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3 secrets to clean self storage rental units & more profits

By Marc Goodin Clean units = more 5 star reviews, more referrals and more profits!

You may not think clean units is one of your top priorities. It should be. You may think cleaning a self storage units is common sense. It is not. You may think your managers are doing a great job cleaning the units. Most are not.

And clean units = higher rents and more referrals

Here are the 3 steps to clean rental units:

1) Having a well stocked cleaning cart

2) Have unit cleaning instructions laminated and on the cleaning cart

3) Make it mandatory mangers clean every the same day or on the next days morning site walk

How to clean a self-storage unit

It can take 20 minutes to clean a unit that was properly cleaned last month or over an hour if the unit has not been cleaned in a year. The goal is to clean the unit the same day or next day after the move out so it can be rented.

ALWAYS take the cleaning cart with the following minimum supplies:

Bug spray

Silver spray paint

Cleaning solution

Cleaning gloves

Roll of paper towel

Several cleaning cloths

Flat head screw driver

Portable battery vac – often DeWalt

Broom & dustpan

Unit clip tags

Clip board with paper & pen

Trash bags


Wire brush

Small and large hard plastic brushes

Door protection strips

Soft Dust pan brush

Small paint scraper

Lithium spring

Roll white ceiling tape

2 Door rope with handles

Leaf blower if you have one

My favorite cleaning cart is by rubbermaid.

Self Storage Unit Cleaning Steps

1) Vacuum two front corners, and along bottom edge of all walls to vacuum up bugs.

2) Pick up/sweep up any paper debris or items left behind.

3) Clean compacted built up dirt in inside of door U tracks with Flat head screw driver

4) If there is rust try to determine why. Scrape the rust and spray paint with silver paint.

5) Clean walls as need be with cleaning spray and cleaning clothes. Notice dust will settle on the top metal corrugation. Small amount of dust may be able to be cleaned with dust pan brush.

6) Clean back of door to original white color. May take a while if unit not cleaned a while.

7) Replace/repair missing door protection strips

8) Brush bottom metal rail clean oof dirt and cob webs.

9) Spray lithium grease on door springs.

10) If any floor has any stains clean with cleaner, scraper and wire brush if needed. May need to get oil absorbent material for oil spots.

11) Check ceiling for any tears in ceiling insulation with white tape Check for sagging insulation and repair. Will need to get a latter and possible assistance.

12) Sweep or use leaf blower to clean floor. Any debris swept out of the unit must be picked up.

13) Spray bug spray at both front corners top to bottom and at base of the 3 walls.

14) Check door latch inside and out. Repair/replaces or spray with wd40 as need be.

15) Check bottom of door rubber strip. Replace if damaged.

16) Clean outside of door.

17) Put on unit tag

18) Any items not done or repairs required by others make a note so it can be done soon.

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Marc Goodin is the President of Storage Authority Franchising. He owns 3 self-storages he designed, built, and manages. He has been helping others in the self-storage industry for over 25 years. He can be reached at or directly at 860-830-6764 to answer your franchising, development, marketing, sales, and operations questions. His best selling self storage books are available on Amazon.


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