We’ve all heard about the importance of practicing self-care. Eat healthy, take a walk, get a manicure, read a book, call a friend, unplug your devices, and get enough sleep. These small gestures can add up and make a positive impact — especially when our lives are out of balance. We’re all busy, and over the past year it feels like we’re only gotten busier. Ultimately, we are responsible for the health of our own minds and bodies. Set up a routine and stick to it. Don’t neglect what’s holding you together!
You can apply the same advice to other areas of your life. What would your home or business look like after letting things go for a month? What about a year? Minimal maintenance (think: once a month and every year) may be all it takes. Create a checklist for yourself with small items. If you make the list manageable, you might actually get it done! Own a self-storage facility? Be sure you have a game plan to care for your investment and extend the life of your storage containers.
To help you extend the life of your storage containers, we’ve put together our top most important monthly maintenance steps.
1. Remove snow and ice from the roof
Over time, the weight of water, ice, and snow can put undue stress on containers’ roofs. This can lead to thinning metal, rust, and even dents and scratches. If your containers have experienced some inclement weather, try to clean off the tops as soon as possible.
2. Clean visible dirt and surface dust
Cleaning off any apparent grime every month will greatly increase your containers’ lifespan (not to mention make them look more professional and appealing to customers!). To safely clean your containers, use an anti-mildew solution, mild bleach, a hose, and a broom to clean off any dirt and surface rust. If you discover larger dents, holes, or rust spots, call a professional to repair and repaint the container.
3. Sweep the floors
The floorsof your Boxwell containers are made of marine-grade plywood which has been treated and sealed. You can easily clean them by sweeping out any rock, sand, or other debris that has accumulated there, which will help prevent gouges and scratches.
4. Maintain the doors
Ensure that your containers’ doors open, close, and latch properly. If your roll-up doors are not operating smoothly, you can apply lubricant. Swing doors should be checked to make sure they are still sealed from inclement weather. Don’t forget to inspect all latches and locks!
5. Check the weight load
Boxwell containers have a maximum payload of 10,000 pounds and can be stacked three-high – but it’s still possible to cause structural damage by going overboard. Flat-packed or otherwise unassembled containers have limits as well; they should not be stacked more than 5-high with brackets.
With proper care and attention, you can keep your containers looking brand-new for years and years to come. Beyond your more regular cleaning routine, we recommend the following five steps to be performed on an annual basis.
1. Examine the surface of your containers
Examine the roof for scratches, dents, and debris. Damaged paint and other surface blemishes can lead to rusting on the container. To prevent this, touch up any damaged areas with fresh paint.
2. Inspect the seals
Inspect and replace weather stripping and caulking. Moisture can enter containers if they are not sealed properly – potentially damaging their contents. Always double check your containers’ silicone caulk and weather stripping to ensure that they are completely sealed.
3. Check the bolts
Check and tighten roof and corner bolts. As portable containers are used and transported, their fasteners may rattle and vibrate. Over time, this may cause them to loosen. At least once a year, be sure to check your storage containers’ bolts, washers, lock washers, and nuts to ensure they remain properly impacted.
4. Look at the plugs
Look for missing rubber plugs. Are your storage containers missing any rubber plugs on the base or roof? These plugs help prevent rust. Missing plugs can also look unseemly. If you need more, don’t hesitate to contact Boxwell for replacements – we will send some out to you right away!
5. Inspect the decals
Inspect your decals. Double-check to make sure that your decals are still in place and legible. Don’t forget to inspect smaller signage, as well (like the “Door Lock Here” and “Emergency Pull” stickers). If you find any issues, just contact Boxwell and we’ll address it for you.
At Boxwell, we pride ourselves on providing customers with the highest-quality storage containers on the market. We set out to reinvent storage and prove that a great product can be created through innovation and perseverance. As a team, we take care of ourselves with regular check-ins and checklists, and we strive to evolve with our ever-growing industry!