If you switch out your tires for the winter, you’re going to need a safe place to keep them fresh for the spring. Proper storage of tires is essential for making your tires have a long lifespan. For those living in apartments, condos, or dorms, you’re not going to have room for spare tires in your place. If you don’t have a garage in your house, you could also use a self-storage unit for your tires. Here are a couple of suggestions to keep your tires rolling into spring.
Preparing for storage:
- Rent a storage unit that’s climate controlled. You don’t want your tires to get too hot or too cold. If you get an outdoor unit, ensure the tires are elevated to prevent moisture.
- Rent a storage with 24-hour access so you can retrieve and store your tires at any time
- Sunlight can damage your tires, so be sure to limit their exposure to it with a tarp
- The temperature of your storage unit should be cool and dry, below 77 degrees
- Inflate your tires to the proper PSI to help maintain their shape
- Remove any dirt by cleaning your tires with dish soap and water
- Tire brushes are also helpful for cleaning your tires too
- Dry your tires before placing them in storage
- Make sure your tires avoid any solvents, lubricants, or fuels
- Stacking your tires horizontally can you decrease the tire from deteriorating.
- Rotate the tires every so often to maintain performance
- Remove the tires from the vehicle if you plan on storing your vehicle in a storage unit long term
- Put your clean tires into their own separate plastic bag (preferably an airtight bag) to prevent the tire’s oils from drying and evaporating.
- If you’re placing your tires vertically, place a piece of cardboard between the tires to protect your rims.
Use these tips to keep your tires smooth and functional for this coming spring by storing them with us at Tellus Self Storage.