Storage units are helpful for many reasons. They are the ideal place to store extra items you need more room for, whether you are planning to move soon or running out of extra space at your house. But, as you plan to put items into a storage unit, you want to ensure they will stay secure and in good condition once packed.

It's essential, therefore, to clean most items before putting them into your storage unit. Learn why cleaning items before storage is important from the Airtight Storage Professionals.

Why Cleaning Items First is Important

While cleaning your belongings might seem like an extra or unnecessary step in the storage process, it's really an essential one. If your items are already dirty, grimy, or wet when you put them away, this can lead to further problems down the line. Your objects will be more likely to get moldy, stain, or wear down. But, if they are clean and dry, you'll ensure everything is ready when you need it next.

Vital Items to Clean

While it's vital to ensure that all of your items are clean when you put them into a storage unit, some items need a bit more extra care and attention. This mainly applies to more valuable objects such as furniture and appliances. Some specific things to clean thoroughly before storing include:

  • Washers and dryers
  • Refrigerators
  • Leather furniture
  • Upholstered furniture
  • Antique items
  • Wooden furniture

Be sure to clean these items using safe cleaners and methods. Generally, it's better to use a gentle approach. Different items require different care, too. Be sure you’re cleaning each item properly so as not to damage them before storing them.

Other Ways to Prepare Items for Storage

Along with cleaning items before putting them away, there are a few more steps you can take to get your belongings ready to store, such as:

  1. Create your own inventory list: With a list of what you've put in your storage container, you will keep track of where everything is and where you've each item.
  2. Label boxes: If you're putting boxes into the container, ensure you label everything so you can easily find things in the future.
  3. Secure valuables with bubble wrap or blankets: When putting valuable or breakable items into the storage unit, ensure they are wrapped up securely.

Your Storage and Moving Experts

Do you want to ensure all your belongings are safe and secure when stored away? At Airtight Storage, we guarantee your items are kept mouseproof, waterproof, and dustproof. With our commitment to keeping your belongings safe with our storage solutions, you'll get peace of mind at affordable prices. Contact us today to learn more.

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