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Do’s and Don’ts for Portable Storage Containers

Learn about the do’s and don’ts for portable storage containers.

Learn about the do’s and don’ts for portable storage containers.

Having access to a portable storage container can be a great way to help keep your home or business from getting too cluttered. However, if you’re mindlessly storing items without thinking, you may be putting everything in your container at risk and not making the best use of your unit. Knowing what can and cannot be stored in a portable unit and how to store your items properly can ensure the safety and security of everything inside. Today we’ll help you learn some of the most essential guidelines with our top do’s and don’ts of portable storage containers.

The Do’s

One of the first tricks that you’ll want to make a consistent habit is to keep everything well labeled and placed in your unit based on usage. Items that are rarely used should always be placed at the very back of your container to keep other items more accessible. Before you begin packing anything away, make sure the items are clean, and if fragile, wrapped in paper or bubble wrap. When possible, use airtight containers with silica packets inside instead of cardboard boxes, as they can attract moisture and cause mold and mildew. If you are storing equipment in your storage unit, make sure that it is well oiled beforehand to prevent rust. Last but not least, don’t store anything that’s sensitive to moisture or changes in temperature unless you are sure your unit is safe from both. Allied Trailers’ storage unit containers are constructed from high-quality steel and metal to prevent theft and weather damage. 

The Do Not’s

When it comes to packing items for long term storage, there are a variety of easy mistakes that can be made because they seem like great ideas. Wrapping items like furniture in plastic, for example, may look like a great way to protect your possessions, but in reality, plastic can actually cause significant damage as it retains water and can encourage mold and odors. Next, always anticipate that pests will try to infiltrate your storage unit. Take measures to ensure that any pests that enter will be deterred. Lastly, never store any flammable items like chemicals, paint, or aerosols in your storage unit. These can all add unneeded risk and result in a loss of your possessions.

Contact Allied Trailers Today for Your Next Storage Container

Allied Trailers is a leading provider of space solutions for the construction, education, energy, industrial, commercial/retail, healthcare, and government markets. With operations on the East Coast of the United States, and serving more than 50,000 customers, Allied Trailers operates a fleet of nearly 10,000 modular space and secure storage units that are leased through a network of 8 branch locations along the East Coast of North America. Check out our Locations page for contact information, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, and our don’t forget to check out our blog.

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