If you keep your belongings in a long-term storage unit, you need to clean out your storage unit this fall. Even though your long-term storage unit should be secure, in order to keep your belongings safe and in good shape, you need to clean it out every few months. Here is a quick fall storage cleaning checklist to run through the next time you have a free afternoon.
Check Your Boxes
The first things you need to do is check all of your belongings. Start by pulling your boxes out of your storage unit. Make sure that there are no watermarks or damage on your boxes.
Pay especially close attention to any boxes that were on the floor; if water seeped into your unit, those are the boxes that are most likely to get damaged. If any of the boxes are damaged, you need to take the items out of those boxes, dry them off, and repackage them in an undamaged box.
Clean Your Furniture
If you have furniture inside of your unit, you need to pull it out and let it air out. You should clean your furniture as well.
If your furniture is made of cloth, you should vacuum it. If your furniture is made of leather, you should treat it with a leather cleaner. If there is any wood on your furniture, you should polish it again with wood furniture cleaner.
Furniture can easily start to smell musty due to the lack of circulation inside of your storage unit, which is why you should air it out and clean it on a seasonal basis. This will keep your furniture looking and smelling fresh throughout its time in storage.
Sweep Out Any Debris
While the furniture is pulled out of your unit for cleaning, you should take a broom and use it to sweep away any dust and debris that has accumulated in your unit. You should also mop your unit as well. This will ensure that all the dust has been removed from your unit.
While you are mopping, make sure that there is not any area with standing water or evidence of previous water puddles. If you spot water in your unit, see if you can figure out where it is coming from and notify the storage unit management team so they can address the issue and get you into a new unit if necessary.
If you are storing items inside of a storage unit for the long term, you need to check out your storage unit every few months and make sure that all your items are protected and safe.