Are you looking to rent a self-storage unit and move some of your belongings out of your home? If so, it is not as simple as just putting your items in boxes until you need them again. Here are some tips for taking care of some of your items before they go into your new storage unit.
The problem with storing leather-covered furniture, such as a couch, is that the leather can experience mold growth while in storage. This is more common in a unit that is not climate controlled, but it can happen anywhere.
The main thing you'll want to do is clean the material and allow it to dry completely before putting it into storage. You should protect the material from dust by covering it, but make sure the material is breathable. Do not use plastic that can trap moisture. Instead, use a fabric sheet so that the leather can get circulation.
The risk of storing wood furniture is that the material can dry out and crack from being in a dry storage environment. One way to protect the wood is by applying a wax-based furniture polish to the wood prior to putting it into storage. Once again, avoid covering the wood with plastic and stick to using fabric. Wood also needs to breath and can benefit from the air circulation in the unit.
Moisture can potentially damage electronic devices that are put into self-storage without doing anything to protect them. Thankfully, there is a way to fight moisture while the device is stored away.Do you remember those packets that come with most electronics that have the warning to not eat them? Those packets have silica gel inside them, and they work by absorbing moisture. In fact, silica gel is capable of reducing humidity in a closed box by 40 percent. This should be enough to protect electronics while they are stored away, even in a unit without climate controls.
Chances are that you have a lot of books taking up room on a shelf somewhere in your home. Free up the space by putting them into storage until you need them again.The trick to storing books is to keep them away from moisture. Avoid placing boxes of books directly onto the floor where moisture will be high and place them in a plastic bag if you can. This will protect against moisture and dust — the two things known to damage a book.
o not make the mistake of leaving a refrigerator in storage with the door closed. It will cause the inside of the appliance to smell musty when you finally take it out of storage. Instead, prop the door open so air can circulate inside the refrigerator.You'll also want to thoroughly clean the refrigerator so there is no water inside. Water that is left to sit in the refrigerator can cause mold to form while the appliance is stored away.
These are the items that you will most likely be retrieving from your self-storage unit each year. The main thing to keep in mind is that they need to be stored close to the front of the storage unit so they are easily accessible. One creative tip for small seasonal items, like ornaments for a Christmas tree, is to store them in egg cartons. They have enough padding to protect the item, and they make it easy to find the item when everything needs to come out of storage. These are just a few tips to store some common items in self storage. Once you know what you want to put into storage, A-All Mini Storage can help you find a unit that is the right size to meet your needs.