It 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:
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.
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.
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.