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5 Items to Consider for Climate-Controlled Storage

South Georgia summer temperatures will be here before you know it. Not only does this mean more summer fun-in-the-sun but along with it comes that dreaded high humidity. While Stop N Stor offers both climate and non-climate storage options, many items put in storage require climate control to avoid damage from the heat and humidity. Other items (such as lawn mowers and vehicles – anything that is stored in a garage) may not need to be stored in climate-controlled units. Before deciding whether to rent a climate or non-climate-controlled unit, ask yourself these questions:

  1.      Am I Storing Artwork or Photographs?
    If you’re storing any artwork or photographs climate-controlled storage is essential to avoid damage to these irreplaceable items. The high temperatures and humidity of the low country can cause photographs to blend together or deteriorate over time, permanently damaging your priceless memories. The heat and humidity have the same effect on paintings, prints and other works of art. Keeping these items in a climate-controlled storage unit ensures that your portraits and memories will stand the test of time (and heat).
  2.      Am I Storing Books, Paperwork or Documents?

    Storing paperwork, books or business files in a non-climate-controlled unit can lead to moisture damage from humidity causing paper to warp. Important papers such as tax forms, financial documents and other business documents can take up valuable space in your office. To maximize space in your office or place of business while ensuring these documents maintain their condition, we recommend storing in a climate-controlled storage unit.
  3.      Are my Items Electronic?

    Probably one of the most important things to store in a climate-controlled environment are your electronics. Televisions, sound equipment, computers and monitors should all be placed in climate-controlled storage. Not only are these items costly to replace, but they are extremely vulnerable in drastic temperature changes. Long-term storage in high humidity can cause electronics to accumulate moisture which ultimately damages them both inside and out.
  4.      Is my Furniture Wooden or Leather?
    When exposed to high heat and humidity, wooden and leather furniture like bed frames, nightstands, entertainment centers, tables, couches and chairs can warp, crack or even rot. Climate-controlled storage is essential when storing living room, bedroom and dining room sets along with other wooden or leather furniture. For extra protection, furniture covers are also recommended.
  5.      Are my Items Antiques or Collectibles?
    If you’re storing something that is irreplaceable or of extreme value, you should always consider climate-controlled storage first. Antiques and collectibles may lose their value and may not retain quality if they aren’t stored properly. In order to preserve collectibles and antiques and maintain their best condition, we recommend storing in a climate-controlled unit and if possible with a protective cover.

Climate-controlled storage has benefits for almost all your self-stored items. Although it is more necessary in certain cases than others, extra protection for your items is always a great idea. To find a climate-controlled unit near you, visit one of our ten locations in Hinesville, Savannah, Pooler, Port Wentworth, and Richmond Hill, Georgia as well as our newest location in Bluffton, South Carolina. For information on pricing, locations, or to learn more about climate-controlled storage in the South Georgia and South Carolina areas click here or give one of our highly trained managers a call at 844-913-STOR (7876).

How to Properly Pack a Rental or Moving Truck

How to Pack a Moving Truck

There are many decisions and preparations that need to be made when deciding to move across town, to a different state or across the country. One of the major decisions that you need to make when you are moving is if you are going to hire a professional movers or if you will do the move on your own by renting a moving truck and volunteering friends and family to help. When choosing a moving company,  you need to follow certain steps to fully prepare for the move. In some circumstances, professional movers will help pack boxes and prepare furniture as well as pack everything in to the moving truck. Unless you have experience as a mover, there are questions that you need to consider when packing a moving truck such as: How can you make sure that all of the items that you need to move will fit into the moving truck? How can the items in the truck be protected during the move?

If you are renting a moving truck to move items into a storage unit, the same truck packing concerns will apply.  Stop N Stor has a variety of storage units in climate and non-climate in sizes from 5×5 to 10×30.  If you are moving the contents of the entire home, a 10×30 storage unit is the best storage solution.

Renting a Moving Truck

When renting a moving van, truck, or trailer there are ways to make the rental experience easier.  If you reserve the moving truck online via U-Haul,  verify the pick-up and return destination. Before driving the moving truck off of the lot, visually inspect the vehicle for broken lights, leaks or other damages. In order to save time and money when renting a truck, have everything that you are moving ready to go the day of the truck rental.  If you plan ahead for your moving day, you can save money on gas, mileage, & time.

