Handling and Storage Guide Lubricants and Greases


Anderol® lubricants have excellent qualities and characteristics, including uniformity, excellent oxidation stability, low evaporation rates, high flash points and wide operating temperature ranges. Anderol adheres to strict cleanliness and quality control policies. Every precaution is taken to prevent the contamination of lubricants from any external impurities and ensure that products are shipped in clean containers.

Anderol® lubricants will provide maximum shelf life and minimum lubrication/mechanical complications when handled and stored correctly and used in the application for which they were designed.
Lubricating oils and greases that are not handled and stored correctly (i.e. exposed to dust, dirt, moisture or extreme temperatures) will quickly deteriorate or become contaminated.

To make sure you’re getting the best out of your lubricant, we’ve put together the following best practice top tips for proper lubrication storage and handling:

  1. Synthetic lubricants should be stored in a clean, dry room maintained at an ambient room temperature of between 50° and 85°Farenheit or 10° and 30°Celcius

  2. Lubricants should not be stored outdoors. However, if they must be stored outdoors (short periods only) they should be stored horizontally so that water cannot collect on the drums. Drums should be positioned several inches about the ground to prevent moisture damage and protected with a waterproof cover.

  3. Containers should be stored so that the product name/labelling is clearly visible to minimize the risk of using the incorrect lubricant.

  4. Before opening a lubricant drum, the head should be inspected for contamination (e.g dirt) and cleaned if required.

  5. Heads, openings and spouts of all lubricant drums, pails and containers should be kept closed at all times to prevent contamination with atmospheric dust, moisture and other impurities.

  6. When lubricants are transferred from drums care should be taken that the dispensing equipment and transporting containers are free from contamination, such as other liquids and dirt.


The general minimum expected shelf-life for greases with consistency grades NLG 0,1 and 2 is three years and one year for NLGI 00.

Storage indoors, out of direct sunlight and in an upright position is recommended for unopened grease containers. Drums, kegs, and pails should be covered to prevent the accumulation of dust, dirt and water on the lid (any contaminants on the lid should be wiped clean before opening). Compressed air should be used to remove the lid. Smaller containers, such as cans or tubes should be stored away from heat and out of direct sunlight. Tubes of grease should be stored upright, with the removable cap at the top, away from heat or direct sunlight. NB If stored for an excessively long period of time or under poor storage conditions, unused lubricating grease can ‘spoil’.

Storage conditions such as warm environments can accelerate the natural tendency for oil to separate from lubricating greases, with some greases more likely to separate than others. Do not pour off the separated oil. The grease may be turned to its original condition by stirring. The situation can be avoided by simply turning the container upside-down once every month while in storage.

Anderol® lubricants have superior qualities and characteristics, including uniformity, excellent oxidation stability, low evaporation rate, high flash point and wide operating temperature range. We also operate strict cleanliness and quality control policies. Therefore, Anderol® lubricants will provide a maximum shelf life and a minimum of lubrication/mechanical complications when handled and stored correctly, and used in the application for which they were designed. The shelf life of a certain product can be found on its MSDS as well.

For more detailed information on storage and handling please get in touch. We have local experts available who can offer help and advice. Please feel free to contact your local distributor or get in touch with us directly.