As a homeowner, you likely have a whole arsenal of tools at your disposal. Most of us have a drill for hanging curtains and shelves, maybe a saw from a past DIY wooden project, and more screwdrivers and hammers than you know what to do with! While you know you have all of these tools…somewhere… finding the desired tool when you need it can be a whole different obstacle. We get it. Keeping your tools organized can be tough, but do you know if you are storing your tools correctly? Hand and power tools that are not stored correctly can suffer from physical damage or rust. Keep your hand and power tools organized and safe by following these tips!
Hand Tool Storage Ideas
- Wipe Down Hand Tools: Remove dust, dirt, and grime from your hand tools by wiping them down with an old rag. If the tools require a more thorough cleaning, soap and water can be used. Let the tools dry before storing them.
- Prepare Your Tools for Storage: Spray a light layer of WD-40 on metal tools and wipe with a clean cloth. This will help to protect your tools from forming rust.
- Use a Pegboard to Hang Tools: Pegboards are inexpensive and can be used to organize a large number of tools at once. A pegboard will help to organize your tools and keep them in a safe location for when they are needed next.
Power Tool Storage Tips
- Clean the Tools: Storing dirty tools can result in severe rust damage caused by any moisture and salt left on the surface. In order to clean your tools, use a cloth to wipe away any dirt or dust. Use a toothbrush or similar brush with small, soft bristles to get the dust out of away from any moving parts. While you are wiping the tools down, this is a good time to check for any damage. If you notice damage or rust, address it now to prevent further damage from occurring.
- Lubricate Moving Parts: Keep all moving parts and gears in the best condition by spraying a thin layer of WD-40 on them. WD-40 can also be used to prevent rust. When using WD-40, spray a thin layer then wipe off any excess with a rag.
- Keep Your Tools off of the Floor: Never store your tools on the floor of your garage, shed or basement. The floor is prone to moisture, which can damage your tools.
- Control the Dust: Over time, dust can ruin motors and clog moving parts. Storing your tools in file cabinets, cabinets with heavy drawers or a case will help to keep dust from settling.
- Storing Cordless Tool Batteries: Remove all the batteries from your tools before storing them. Check the charge on your batteries and try to get them to about a 40% charge. Never store your batteries in an area that is too hot or too cold.
Beyond Self Storage Has Climate Controlled Storage Facilities
When it comes to storing your hand and power tools, you can have the most organized tool collection but if they aren’t stored in an ideal climate, they can still become damaged. While it is common for people to store their tools in their basement or shed, the fluctuations in temperature can actually lead to your tools rusting.
If you do not have a place in your home to store your tools, consider a climate-controlled storage unit. Beyond Self Storage has storage facilities in Lenexa, KS, Commerce Township, MI, Macomb, MI, Rochester Hills, MI, Sterling Hills, MI, Eagan, MN, Maplewood, MN, Chesterfield, MO and St. Louis, MO. We also have storage facilities near Pittsburgh, PA at Robinson and Ross! Our 5×5 storage unit rental will provide an ideal storage solution for the average homeowner. For contractors or a larger tool collection, consider the 5×10 storage unit. Reserve your storage unit today. Reserve your storage unit today!