How to Load a Moving Truck

Make sure that you rent the correct size of the moving truck or van that you need for your belongings. If you only have a few items, then you will not need a large moving truck. The key is to plan ahead thinking of what you need to move as well as being creative and concise in packing the moving truck. Following the eight tips below will help you to utilize every needed space in the truck and protect your belongings during transit.

  1. Compile moving and packing supplies,  such as boxes, a moving dolly, furniture padding and tarps to cover your items, packing tape and straps to keep your items in place on the truck.
  2. Do not overload the truck’s weight limit as this could cause a drag to the truck, which results in using more gasoline. The weight of the items loading onto the truck should be evenly distributed on both sides.
  3. Load kitchen appliances and washer and dryers into the truck first. Place these at the back of the truck against the wall closest to the cab. Keep these appliances upright and covered by a tarp.
  4. When loading furniture onto a moving truck, place items such as mattresses, box springs, headboards, couches and table tops upright against the longest wall of the truck. Then, cover them with mattress and furniture pads. Dissemble bed frames and tables and place them near the table tops or mattresses. Secure the items to each other or to the truck with bungee cords or rope.
  5. After the furniture and larger items are put in the truck, then start loading in the packed boxes. Boxes can be placed on top of the appliances, but make sure that they are secure. Fill in the empty areas towards the back of the truck with boxes first and then move forward. Put the heavier boxes on the bottom of the stack of boxes and the lighter boxes should be on top. Stack the boxes to the ceiling of the truck with keeping like-sized boxes stacked together.
  6. Fill in leftover spaces with items that can be used as buffers such as bags of clothing, linens, bedding or pillows.
  7. Load the most fragile items, such as plants, unboxed lamps and electronics last on the truck.
  8. The last boxes on the truck will be the first ones that you need in your new home. These “open first” boxes should contain items that you would need right away in your new destination such as paper towels, bathroom needs, garbage bags and tools to reassemble your furniture.

By following simple moving and packing tips, you can fit everything that you need to in your moving truck and make the moving experience much easier. There will always be surprise set-backs on moving day, but if you know that you have planned as much ahead that you can then, you will be much happier.

 

Self Storage Solutions for Plumbers and Electricians

Self Storage for Plumbers and Electricians

Self storage is a great storage solution for many types of businesses from retail to construction to restaurants.  A self storage unit can be used to store retail inventory overstock, office equipment and business documents. But, where do the construction companies, contractors, plumbers and electricians, store their tools and equipment? They store it at a self storage facility!

Contractors, plumbers and electricians usually work out of their vans, trucks or their homes, most do not have “brick and mortar” locations or buildings to store their equipment.  The cost of renting a storage unit is much lower than paying for rent and utilities for a storefront or a warehouse. Using a self storage unit for plumbing and electrical tools and equipment storage helps contractors keep their overhead low and their budget in-check. Storing plumbing equipment at a self storage facility is a cost-effective solution for plumbing and electrical contractors to easily keep their tools, equipment and piping all in one place and allow their vans or trucks to be less cluttered.

Self Storage for Electricians

Electricians are tradesman who design, install, maintain and troubleshoot electrical wiring systems in homes, commercial buildings and large pieces of industrial equipment. Electricians can install new electrical systems, repair power outages for homes and businesses as well as troubleshoot and repair electrical issues. Electricians use a variety of tools during the course of the day including wires, tape, power drills and saws, and smaller tools such as pliers, screwdrivers and wire strippers.  They also will have a supply of lighting fixtures, fuses and other electrical needs.  A self storage unit is a convenient place for electricians to store their electrical tools and equipment.

Self Storage for Plumbers

Plumbers are trained to do a variety of jobs including installing or fixing home heating systems or hot water tanks, fitting bathrooms and kitchens and making emergency calls for issues that could arise. Plumbers have to use a variety of tools in their day-to-day repairing or installing projects. They have to have pipes, Teflon tape, plungers and augers of all types on-hand at all times for their work. Because of the increase in the cost of building and plumbing supplies, plumbers purchase building materials in bulk to keep their overall costs down.  Having a place store these items, such as a self storage unit, is a great and low cost storage solution.

