Self Storage Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Unit Dirt- and Dust-Free

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Hand and table with dust on it.

Few of us give much thought to the cleanliness of our storage units. No matter how spotless your home is, it’s easy to let the contents of your self storage space gather dust – especially if you don’t visit frequently. Dust is the enemy of fabric and other materials. It can create unpleasant odors and make clothes and textiles appear dingy, so proper care is essential. With facilities in Carrollton, TX and other communities around the state, Storage Choice has plenty of experience helping customers enjoy clean storage for their belongings. These tips will help you keep your unit free of dust, dirt, and debris.

Dust-Related Health Hazards

Besides potentially damaging our things, dust is a health hazard. The seemingly harmless stuff that collects on neglected housewares and other belongings stashed in storage units attracts dust mites. These tiny pests feed on the human matter in dust, but they do much more. Dust mites also cause allergic reactions and even trigger asthma attacks. Cleaning items in storage helps prevent bringing mites back into your home. Protect yourself with a dust mask while cleaning.

Avoid Cardboard

Opt for plastic bins with lids over cardboard boxes. Cardboard attracts dust, bugs, spiders, and rodents. Dust settles into cardboard’s nooks and crannies, while airtight plastic seals out dirt and most pests. Plastic bins, on the other hand, easily wipe clean with the swipe of a damp cloth. A solution of one part vinegar and two parts water makes a natural, inexpensive alternative to multipurpose cleaners. Vacuum-sealed bags further protect clothing, linens, and towels while maximizing space in your unit.

Stay on Schedule

Regular cleanings protect your belongings in self storage while preventing dust and dirt from accumulating. Make it easy to stay on top of your sweeping and dusting duties by keeping supplies in your storage unit. Stash pre-moistened wipes, trash bags, a broom and dustpan, paper towels, and a multi-purpose cleaner in a handy spot near the door.

‘Out of sight, out of mind’ often applies to the state of our self storage. Unless we have a need to visit our storage units regularly, cleaning tasks can fall by the wayside. Don’t let dust, dirt, and pests damage your household and business items. From fairly regular cleanings to using plastic tubs, follow these tips for keeping your storage unit and containers dust-free. Need storage or have questions about maintaining your current unit? Contact Storage Choice, whether you’re in Carrollton, TX or another location in Texas.