When it comes to storing your furniture, our self-storage facilities provide a secure and convenient solution. However, before you place your valuable items in a storage unit, it’s crucial to properly prepare and protect them to ensure their longevity and good condition. In this blog post, we will guide you through the essential steps for preparing your valuables for self storage, so you can have peace of mind knowing your items are well-preserved and packed for long-term storage.
- Clean and Dust: Before placing your goods in self storage, it’s important to clean and dust each item thoroughly. Wipe down surfaces with a gentle cleaner suitable for the specific material, and ensure all dust, dirt, and grime is removed. Cleaning your items not only prevents any stains or odors from setting in but also helps maintain quality during storage.
- Disassemble When Possible: To optimize the use of storage space, consider disassembling larger furniture pieces if possible. Remove table legs, dismantle bed frames, and take apart shelves or drawers. Remember to keep all the screws, bolts, and small parts in labeled bags or containers and tape them securely to the corresponding furniture piece. Disassembling furniture also reduces the risk of damage during transit and allows for better arrangement within the storage unit.
- Protect with Appropriate Covers: Properly covering your valuables is essential for safeguarding them from dust, moisture, and potential scratches. Use high-quality furniture covers, plastic sheets, or specialized mattress bags to shield your items. Avoid using materials like regular plastic wrap, as it can trap moisture and cause condensation, leading to mold or mildew growth. Additionally, consider using padding or moving blankets to protect delicate surfaces or fragile items. We sell a lot of these items on-site!
- Arrange Items Strategically: When loading your items into the storage unit, plan your arrangement strategically to maximize space utilization. Place larger and heavier items first, such as couches or tables, against the walls, leaving the center area for smaller items. Stack furniture vertically wherever possible, making sure to create a stable structure to prevent any toppling or shifting. Leave adequate pathways for easy access to your belongings.
- Maintain Adequate Ventilation: Proper airflow is crucial in a storage unit to prevent moisture buildup and maintain a fresh environment. If possible, avoid stacking items too closely together, allowing air to flow freely around your furniture. Our units are specially designed to have air gaps at the top of the unit to ensure there is airflow and ventilation throughout the building.