Storing Plumbing & Electrical Equipment in Self Storage

Most self storage facilities have 24/7 computerized gate access hours allowing contractors, electricians and plumbers to access their tools before they need to be on the job site. Self storage facilities have drive-up storage units, which allows for easy access for contractors to load and unload their equipment.  Safety and security measures such as well-lit facilities, video surveillance and keypad entry gates give tradespeople peace-of-mind that their equipment will be safe while in storage. Self storage units come in a variety of sizes in both climate and non-climate controlled giving the contractor a range of storage solutions.

Stop N Stor makes it easy for contractors, electricians, and plumbers to store their equipment with our construction storage solutions. Stop by our six Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah locations  to see how we can help with your plumbing and electrician contracting storage needs.

How to Store Rugs in Self Storage

Rug Storage Tips

There are many reasons that you might need rug storage from inheriting a treasured oriental rug to needing to remove an area rug during a move to a smaller home or during a home remodeling project.  Rugs and carpets can be unwieldy objects to store.  They also need to be properly prepared before placing in any type of storage.

Rugs should be stored in a dry cool environment, where temperature and humidity is set at an even level. Changing humidity levels can cause a rug to curl at the edges.  The best solution is to store a rug in a climate controlled storage unit. Stop N Stor  has a variety of storage unit sizes in climate and non-climate controlled that are perfect for storing furniture and rugs during remodeling projects or moving to another home. The size of the rug will determine the size storage unit that you will need to rent.

Tips for Storing Rugs or Carpets

Dirt and bugs (moths and carpet beetles) are the number biggest enemies for carpets. Bugs do not eat synthetic fibers such as nylon, polypropylene, acrylic or polyester. However, they can damage natural fibers such as wool or silk.

Following simple tips on how to store rugs will keep them in good condition for future use.

  1. Rugs need to be cleaned before placing in storage. Any dirt or soiling left on the rug should be removed or they could cause deterioration of the rug over long-term storage. Clean rugs or carpets based on manufacturer instructions. Woven or braided rugs should be washed differently from handmade, antique, wool and oriental rugs. If the rug is large and not able to be cleaned at home, have it professionally cleaned before storing.
  2. Vacuum the rug on both sides before wet cleaning. Vacuuming will remove pet dander, dust mites and any excess dirt. In order to vacuum both sides of the rug place the rug on plastic or wire mess fencing material on the ground. Vacuum one side and then flip over to vacuum the other.
  3. If you are not able to get the carpet professionally cleaned, wash the rug with a gentle detergent. For larger rugs, wet with a garden hose and scrub with a Woolite and water solution.
  4. Rugs should be completely dry before putting in storage. Use a wet/dry vacuum to extract as much water as possible from the rug before storage. If cleaning a rug outside on a warm day, allow it to air dry for 10-12 hours. (This is a great spring cleaning task.)
  5. After cleaning the rug, spray the rug with insect repellant. A DIY solution is 4 parts water and 1 part vinegar sprayed on both sides of the rug. Then, let the rug dry completely.
  6. It is recommend to roll a rug for storage instead of folding. Folded rugs can leave cracks and creases damaging the carpet and the backing of the carpet. To roll a carpet correctly, roll from the “bottom” to the top. To find the “bottom,” run your hand over the fibers to determine which direction is “with the grain” and which is against. Follow the direction that is with the grain to the edge and start making the roll from there. Roll the carpet as tight as possible and secure with a piece of rope.
  7. Do not store a rug or carpet in direct light. Direct light can fade the carpet’s colors. Keep rugs and carpets stored in a darker, cool and dry storage area.
  8. Wrap the rolled carpet in brown craft paper or canvas for storage. DO NOT wrap a rug in plastic. Craft paper allows the rug to “breathe” as well as allows any moisture build-up to escape. Plastic covering causing moisture build-up which could damage to the rug over time.
  9. Do not store rugs lying flat on the ground. Store the rug standing up off of the ground. This will help prevent moisture build up from the ground. Do not store anything on top of a stored rug. Boxes and other items can cause cracks and destroy a rug’s shape.
  10. Unroll a rug every 6-12 months during storage to make sure it is free of any damage.

Stop into any of the 6 Stop N Stor locations in Hinesville, Port Wentworth or Savannah  to see how our storage professionals can help you with find you the right rug or carpet storage solution.

