- Place furniture on plastic sheeting or wooden pallets to protect it from moisture and mould.
- If possible disassemble large items of furniture to give you more space in your unit.
- To protect wooden furniture apply a layer of wax prior to storing.
- Apply a layer of polish or oil to metal furniture to prevent rusting or damage to the finish.
- To prevent scratching and denting wrap valuable pieces in bubble wrap, newspaper or blankets.
- Store sofas and chairs the right way up and place furniture covers over them to protect the fabric.
- Place table tops face down to protect them from scratches and to be able to pack your unit tighter.
- Packing electronics into their original boxes with all the accessories.
- Check operator manuals to see if there are any specific storage instructions, this could be the case with computers, televisions and some office machinery.
- Avoid mixing up electronic parts in boxes, it might mean that you are unable to decipher what’s what when unpacking leaving items unusable.
- Individually wrap each item that you are placing in a box for added protection.
- Pack empty spaces in the boxes with newspaper or bubble wrap to keep the box sturdy and prevent your electronics from rattling around, which may cause damage.
- Place them into storage clean to avoid any rot, rust or pests whilst they are packed away.
- Alway keep appliances upright with their doors slightly open to allow air to pass through to avoid musty, damp odours.
- Place any appliance attachments inside the machine, making sure they are clean and dry.
- Wrap any removed glass panels in bubble wrap or corrugated cardboard to protect them from breakages.
- Place your document boxes and files either on shelving or in cabinets to keep them off of the floor and prevent mildew.
- Mildew can also be avoided with the use of airtight containers and will ensure your documents are perfectly preserved.
- Ensure that you have an archiving system to enable easy access to your documents when necessary.
- Keep narrow walkways between shelving or cabinets to ensure their is easy access to files.
- Ensure that you have the correct levels of security in place for the nature of your documentation.
Antiques and Valuables
- Wrap wall art in tissue and raise off the floor to keep it well ventilated. Plastic wrapping will trap moisture and cause damage.
- Cushion paintings by placing cardboard between them and placing wax paper on the surface of the paintings.
- Wrap sculptures and other art items with blankets and sheets and place in boxes with lots of padding.
- Be careful placing canvases against the wall for long periods of time as they may become twisted or distorted.
- Antique furniture should be wrapped in bubble wrap, blanket and sheets to prevent scratching.
- Ensure that all insurance valuations and policies are in place before leaving your valuable items in storage.
- Pack small items in boxes from around the home, shoe boxes are a favourite, ensuring they are well padded.
- Don’t throw away your used gift wrap, shred it and use it as packing material.
- Use egg boxes to store the very small, breakable items.
- Place the most fragile and delicate items on the top of the boxes.
- Wrap your lights around pieces of cardboard to avoid tangling and damage to the bulbs.
- Label your lights and garlands by length of number of lights so that you don’t have to measure or count the lights each time they are unpacked.
Do you have any of these items that you are considering putting into storage?
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