How to Clean and Insulate Storage Containers: The Basics

Today, storage containers are not just utilized for collecting and moving certain goods. These boxes made of corrugated steel are also used for building mobile offices, homes, schools, and even restaurants. They are durable just like bricks and blocks. Storage containers can withstand strong winds and even earthquakes. They are also cheap and very easy to decorate.

Before using them to build establishments, it’s very important to clean them first.

Cleaning storage containers before and after usage will prevent accidents and diseases from happening.

Insulating them, on the other hand, can protect the boxes from absorbing moisture that can possibly corrode them. Doing this will also prevent noise from entering the containers. Insulating storage containers will ensure that the boxes are comfortable and suitable for living. This activity will help them to last longer as well.

If you want to know how to clean and insulate your shipping container, below is a guide on how to do them.

How to keep your container dirt-free

MoveablecubicleOnce your shipping container arrives, inspect it immediately. Check if there’s rust found in the outer and inner part of the container. Look for holes and dents as well.

To ensure safety, wear face mask and safety goggles. Before you fix your container’s problems, sweep the dust and dirt inside. Use a broom to do it.

You can also wash your shipping container. It can be done by using a pressure washer. If your hose can reach the box, you can use it as well. After washing the container, let it dry and polish it with a large sheet of sandpaper.

To fix big holes and cracks in the outer part of the container, use an industrial sealant. You can also cover them using glue and small pieces of steel. Do it before painting the outer part.

Repairing rusty areas can be done by applying vinegar to the affected areas. Utilize a mop or a big cloth for this activity. Painting them is also a good way to cover rusts and to repair areas with flaking paint.

After repainting your container, inspect it again. Make sure that the floor and walls inside are clean. Do this before insulating and decorating your container.

Materials that can insulate your container

There are various tools that you can use to insulate your shipping container.

You can use roll-on insulation like wool and thermal foil foam for the container walls. They can be bought easily but it will take time to install them in the box.

Fiberglass can also be installed in your container. Like foils and wool, it can also insulate a shipping container. You can go with fiberglass batts or the loose fill type.

Aside from roll-on insulation, you can also utilize spray-on insulation like Polyurethane spray foams. Spray foam can be an open cell or a closed cell one. Both spray foams can protect a container from rust and moisture caused by harsh weathers. They are very easy to apply but applying them to a shipping container requires care.

Getting exposed to these spray foams might cause rashes to the skin. Inhaling their scent is also not recommended because they might give you lung problems. Better wear protective gear before spraying them in your container.

Using ecological or natural insulation (e.g. hemp and egg cartons) is a good way to insulate a container and save the environment at the same time. However, you need a lot of these materials to insulate your large steel box. You can ask someone from the farm to supply you with these materials.

All in all, it shouldn’t be too hard to clean and insulate containers, although it’s still necessary to spend time and exert effort.