Disinfecting Your Storage Unit Safely During COVID-19

admin | May 8, 2020 @ 12:00 AM

Storage Direct’s offices may be closed, but you can still access your storage unit! You can rent, make payments online, via email, or by calling your site. We are also maintaining our typical security protocols and wiping down commonly-used surfaces such as keypads and door handles every day.

The beauty of self storage is you don’t have to break social distancing rules to use it. That being said, however, we understand if accessing your unit feels intimidating right now. The last thing you want to do is accidentally transport the coronavirus outside… or back to your home with you! We want to help with that. Here is a step-by-step walkthrough on how to minimize your risk of transporting the coronavirus when you next access your self storage unit. 

Preparation

First, the standard shelter in place rules: whenever you go out in public, you should wear a face mask. We also recommend wearing latex gloves, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes when accessing your unit. Maintain a distance of six feet between yourself and anyone you see on site if possible.

Next: we recommend disinfecting the items you’re taking to storage before you leave your home whenever possible. Use disinfectant wipes or products that advertise “kills 99.9% of germs” on the label. Wipe down the item in question thoroughly while you’re still inside. If at all possible, we recommend placing it inside a container such as a box or bag for transportation and storage. Not only will this make them easier to transport, but it also lowers your item’s risk of infection. Make sure you disinfect the container itself, too.

Entering Your Storage Unit

If you’re a new renter, please come to the site during office hours, so we can ensure we’ve removed the “vacant” lock from your unit. If you’re an existing renter, feel free to come by whenever your site is open. We recommend arriving at off-times to avoid other renters. In addition to your gloves and mask, we recommend bringing your disinfectant wipes with you. Wipe down any surfaces you come into contact with as you go.

Try to make your packing/unpacking area as close to your unit as possible. Make as few trips back and forth to the unit as possible (but be safe!). If possible, leave your items in the packaging you used to transport them when you place them in storage. If you can’t, then consider disinfecting the area where you place them. Keep your mask on, and slow down your activity speed to accommodate the breathing restriction.

Disinfecting Inside

If you haven’t been inside your storage unit in several months, or if you’re the only person who uses it, then it may not be necessary to disinfect your unit. If you share the unit or recently rented it, however, then you may want to disinfect as a precaution. 

Your process need not be too extensive, particularly if you wear a mask and disinfect anything you bring in. We recommend thoroughly wiping down any uncovered surfaces such as counters, shelving, tables, drawers, desks, or chairs. Consider bringing supplies to wash applicable items from home. If you’re especially concerned, you could bring full cleaning supplies to mop and/or scrub down the unit, but this shouldn’t be necessary for your own protection. 

Taking Items Back Home

Again, if you haven’t used your storage unit in several months, then it’s unlikely the coronavirus somehow infiltrated your unit. If you use your unit frequently or share it, however, then it’s worth taking precautions. First, disinfect the items you’re taking home on-site by wiping them down with disinfectant or washing it. If your stuff is in a box, then leave it in that box until you take it back. Disinfect the box, as well.

After you arrive back home, disinfect anything from your storage unit before you take it inside. Consider opening the boxes/packages in your garage, driveway, or car and disinfecting everything inside as you unpack. Take items inside only after you’ve cleaned them. When you’re done, take off your mask (don’t touch your face!), take off your latex gloves, and thoroughly wash your hands.

 

Admittedly, these may sound like rather extreme precautions. In practice, however, you’d be surprised how easy it is to implement good anti-spreading habits--both at your storage unit and elsewhere! Taking the time to disinfect and protect your stored items doesn’t take long and it could make a huge difference to you or someone else.

If you have more questions about how Storage Direct is keeping your property and person safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, feel free to call or contact us right away. If you’re worried about accessing your storage unit, don’t be! We’re open, and if you take just a few extra precautions, you’ll be able to get what you need without fear. Stay healthy!