What You Can and Cannot Put in a Storage Unit
Our Reno self-storage facility constantly gets asked what items can be stored in a storage unit and what shouldn’t be put in a storage unit. Generally, you can put a whole host of things in a storage unit, but there are limits. A self-storage facility is a great place to store unused household items, appliances, keepsakes, clothes, and even vehicles. However, some items are not accepted either due to the safety risk and sanitary implications they pose. So, what can you put in a storage unit and what should you not put in a storage unit? Find out below.
Items that are NOT allowed to be kept in a storage unit
Flammable or Combustible Items
Flammable and combustible materials pose a severe safety risk in storage facilities and are therefore not allowed. To prevent the possibility of fire, all flammable materials should not be stored in a self-storage unit. These materials may include paint, thinners, household or commercial cleaners, and fuel (gas or diesel). Other combustible or flammable materials that should not be placed in storage include:
- Propane tanks
- Aerosol cans such as hairspray and cooking spray
- Lighter fluid
- Linseed oil
- Kerosene lamps
- Asbestos or anything containing asbestos
- Acid (car batteries and drain cleaners may contain acid)
- Propane tanks
- Toxic or corrosive waste such as old batteries and leftover paint
Like flammable materials, hazardous items should be kept out of storage units for safety purposes. Most hazardous materials have the potential to catch fire, explode, or put others at risk of danger. All of the following items are prohibited from storage facilities:
- Cleaning products
- Ammonia or bleach
- Roofing tar
- Paint, paint thinner, and paint remover
- Medical waste, needles, etc.
Items That Attract Pests and Rodents
It’s important that storage facilities maintain health and safety standards to keep storage renters’ belongings safe. Pests and rodents may easily find their way into a storage unit, causing damage to your property. In an effort to prevent this from happening, all items that attract pests are not allowed to be kept in storage units. This includes garbage and perishable foods.
Wet or Damp Items
Items that are wet or damp should either be thoroughly dried out prior to storage or kept out of a storage unit entirely. Water attracts mold and mildew which thrive in dark locations and can easily spread to other items in your unit leading to damaged goods and unflattering smells. Because of this, all items that are placed in storage need to be completely dry. Things like umbrellas and even certain appliances such as a washing machine need to be wiped clean and dried before being stored for any amount of time.
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but living things such as animals, plants, and people cannot be stored in a storage facility. It is also against the law to reside or work in a storage unit.
Items that ARE acceptable for storage
Appliances are commonly stored in a storage facility to clear up space at home or in the garage. Storage units are great for appliances as they keep them safe from the elements and can be easily put away and taken out. You may put microwaves, dishwashers, washers and dryers, refrigerators, and more in a storage unit. Just be sure to thoroughly clean the appliances before storing them, and ensure they are completely dry.
Boats, Cars, RVs, and Motorcycles
If you rent a large enough storage unit, you are more than welcome to store your motor vehicles inside. Cars, boats, jet skis, snowmobiles, RVs, motorcycles, and lawnmowers may be stored. However, some facilities will require that the vehicle is operable, so the classic vehicle that you’re trying to get up and running may not be accepted. Check with your local self-storage facilities to see what their policy on storing non-operable vehicles is.
Clothing and Linen
When it comes to storing clothes and linen, it’s important to keep them in an airtight container to prevent pests and humidity from getting a hold of them. Clothes, bedding, towels, blankets, outerwear, and even shoes may be kept in a storage unit.
Just about any home good or household item that isn’t flammable, hazardous, or a living thing is acceptable to be kept in a storage facility. Common home goods that are placed in storage units consist of memorabilia, keepsakes, trophies, antiques, photos, books, and even electronics. Just be sure to protect your delicate items such as electronics by putting them in airtight containers.
Furniture is one of the most common items to be kept in a storage facility. All outdoor and indoor furniture including sofas, tables, chairs, shelves, and bed frames may be stored. Mattresses are also acceptable, but they should be properly wrapped in plastic and covered for the duration of their stay. All furniture should also be cleaned and properly protected prior to being stored.
Seasonal items are also commonly stored in storage facilities. As long as the materials are not flammable or hazardous, they can be stored. Things such as lights, signs, inflatables, and other holiday or seasonal decor may be kept in a storage unit.
Declutter Your Home with Reno Ample Storage
Here at Ample Storage in Reno, NV, we understand that you want to hang on to the belongings that we’re storing for you. To that end, our safe and secure Reno storage facility is equipped with security features that will keep you and your stored possessions safe as a bug in a rug! Whether you’re looking for short or long-term storage, a large or small unit, and affordable pricing, Reno Ample Storage provides you with all you need to keep your property safe and secure. Connect with us today!