 

 

Where to Store Holiday Gifts?

Storage for holiday shopping

The start to the holiday season is Thanksgiving, celebrated throughout the United States this Thursday. Thanksgiving was declared by Congress to be an annual holiday in 1827, but the day that it was celebrated on different days between September and November. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, with the insistence of the large and influential retail stores, proclaimed that Thanksgiving Day would be officially held the third Thursday in November. This was granted to lengthen the official holiday shopping season. Thanksgiving Day has been held on that day ever since as a day for families and friends to gather together for meals and giving thanks.

Thanksgiving signals the start of the “official” holiday shopping season. More stores are beginning to open up on Thanksgiving Day for shopping, but the traditional holiday shopping occurs on the day after Thanksgiving or “Black Friday”.  On average, over 135 Million people go shopping on Black Friday spending billions of dollars.  According to a National Retail Federation 2015 holiday prediction, the average American shopper plans on spending $805 dollars this holiday season for holiday gifts, decorations and hosting holiday parties. The average shopper plans to spend $463 on just family members this holiday season.

For many retailers, Black Friday is their busiest shopping day of the year!  Retail sales for this year is predicted to be over $630.5 billion. Cyber Monday has also become a big shopping day as online shopping is forecast to increase by up to 8% to $105 billion.

Storing Holiday Gifts in Self Storage

What does “Black Friday” or “Cyber Monday” have to do with self storage? Renting a self storage unit is a great solution for storing your holiday purchases. If you don’t have a lot of room in your home for storage or if you want to prevent “sneaky” family members from finding their surprise gifts, think about storing the items in a self storage unit.  Stop N Stor offers a variety of storage unit sizes from 5×5 to 10×30  for all of your storage needs.  A 5×5 storage unit, or the size of a closet, is a great place to store smaller packages and boxes, but if you need extra room for larger gifts or to set up a wrapping station for your gifts, then we can happily accommodate your needs with a larger storage unit size. Stop N Stor  also offers month-to-month rentals, which is perfect for storing your “Black Friday” deals for the holiday season.

A self storage unit is also a great place to store holiday decorations such as Christmas trees, lights, outdoor decorations and wreaths for both homeowners and businesses. Utilizing a self storage unit for holiday decorations will help eliminate the “after the holiday season clutter” in your home. Climate controlled storage units help keep artificial wreaths and Christmas trees looking fresh and ready for use in the future.  For retail stores, a self storage unit can be used as a secondary storage room for inventory, fixtures and equipment during the holiday season.

Stop N Stor facility offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day so our employees can spend time with their loved ones. Customers can still access their storage units via the keypad gated-entry during the holiday.  Stop N Stor offices will re-open for regular hours on Friday, November 27th. Stop N Stor wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

 

How to Store a RV for the Winter

RV storage Tips

November is time of the year to start making preparations to store your camper, trailer or recreational vehicle (RV) for the winter months. Most people will park these vehicles in their driveway or in large garages.  If there is not enough room to store these types of vehicles at home, then parking the RV, trailer or camper at a self storage facility is a perfect storage solution. Most self storage facilities offer outdoor parking spaces to store boats and RV’s. Stop N Stor offers RV storage parking at our 6 storage facilities in Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah.

Safety and security are two key components when choosing a self storage facility for RV storage. Stop N Stor has wide well-lit aisles, to make it easy to maneuver your vehicle into their designated parking spaces. Our facility has video surveillance cameras, gated key code entry and on-site managers to give you added peace of mind that your RV is safe while in storage. We also offer month-to-month rentals to long-term rental agreements.

There are some steps that need to be taken for boat and RV storage to protect them during their time in storage. Always refer to the owner’s manual for your vehicle for specific RV storage instruction. It is important to follow these preparation steps before you place the vehicles in storage, so the RV can easily be used again for the spring and summer travel season.

