If you are storing sport equipment, you may want to spend some time preparing the items for storage and ensuring your storage area is well organised. That will help to ensure that your equipment is in good condition when you take it out of storage. Let these tips help you.
1. Remove Sweat Before Storing Anything
Over time, sweat can cause materials such as fabric to disintegrate, and it can leave stains in leather balls. If you are putting sport uniforms, fan jerseys or workout gear into storage, make sure that you clean these items thoroughly to remove the sweat and odours. Otherwise, the odours may become unremovable, and the sweat may cause holes or other issues. You also want to remove other biological stains such as grain stains — the proteins in those stains can attract pests which may snack on your stuff whilst in storage.
2. Clean Off Dirt
Ideally, while cleaning your stuff or storage, you should also remove dirt and soil. If you have a stiff bristled brush, use it to clean out the cleats of your football boots and golf shoes. Also, make sure to brush dirt off any other equipment you have including lawn darts, volleyball netball poles, and balls.
3. Empty Air Out of Balls
In addition to cleaning sport balls, you may want to empty the air out of them. When the temps change in your storage unit, that affects the air pressure of the balls. If it's hot, the balls may involuntarily over-inflate, and if it's cold, they may lose air. That back and forth isn't ideal for balls, so you may just want to get rid of the air preemptively.
4. Cover Equipment to Protect From the Sun
If possible, you may want to cover your sport equipment with a tarp. That protects it from condensation and moisture, which is critical if you are storing stuff outside. Alternatively, if you're using a garage or a storage unit with a window, the tarp protects your items from the potentially damaging rays of the sun.
5. Hang Bicycles
When storing bicycles you may want to hang them up rather than prop them up. If you have too much weight going onto the tyre of the bicycle, that can cause that portion of the tyre to wear out prematurely, and then, when you take your bicycle out of storage, you may need to replace the inner tubes and tyres right away. There are bicycle hooks that you can put into walls and ceilings for this purpose.