Most sports are seasonal, so chances are your kids’ golf, baseball, and field hockey gear spends a lot of time stowed away in your garage. The same might also be true for your workout equipment, primarily if you don’t work out at home all year. Properly stored, sports equipment will last for years, protecting your substantial investment.
If you teach your children to treat their uniforms and equipment with respect, that gear will remain usable for decades, and can even be handed down to younger siblings. Luckily, there are several steps you can take to store your favorite belongings.
Tips for Storing Sports Equipment
First of all, location matters. If you store your items in a basement that tends to get humid without the proper care, your sports gear can end up getting moldy or rusted, for example. Keeping apparel in a storage facility is a safe bet, but you’ll still have to go through the proper measures before storing that equipment.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when preparing your stuff for storage:
- Make sure to inspect all items to see that they are in good condition before storing. Items that are damaged should be repaired, so they are ready to use when the season rolls around.
- Baseball gloves should be cleaned and conditioned.
- Clean balls, helmets, and bats with antibacterial wet wipes and allow to air dry before storing.
- Clean the heads and grips of your golf clubs with warm, soapy water.
- Have grips repaired by your local pro if necessary.
- Remove everything from your golf bag and clean both the inside and outside with warm, soapy water. Allow it to dry completely before putting away.
- Make a list of small accessories like gloves, balls, and tees that may need replacing over the winter.
- Clean jerseys, uniforms, and practice clothes before storing. Treat and remove stains if necessary.
- Condition leather shoes before storing.
- Inflate balls and put them with the corresponding inflation device.
- Clean pads, gloves, and helmets with soap and water.
- Items that have an unpleasant odor should be placed in a sealed bag with baking soda for about a week. You can also store items with newspaper, which will absorb the smell.
Taking these measures before storing sports equipment, whether at a rental unit, basement, or garage, will reduce the work needed to get your kids ready for their next season.
Get a Storage Unit for Your Out-of-Season Sports Equipment
Your home may not be the ideal place to store your beloved sports items. If space at home is limited, think about renting a self-storage unit as a safe and convenient place to keep your seasonal athletics equipment. Most of these spaces are secured and temperature regulated to keep personal possessions safe and free of mold and mildew.
Prices for storage units vary depending on how much space you need, so it may not end up being a significant expense at all. Plus, you may be able to get insurance for the stuff in your storage locker. That way, if there is a natural disaster and your expensive items deteriorate, you won’t lose out on your investment.
At Treasure Island Storage, we have many solutions to choose from to store your sports equipment for the winter. Contact us today at (347) 454-7455 to learn more about our locations to find a unit near you.