Disinfecting Your Storage Unit: Is It Necessary?
Find out our best tips on cleaning and disinfecting your storage unit along with items you remove from it.
Self storage helps to keep your belongings safe and secure. In your unit they are protected from criminal theft, extreme temperature, human damage (when the unit is locked), and humidity.
In current times, you may wonder if you need to take extra precautions to keep yourself safe when you visit your unit, and when you remove items from your unit. Is it necessary to disinfect your unit? Is it important to wipe down items you remove from your self storage unit in London?
If you’re concerned about keeping your unit visits as safe and clean as possible, you’re not alone. Many self storage customers feel the same way. Although we aren’t able to advise on scientific specifics when it comes to the effectiveness of certain cleaning methods, we can give you some handy tips to help you keep your unit and your belongings as hygienic as possible.
Before you take extra steps, it’s good to start with some regular cleaning and organisation when it comes to your unit. Things you should already be doing in regards to your belongings in your unit. Your regular cleaning regime for your cheap self storage unit should involve:
- Choosing a facility who takes pride in the maintenance and cleanliness of their premises and units
- Storing items in the unit well, in bins, bags and boxes
- Doing a big unit clean at least every 6 months to check for pest infestations, remove dust and check for any mould or mildew
- Cleaning items you remove before they go in your car to help avoid dirtying your vehicle
Regularly cleaning your unit and checking for moisture, dust or pest damage is a really great start to ensuring your things stay clean.
Extra Cleaning Steps For Your Self Storage Unit
Because of the pandemic, many self storage customers have extra concerns about the cleanliness of their unit and how to treat their belongings. One concern is how long the virus stays alive on surfaces like glass and cardboard. There has never been any one answer to this question, but as a general rule, it seems that 24 hours is a base amount of time the virus may stay alive on items. To help protect yourself against any potential risk of spreading infection, follow these guidelines:
- Choose a cheap self storage facility who operates using the latest government guidelines and follow their rules when you visit the unit
- Have antibacterial gel in your unit to use regularly on your hands as you handle objects
- Use alcohol wipes to cleanse any items you remove from your unit. You may wish to ‘quarantine’ those items for 24 hours in your garage or somewhere separate from your home, although not everybody does this
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home from the self storage facility, using antibacterial gel in the meantime
- Wipe any items going into the unit thoroughly with alcohol wipes
- Keep your unit as tidy as possible to keep easier control over the overall cleanliness
If you need further advice on disinfecting your storage unit and keeping it as clean as possible, your facility will be happy to give you extra guidance.