Spring is the perfect time to clean and inspect shipping containers. These tips can help you avoid costly repair bills and keep your container in the best possible condition.
Inspect The Roof
A shipping container roof is one of the most important areas to check during spring cleaning and maintenance procedures. It should be inspected for damage, cracks, and deep dents. Used containers often have dents due to them being stacked on top of each other on ships, so these need to be addressed. Dents collect rainwater and lead to corrosion if left untreated. Rust is another major problem for shipping containers, so be sure to inspect the entire exterior of your container for rust spots. Small spots can easily be sanded down and repainted, but larger ones may need to be sand blasted and repatched. It’s also a good idea to use an anti-mildew solution to clean the roof. This will help remove rust and prevent it from becoming a breeding ground for mildew. If you have a container in an area that is known to have salt laden air, high rainfall, or persistent fog, you should consider additional protection for your roof to ensure it doesn’t get damaged. Snow and ice can also build up on the roof and cause problems, especially when it gets stuck on top of the container. Removing it before it freezes and turns into ice is essential to the health of your container.
Clean The Interior
The interior of a shipping container can accumulate a lot of dust and debris. It’s crucial to regularly sweep the container in order to get rid of it. A broom or a mop should be used to clean the flooring, walls, and roof of the container. However, you can also opt to use a leaf blower or air compressor. This is the best option if you don’t want to spray down the entire container. A strong blower will get rid of any seeds, pollen or detached stuff that might be floating around. While cleaning, take special attention to any areas that might be rusty or have holes and dents. These can only worsen over time, so make sure to get them repaired and painted.
Inspect The Doors
During spring cleaning and maintenance procedures, inspect the doors of your shipping container. They’re the only moving parts of a shipping container and are subject to wear and tear with frequent use. The door hinges should be inspected and cleaned often to remove any rust, dirt, or grit that could make them stick when they’re opened. Then, lubricate the hinges with a spray (such as WD-40) to ensure they’re able to open and close easily.
Inspect The Modified Areas
Modifications like cutting and welding may affect a shipping container’s ability to resist corrosion, water, and dirt. These areas should be repainted and rust proofed. During this process, it is important to pay special attention to the lower side wall where it meets the flat area of the steel beam at the bottom of the container. Rust can collect at this spot and eat through the side of the container.
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