part of a well-organized unit for your stored items.
Here are a few essential cleanliness tips to help you keep your storage unit in tip-top shape.
Clean Before Storing: Before moving your items into your storage unit, give them a thorough cleaning. Dust and dirt can accumulate over time and might attract pests. Wipe down surfaces, vacuum upholstery, and ensure that all items are dry to prevent mold growth.
Use Sealed Containers: Whenever possible, use sealed plastic containers to store your belongings. This prevents dust and moisture from seeping in and provides an additional barrier against pests.
Label Clearly: Clearly label all your boxes and containers. This not only helps you find items more easily but also prevents the need to rummage through boxes and potentially disturb the environment, which could attract pests.
Elevate Items: If possible, place your items on pallets or shelves. This elevates your belongings from the floor, reducing the risk of moisture getting in and deterring pests from accessing your items.
Regular Check-ins: Visit your storage unit periodically to check for any signs of pests, moisture, or damage. Early detection can help prevent larger problems from developing.
Use Pest Control Measures: Consider using pest control methods such as mothballs, rodent traps, or natural repellents like cedar blocks. Just be sure to follow the instructions and use these items safely.
Temperature-Control Consideration: If you're storing sensitive items, consider a temperature-controlled unit. These units regulate temperature and humidity, providing a safer environment for delicate belongings.
Don't Store Food: Never store perishable food items in your storage unit. Even non-perishable food can attract pests, leading to infestations.
Avoid Cardboard Boxes: While cardboard boxes are common for moving, they can easily attract moisture and pests. Opt for plastic containers with secure lids instead.
Steer Clear of Chemicals: Avoid storing hazardous chemicals, flammable materials, or anything that might emit strong odors. These can be dangerous and potentially damage other items or the unit itself.
Don't Overpack: Avoid cramming too many items into your unit. Overcrowding can hinder airflow and make it difficult to spot potential pest or moisture issues.
Say No to Unsecured Items: Leaving items loose or unsecured can lead to an untidy and potentially unsafe storage environment. Always pack and secure your items properly.
Don't Ignore Maintenance: If you notice any issues with your storage unit, such as leaks, cracks, or holes, inform the facility management immediately. Ignoring such problems can lead to greater issues down the line.
Avoid Storing Wet Items: Moisture can lead to mold and mildew growth, damaging your belongings and attracting pests. Ensure that all items are dry before storing them.
A clean storage unit not only safeguards your possessions but also ensures a stress-free experience whenever you need to access your items. By following these simple cleanliness tips and adhering to the do's and don'ts, you'll be well on your way to maintaining a well-organized and pest-free storage unit.
Ranch RV & Self Storage provides monthly pest control service at every location, and we prioritize friendliness, cleanliness and peace of mind when it comes to your belongings. Our state-of-the-art facilities are designed to provide you with a worry-free storage experience. For more information about our storage units and the amenities we offer, visit one of our locations or give us a call.