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How to extend the lives of your shelving systems

These days, saving money is everything whether at home or for your business. There seems to be too much money spent wasting paper, food and other materials, and when it comes to the shelving systems you use, not taking care of these is yet another waste of money. A few simple and easy solutions can be invested in and undertaken to ensure that every shelving and racking unit in your home, office or warehouse is well looked after, and as such, will last for a long time, saving you money.

Usually shelves and racks are made of steel, wood or plastic. The material that these are made of helps keep them looking good or allows them to deteriorate if they are not cared for properly. Wood, for example, is vulnerable to termites and other boring insects if it is not properly varnished and maintained. Plastic generally stands the test of time well, but storing food items on plastic shelves requires care. Food that comes into contact with non-food safe plastic can be considered contaminated. Steel is one of the best materials but when considering shelving Cape Town or Durban, the humidity and altitude can affect the metal, and thus, the materials stored on it.

When looking for shelving ideas, don’t forget to consider the size of the shelves. Buying one large shelf for all of your needs is a lot more cost-effective in the long run than buying three smaller shelves, but space considerations must be undertaken too. If space is limited, you may not be able to buy shelves in a manner that is cost-effective. In this case, consider the amount of items you need stored in one room. Shelving Johannesburg items in a storage unit when you don’t need them on a daily basis may be a smart choice.

When it comes to shelving solutions, don’t forget that regular maintenance of movable parts, and smaller parts of the larger unit, can help it stay in top shape for the long-term. This means you need to regularly oil, clean and replace hinges, screws and even shelving feet to keep them in good shape, which will have a knock-on effect as far as the unit is concerned. You can find replacement units at shelving stores online or have these made at your offices if you have the necessary tools and shelving steel available.

If you are unable to do the maintenance required when it comes to your steel shelves, seek the advice of experts such as Krost who know all about shelves, the materials from which they are made and how to keep them looking like new.