Storage Tips for RV

  • Drive the vehicle that you are storing to the storage location prior to completing the rental agreement to ensure that the vehicle will actually fit in the spot.
  • When you are ready to put the RV in storage make sure that the registration, insurance and license plates are current and renewed. Storage facilities require proof of these documents at time of RV storage.
  • Take the vehicle out for one last drive before you park the RV at a self storage facility. Listen for any engine problems, knocks, pings or other unusual or unfamiliar noises.
  • After the drive, walk around the vehicle, inspect underneath the RV and climb on to the roof to look for broken antennae, awnings, seals, windows, etc.
  • Make the needed repairs to the vehicle before placing in storage.
  • Remove all food from the cabinets in the RV. Defrost and clean out the refrigerator.
  • Clean the RV inside and out. Vacuum the interior of the RV from top to bottom. Wipe down the counters and inside the cabinets.
  • Close the windows and blinds in the vehicle to prevent sun exposure that can damage the fabrics and fade the carpets.
  • Disconnect all air conditioning connects and clean out the air filters.
  • If you are storing for an extended period of time, remove the battery from the vehicle and put it on a maintenance charger in a dry, cool, and ventilated place. If you are keeping the battery inside the vehicle, it is a good idea to start the engine every couple of months to prevent moisture build-up.
  • Right before you store the vehicle, change the oil and oil filter. Fill the fuel tank and add a fuel stabilizer recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer.
  • Cover the tires with protective tarps and then cover the entire vehicle with a breathable tarp that is specially made for the vehicle. The coverings will help protect the RV from the elements during the winter months.

How to Prepare Patio Furniture For Storage

How to prepare patio furniture for storageAutumn marks the beginning of slightly cooler weather and of pumpkin-flavored everything!  When the weather starts to cool and the leaves start to drop off of the trees, it signals that it is time to start thinking about preparing and moving outdoor items such as patio furniture into storage for the winter months. If you prepare outdoor chairs and patio furniture properly, then they can easily be set up and to be used again when the weather warms up again.

If you decide to keep the patio furniture outside throughout the winter months, it is important to have it covered with water tight coverings to protect it from the elements. Remove the fabric cushions and place them in a fully sealed outdoor storage container. As an alternative, putting your patio furniture into a self storage unit and keeping it out of the elements will help prolong its life. Stop N Stor   has a variety of self storage units, climate controlled and non-climate controlled, in sizes ranging from 5×5 to 10×30 for all of your household storage needs. Our storage units are easily accessible allowing for our renters to easily move their outdoor furniture into and out of their storage units.

Tips for Storing Patio Furniture for the Winter Months

Making sure to properly preparing patio and outdoor furniture is important for continual use. As with any outdoor items, including lawn equipment such as lawn mowers and gardening tools,  make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning and storing.  Below, learn easy to follow tips to prep patio items for the winter months.

  • Inspect the chairs, tables, cushions and table umbrella to see if anything is broken or needs to be repaired before going in storage. If the patio furniture appears broken beyond repair, then it is time to dispose of them.
  • Thoroughly clean your patio furniture before placing it in your self storage unit. First, clean off pollen and dirt from the furniture with a dry cloth then, wet clean the furniture based on manufacturer instructions.
  • Clean the fabric or canvas cushions with a solution of Lysol and hot water. The fabric and filings for the furniture cushions should be completely dry before placing in storage. Cushions will survive longer if stored in a dry cool place such as a storage unit.
  • Wash wicker, mesh or plastic furniture and wrought iron chairs with a solution of mild dishwater soap and water. Clean wooden furniture with wood oil soap. Let the furniture dry completely after rinsing off the cleaning solution.
  • Clean patio umbrellas according to manufacturer’s instructions. Canvas should be cleaned first by brushing off dirt and then cleaning the surface with warm water and mild soap. The umbrella should be completely dry before storing. The wooden frame can be cleaned with wood polish or wax.
  • To keep the furniture protected, wipe the wicker or wood furniture with a furniture grade wax, aluminum or plastic furniture with a car wax and metal furniture with a silicone sealant spray.
  • When placing patio furniture in a storage unit, stack patio furniture chairs on top of one another to gain extra storage space. Remove the legs of the patio table to give more space in the storage unit. Keep all screws and nuts together in a plastic bag attached to the table legs.

9 Steps to Storing a Motorcycle

Storing a Motorcycle in Self StorageA motorcycle is a great mode of transportation during warm and dry weather. It is not recommended to take a motorcycle out of rides in cold and wet weather. It is important to keep the motorcycle protected and in good condition during the off-season months. If you do not have room in the garage in your home to store your motorcycle, then renting a self-storage unit is a great solution to store motorcycles for the winter months.

