7 Ways to Avoid Damage to Stored Furniture
Placing furniture in a storage unit is a good way to keep belongings safe until you are ready to use and/ or sell them. But, to keep furniture safe while in storage you need to know how to prepare it for those conditions. Use the ideas below as a guide to protect mattresses, dining room tables and chairs, and other valuables while in storage.
Choose a climate controlled unit- Not all storage facilities are created equal. Besides obvious factors like location, price and hours of operation, make sure to find a facility with climate control. Although facilities charge a little more for climate control, it will prevent the growth of mold, dust stains and musty odors. It’s worth it if you want to keep furniture in good condition.
Clean and dry furniture before storing – Dust, dirt and moisture left on furniture will turn into mildew and mold after a period of time. Pinterest and other websites offer great ideas and tips on how to clean furniture. NOTE: Leather and other delicate fabrics should be professionally cleaned.
Mark and store mirrors, glass and other fragile items carefully – Be aware of breakable items. To prevent damage, use bubble wrap. For furniture with glass, take the glass out and place cardboard on both sides then put it back in its place. Computers, TV’s and other accessories are best stored in their original box.
Remove drawers, light bulbs and disassemble furniture – Items taken apart will be easier to store. Keep all screws, nuts and bolts in a plastic bag and tape them underneath the furniture so you don’t lose them.
Place furniture on sheets or wooden pallets – Plastic sheets placed on concrete floors keep moisture out; this will help protect your furniture. Hardware stores sell plastic sheets (like the kind used as a vapor barrier in construction projects). If you can’t find plastic sheets, place your furniture on wooden pallets. This will allow the furniture to ‘breath.’ You could also try putting furniture on tool benches.
Store items strategically – Heavy items should be put in the unit first so they’re on the bottom. Couches and chairs should have something protecting them from items scratching or ripping their fabric. Mirrors and other narrow items should be placed in between mattresses with plenty of cushion, and soft or light items should be placed on top. Use common sense while packing furniture in a storage unit.
Buy insurance for high end, expensive furniture – Call your insurance company and request a quote for protection on furniture within your storage unit. Storage units offer little to no insurance, so it’s up to you to find a way to insure valuables.
Preparation is key to ensuring your furniture stays in good condition while in storage. Without any preparation mold, mildew, dust, dirt and other creepy crawly things will damage your belongings. These prep tips will help your storage process go smoothly so you can enjoy your furniture again one day!
This post is provided by Transit Systems Inc, one of the nation’s top long distance moving companies.