For die-hard winter sports enthusiasts, April is the time to put sports equipment away and into hibernation. Without proper care, hours of toe loops, salchows, and camel spins, will leave your skates dull and worn. It is very easy to grab your skis at the end of the season and throw them in a closet. You might think stuffing your ski jacket into a trash bag to toss it into the attic will suffice for storage. However, what happens next season when you open your ski jacket to find mold or mildew?
Winter sports equipment can be expensive, and of course, you want to protect your investment. Prepping your equipment for proper storage in one of our storage units near San Mateo can save you time and money next season.
Tips for Preparing Your Winter Sports Equipment for Storage
Here are some tips to help you prepare your winter sports equipment for a successful start to next season:
· Snowboards and Skis: Take the time to clean and wax your snowboard and skis. Both need to be completely dry to avoid corroding; and applying wax will help. For easier cleaning, add a bit of high-temperature wax to your skis and then scrape off the dirt. Apply a new coat of wax for storage. Now is a good time to take your skis to a ski tuner for an end of the season sharpening and waxing.
· Ice Skates: Keeping your ice skates clean during the season is the first step to prepping for storage. One way to do this is to use a water repellent solution and polish your skates frequently. Before putting your skates into your storage unit, clean and dry your blades, and then set blade guards on. Instead of storing your skates directly on concrete, use an absorbent blanket between your blades and the floor.
· Coats: The end of the season is the perfect time to launder or dry clean all your coats, gloves, hats and scarves, so you start next season with fresh, clean winter sports apparel. The key is to have all your clothes clean and dry before you put them into storage. Stuff your goggles in your sleeve for easy retrieval next season. Use dryer sheets in your ski bags or totes to keep your items fresh.
· Boots: It is imperative to make sure all the salt is cleaned off your boots. Remove any liners and allow to dry completely before storing. Consider investing in a boot dryer to remove any additional moisture. Make sure your boots are clean and oiled for protection. Securely buckle your boots and place in a clean, dry ski bag for storage.
· Organizing: Label clear plastic bins for easier identification and access to your family’s sports clothing. Tag each set of skis with their owner’s name; it will also help you identify each person’s skis at the start of the next season.
It only takes a few extra steps to prepare all your winter sports equipment for summer storage. 5A Rent-A-Space has a variety of storage rental units near San Mateo to keep your winter sports equipment in perfect order. For additional tips on storing your gear, check out our FAQs.
Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 650-338-0016 or toll free at 1-800-5ASPACE (1-800-522-7223) to learn more about renting a self-storage unit near San Mateo. You can also reserve your unit online now. If you are not sure how much space you will need for your items, use our online “Space Calculator.”