Stop N Stor offers a variety of storage unit sizes that are great for motorcycle storage.  Stop N Stor has drive-up access to storage units to allow you to easily move your motorcycle in and out of storage.  We offer state-of-the-art security measures including 24 hour video surveillance, well-lit buildings and drive ways and personalized gate-access entry.  These measures, plus having resident managers on site, will give a motorcycle owner peace of mind that their vehicle is protected while in storage at Stop N Stor.

How to Prepare a Motorcycle for Storage

Consult the owner’s manual for your type of motorcycle for specific storage tips. It is important to follow the instructions in the owner’s manual or consult with your storage facility’s manager before your store your motorcycle or any vehicle.  Following mechanical and cleaning steps to prepare your motorcycle for storage will make sure that the “bike” is ready for the spring riding season in no time!

  1. The motorcycle’s registration, title and license plates need to be up-to-date.
  2. Visually inspect the motorcycle to check if anything needs to be repaired or replaced before putting it in storage.
  3. Place the motorcycle on a pallet or piece of wood above the ground when in storage. This prevents damage from moisture and dampness to the vehicle. It will also help to protect the tires on the motorcycle from deflating.
  4. Clean the motorcycle and then completely dry it before placing in storage. Spray WD-40 on every metal surface of the motorcycle to help prevent rusting.
  5. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for adding fuel stabilizer to a full tank of gas to the motorcycle before placing in storage. Run the engine for at least 15 minutes to work the stabilizer through the engine.
  6. Change the motorcycle’s engine oil. This will remove the excess sludge and dirt in the engine allowing for easier start up when removing from storage.
  7. Check the tires to make sure that they are properly inflated.
  8. For long-term storage, it is recommended to remove the battery from the motorcycle and store in a warm dry space away from the actual vehicle. If you want to keep the battery in the motorcycle, attach it to a battery charger while in storage and make sure that it is charged every few weeks.
  9. Cover the motorcycle with a cotton tarp, sheet or blanket while it is in storage. Do not use a plastic cover as this will allow moisture to be trapped under cover and cause damage to the metal surfaces.

If you follow these easy steps, your motorcycle will be in great working condition for the next outdoor riding season. Stop by Stop N Stor locations in Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah to find out how we can help with all of your storage needs from vehicle storage to business storage.

Tips for Storing Power Tools

How to store power toolsMost people have a variety of tools at their home from small hand tools like screwdrivers or wrenches up to large power tools that usually can be found in workshops or tool shops. Tools can get stored all over home from the basement to the garage, but if they are not stored properly, they could rust and break. Contractors and construction workers also need to make sure that they properly store their tools and construction equipment. Contractors can store their tools and equipment in a self storage unit to allowing them to keep their overhead low and to have a handy place to keep everything organized in one place.

When it is time to keep these tools safe and in good working condition, where and how should they be stored? Most people will keep their tools in their home in the basement, in a workshop or in the garage. There are many different home tool storage ideas from DIY solutions to expensive storage cabinets that you can find at your local hardware store. A handy way to keep tools stored at home is to hang peg boards on the walls of your work room, in the garage or basement. This will keep tools off the floor and organized. For smaller tools and accessories, use a drawer storage system to protect from dust.

How to Prepare and Store Power and Hand Tools for Storage

Before storing, tools need to be properly prepared and maintained. The goal is to keep tools in good working condition while storing so they can easily be used right away when removed from storage.

  1. Consult with the manufacturer’s instructions for specific instructions on how to store power or hand tools as each have different requirements for care and storage.
  2. To keep tools tidy, clean them after each use. Wipe down with a rag or towel to be sure that they are free of dirt, grease and debris. Clean every metal surface with water and scrape away any soil and dirt. Completely dry the tool with a towel or rag before it is placed in storage.
  3. As you do your cleaning, check for damage or defects on the tools. If the tool cannot be repaired, then throw it away. Do not leave it to clutter up extra space.
  4. Coat the metal parts of the tools with a lubricant metal protector spray.
  5. Do not place tools directly on the ground for storage. Place small hand and power tools on shelving or in plastic bins. Store short-handled tools in a plastic bin or box. Organize like-sized tools together in a bin.
  6. Tie together long-handled tools, such as hoes and shovels in a garbage can while in storage. Otherwise hang these tools on a wall.
  7. Power tools should have all surfaces cleaned and completely dry before storage. Spray lubricant on all metal surfaces.
  8. Keep an inventory of the tools that you have in storage. Label each tool storage box with contents, so you will be able to find the tool that you need much easier.

