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How to Take Care of Your New Shipping Container

Sure, shipping containers are tough. But just because they’re built to withstand the high seas and every kind of weather imaginable doesn’t mean you should neglect them. Even the strongest, highest-quality container needs some TLC every so often. If you are going to take advantage of some super shipping container sales, here are some handy maintenance tips to keep your container working and looking great for a long time.

Secure your shipping container on the level ground

It’s always a good idea to ensure your shipping container is placed on level ground. Uneven surfaces can expose your shipping container to moisture buildup, rust, and possible corrosion. Also, placing your shipping container on cinder blocks or railways ties will help keep it safe from moisture damage.

Lubricate and inspect doors of your shipping container.

If you are storing anything of value in your shipping container, you’ll obviously want to make sure the doors are working properly. Look for any cracks, damage, or rubber seal wear and tear. Plus, make sure you lubricate door hinges to prevent them from seizing up. With a little door maintenance, your items will be protected from the elements, thieves, and rodents.

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Don’t overload the roof

You’ve seen them stacked pile high in shipyards. But don’t let those mountains of steel boxes fool you. The load bearing abilities of your shipping container is all in the corners. Putting heavy items on top on your shipping container can cause warping. It’s also a good idea to remove snow and other debris that may have accumulated on your shipping container.


Remove rust

Rust is a container’s worst enemy. While your Corten steel container is resistant to corrosion, it is not rust proof, however. So, if you want to extend the life of your shipping container, remove any signs of rust. You can also use a high-quality paint to prevent rust and rot buildup.

Clean your shipping container

Regular cleaning will help get rid of dirt, grime, and mold from your shipping container. If you can get your hands on one, a pressure washer can sure come in handy to clean out those hard-to-reach areas like corners and seams.

Taking care of your new shipping container doesn’t take much. With a little elbow grease and some helpful maintenance advice, you can enjoy your shipping container for many years to come.

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