There are countless uses for portable storage containers from A.B. Richards and we think of new uses all the time. Our products are useful, and they help keep you organized, but a little organization before you use one of our storage units can also make them even more useful. Cleaning and preparing your storage containers can help you get the most out of our products and give you peace of mind. So we want to give you some tips on how to clean and prepare a portable storage container so you’ll be ready to use them for all of your organization and storage needs.
Keeping Moisture Out of Your Storage Unit
You should make sure your storage unit is clean and that the items you plan to store are clean as well, but it’s even more important that you keep the unit and items stored inside dry. Moisture can bring mold over time. The best way to prevent moisture from seeping into your items is to keep it out of the unit in the first place. One reason you should rent your portable storage containers from A.B. Richards is that they’re durable and not prone to having leaks or cracks. Our units are made of 14-gauge steel and they are weatherproof. We know that the weather can fluctuate a lot in the northeast and that can have an effect on humidity. A.B. Richards containers stand up to the climate.
But you should take care of individual items to keep them moisture free and to avoid mold and mildew. One way to do that is to store your items with materials that absorb moisture, according to the website for the Canadian company Mold Busters. One thing they suggest is to make a packet out of silica gel and hang it inside of your storage container. Wrapping charcoal in fabrics is another way to get rid of moisture and it can also help you get rid of unpleasant odors.
Keeping Items Under Wrap
Another important protection against mold and mildew is to wrap your belongings and keep them covered. Wrapping items in blankets and covering them in plastic sheets adds an extra protection from mold. Among the items most susceptible to mold damage are clothing, mattresses, wood furniture or other items, cardboard boxes and paper such as personal files and furniture with upholstery.
Before storing items, it’s a good idea to treat them with baking soda or other cleaning products. You also shouldn’t place items directly onto the floor of your storage containers. Use pallets or put blankets on the ground or utilize plastic wrap. The website, Apartment Therapy suggests using industrial size plastic wrap that should be sealed as tight as possible. In addition to preventing moisture from getting into your stored items, the wrap can also keep bugs and moths away from your stuff.
A.B. Richards Will Make Storage Easy for You
Doing a little bit of preparation before packing items into your portable storage units can go a long way toward using our containers as efficiently as possible. A.B. Richards also makes things easy for you. We’ll deliver the container right to your location and we’ll pick it up without charging you extra. For more information, contact A.B. Richards today.