Where to Store Power Tools

If there is not enough room to store tools in the home, then consider renting a self storage unit. Putting tools in a self storage unit will keep them safe, away from children and frees up space in a basement or garage for other items.  Stop N Stor offers a variety of storage unit sizes in both climate and non-climate controlled that are great options for storing power tools from 5×5, which would be great for storing a small tool collection to 10×30, which would allow more than ample space for large and small tools and equipment. Stop N Stor has a state-of-the-art security system, keypad gated entry and residents managers to give our customers peace-of-mind that their belongings are safe while in storage. Our facilities have easy access to the storage units allowing for easy loading and loading of tools. Stop in to our 6 locations to find out how Stop N Stor can help with any storage need from business to personal storage.

How to Store Summer and Fall Sports Equipment

Storing Summer & Fall Sports EquipmentIt is very important to take care of sports equipment when they are not in use. This applies for seasonal sports like baseball, golf, football, soccer and lacrosse. Everyday workout equipment also has to be properly prepared and stored in the home or in a storage unit. If sports equipment is properly stored, then it can be reused for many years. Children who are participating in sports need to be trained not to throw their equipment, uniforms, and shoes in the corner in the laundry room, closet or garage. Equipment and uniforms should be properly cleaned and maintained between each match and game in order to make it easier to prepare for off-season storage. Once the season is over, certain steps should be followed to keep equipment in good working order.

Renting a self storage unit for storing sporting equipment in the off-season is a great storage solution. This will reduce the amount of clutter in the home. Plus, as parents, you will know exactly where the sports equipment is stored (unlike just throwing in a corner). Stop N Stor offers a variety of storage unit sizes to help with storing sports equipment. The best storage solution is storing the equipment in a plastic storage bin while in storage. You can keep all the equipment for one sport in one bin. The storage bins also allow for easy storage on storage shelving.

Sports Equipment Storage Tips

Below are a few tips to make sure that your summer and fall sports equipment are ready to be stored:

Baseball Equipment                                           

Before storing, inspect all the equipment to make sure that it is in good condition and does not require repair. The repairs should be taken care of before placing in storage. Once a baseball player has chosen a glove, they could use it for the rest of the time that they are playing the game, so it is very important to keep it in good condition during the off-season. Clean and condition the baseball gloves before placing in storage. Clean bats, helmets and balls with wet wipes and air dry before placing in storage.

Golf Clubs and Bags

A quality set of golf clubs last a lifetime if properly maintained.  Before storing, clean the golf club heads with a toothbrush dipped in warm soapy water. This will loosen any dirt that has gotten into the groves. Clean grips with soap and water. Inspect the grips to see if they need repair. If they do, take them to your local golf professional for repair. To clean the golf bag, completely empty the golf bag of all contents and clean it inside and out with soap and water. Remove all garbage stored in the pockets of the golf bags. Inventory accessories such as golf balls, tees and gloves to see if you need to replace them during the off-season.

Soccer

After the fall soccer season, soccer jerseys and practice clothes need to be fully cleaned before putting them into storage. Treat and remove all stains from the clothing, so they will not set into the cloth while in storage. Clean cleats and shin guards with wet wipes. If the shoes are leather, condition them before placing in storage. Properly inflate the soccer balls before placing in storage and have the inflation device on-hand for re-inflating after storage.

Football

Once the football season is over in the fall, football pads and jersey’s need to be prepared for storage. As with soccer jerseys, make sure all stains are removed from the uniform before storage. Wipe down all pads, helmets and gloves with wet water and mild soap. In order to remove “the stink” from the equipment before storage, place the shoulder pads and knee pads in a closed bag with a bowl of baking soda for about a week. The baking soda will absorb odors! To keep odors out during storage, stuff the shoulder pads, helmets and knee pads with newspaper. The newspaper will absorb odors over time.