Furniture is one of the most frequently stored items in storage units, but can also be one of the most challenging to know how to store correctly. Protect your valuable belongings by following these five tips.
- Clean Items Thoroughly Before Placing Them in Storage
Ensuring that each item you place in your storage unit is squeaky clean will reduce dust, minimize unpleasant odors, and prevent damage to your items. Wooden or plastic furniture such as tables and chairs can be cleaned with specific wood cleaners that preserve the finish, and upholstered items such as sofas and cushions can be freshened up with a fabric or upholstery cleaner. Make sure you let your furniture completely dry after cleaning.
- Choose the Right Size of Storage Unit
The amount of furniture that a college student moving away from their dorm for the summer will have to store is drastically different than the amount that a family of six that’s in-between houses will need. Once you have a good sense of how many items you’ll be looking to pack up and place in storage, look at the sizes of storage units available near you and choose one that has enough space for everything. Trying to cram everything into a too-small space will feel disorganized and increases the risk that something will get damaged.
- Keep Large Items Off the Floor
It’s unlikely to occur, but if your storage unit were to flood, your furniture would likely suffer significant water damage. Protect against this risk by raising your furniture and boxes off the floor by way of pallets or cinder blocks. If you don’t have wood pallets available, even pieces of cardboard or a sheet laid on top of the floor can be beneficial.
- Avoid Trying to Store Any Perishable Items
When you’re placing belongings in a storage unit, stick to non-perishable items such as furniture, decor, and clothes. Any type of food or plants should be strictly avoided since these items could rot, grow mold, or attract pests, which poses a contamination risk to the entire unit. Avoid using cardboard boxes that came from a grocery store.
- Use Proper Packing Techniques
Especially with large items like furniture, proper packing techniques can be a huge factor in preventing scratches, nicks, or other damage. Use plush, breathable materials such as blankets or sheets to wrap furniture securely– avoid thick plastic as this can cause moisture build-up. Mirrors, picture frames, and other fragile items should be wrapped in thick packing paper or bubble wrap and cushioned on every side to avoid shifting during transport.
Self Storage Units in Cedar City, Utah
Whether you’re needing to store furniture, clothing, antiques, documents, a boat, or just about anything else, Airtight Storage is your one-stop-shop solution. With facilities in Cedar City, Utah, and Enoch, Utah, we’re equipped to handle all of your storage needs, with storage containers available for personal storage use as well as safe and secure outdoor storage lots for boats, RVs, ATVs, and other vehicles.
At Airtight Storage, we pride ourselves on offering top-of-the-line security measures to each of our customers, including 24/7 video surveillance, high barbed wire fences, keypad gate entry, and onsite personnel. When you store your belongings at our facilities, you can feel confident in the safety and security of each of your items. Contact us today for more information.