Some property managers have a storage option for residents at the multifamily buildings they manage, and some may run actual self storage facilities.

If you’re a property manager whose tasks include looking after storage amenities, it’s important to keep those spaces clean and disinfected in order to prevent any diseases or bacteria from spreading.

You can hire a professional disinfection service provider to sanitize storage spaces for you or do the work yourself. In this blog post we will discuss the best practices for disinfecting storage space.

Make sure to wear gloves and a mask when you’re disinfecting

It’s important to wear gloves and a mask when you’re disinfecting storage space. This will help protect your hands from dangerous bacteria or other diseases that might be on surfaces there. You should also wash your hands with soap and water before you take off the mask or gloves.

It’s also vital to make sure that all staff who access the storage spaces are wearing gloves as well. This is especially important in a self storage facility because there are so many different surfaces that people come into contact with and which bacteria can spread onto.

Be sure to use the right disinfectants

It’s important to use the right disinfectant when cleaning storage spaces. You need to choose a disinfectant such as bleach, alcohol or hydrogen peroxide that will kill any bacteria or other diseases on the surfaces in your storage spaces. If you’re using chlorine bleach, make sure it has been correctly diluted with water first before getting started.

You should also change the disinfectant after a certain amount of time. If you’re using bleach, it’s important to restart with fresh bleach every day or two. A similar approach will be needed if you’re using alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.

Hygiene for everyone entering the storage spaces

Hand hygiene should always be emphasized for staff working in areas that other people frequently access, and storage spaces are no exception. You should wash your hands with soap and water before you start cleaning or taking any items out of storage units.

Managers should ensure that all members of staff are washing and disinfecting their hands before they enter the building and touch anything. To help with this, you can put a hand sanitizer at the entrance to the building where the storage spaces are located and put up a sign reminding people to disinfect their hands as they enter.

Wash and dry as well

It’s important to wash surfaces after you’ve disinfected them. This will help remove any leftover bacteria that might be on the surface before it dries or becomes airborne again. You can use scouring pads, dish soap, warm water and sponges for this task. It’s also important to then dry the surfaces you’ve washed.

In addition, there are areas that are normally overlooked such as vents and light fixtures. These should be dusted, washed and disinfected as bacteria can grow in these places too.


In conclusion, it’s very important to be proactive about cleaning and disinfecting storage spaces. This will help prevent bacteria from spreading onto surfaces or onto people who access those spaces. Taking notice of the advice in this guide should help you ensure the storage spaces you manage are as clean and infection-free as possible.


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