Gabfocus Spotlight: How should you clean interior storage doors?

September 21, 2023

self storage door cleaning help video
2 min

It's everyone's favorite time at the storage facility—time to clean the doors. But how do you get those interior unit doors clean?

There are many ways people go about it, and some are definitively bad ideas. Let's talk about the good ideas, though! We've invited a couple of experts when it comes to maintaining your facility, and they had a chance to talk to us about cleaning your doors!

Listen to Nigel Kreft of Storage Structures and Jackie Belau of Everbrite Coatings as they talk cleaning, doors, and more.

Question: "How should you clean interior storage doors?"

Check out the video clip below to hear their answers:

In this Gabfocus Session: Keeping Up With Your Facility, Tommy and Melissa were joined by Nigel Kreft (Storage Structures) and Jackie Belau (Everbrite Coatings). The topic of the day? Maintaining the form of your facility through cleaning, maintenance, and more.

Check out the full Session to dive deeper! 

Don't want to watch the clip? Here's what Jackie had to say:

You don't want to use water on the interior at all.

Exterior doors sometimes have a lip to prevent water from getting in the bottom. But the exterior driveways are built at a "V" where the water drains to the middle. In most situations.

Inside, they are not made like that. The water will literally go right into the unit.

So don't use water on the interior. Use a wax product. We do have these things, amazing. I call them magic pads. They're called prep pads. They're triple zero synthetic steel wool. It's what we use to get all the chalk and oxidation off the doors before we do it.

But they take off—you know, the black marks in the hallways from the carts that people run in. It takes those off without scratching the paint.

They're amazing.

And any kind of like a wax product that is made for painted metal, you can get a car automotive shop."

—Jackie Belau

"There you go.

Yeah, I just Googled carnauba wax because I'd never heard of that term in my life, and it's related a lot to car paint.

So, there you have it.

And then, I mean, again, the people want to know about doors. Any suggestions on wooden doors?

I know we've talked a lot about metal, a lot about paint. What about wood?

Any advice on maintaining wooden doors?"

Tommy Nguyen

"I would say wash them.

Wash them down, keep them clean, and then paint them."

—Jackie Belau


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