Storing Furniture? Tips to Preserve Your Belongings

Many of us Accumulate Much More than we Need!
Once you’ve lived in a home for a while, you’ll find that you’ve amassed items and collections that are not exactly needed on a daily basis. Have you just moved from one home to another, and finding it a tad challenging to decide whether or not to take some of your treasured or not so treasured items to your new home? Instead of having these items take up valuable space in your home or bother you with the inconvenience of where to move them, a storage facility might just come in handy.

What’s There to Store Anyway?
It could be furniture or some valuable antiques that you have no immediate need for; if you are looking to avoid any form of clutter in your home, you need to find a home for these items. Storage is essential if you’ve accumulated a lot of belongings as it gives you the opportunity to keep your most loved things – and not so loved stuff – while freeing up useful space in your home at the same time.

If you find that you won’t be staying in a place for long, you might want to use a long-term storage facility to store your belongings. Whether you are moving abroad for a short-term job or moving into a home for a short period, you might need to get a storage facility where you can keep your furniture and other belongings. Or perhaps you are downsizing to a new home with less space than your previous one. Until you can sort out what finally goes into the new house, furniture storage will be an ideal solution.

So, how do you make sure your belongings are kept safe and in excellent condition while they’ll be in storage?

Repair What Needs to be Repaired Before Storing
Before moving your things into storage, you need to ensure that your furniture is in the best possible condition. Fumigate where necessary and check for parts that need to be fixed or repaired such as securing hinges and tightening screws. During storage, some of the items may be placed on top of one another, and you sure wouldn’t want to see your furniture collapsing due to being unable to withstand extra weight as a result of a loose screw.

Clean Your Furniture and Other Items That Need to be Stored
From your furniture to your rugs and everything else you’ll be storing, a thorough cleaning is advised. It’s necessary that you do couch cleaning and rug cleaning as well. For your rug cleaning, you’ll need to ensure that there is no moisture left in the rug so that it does not become damp, mouldy and discoloured while in storage.

For convenience, consider calling the experts who specialise in mobile rug cleaning to come to your home or storage facility. A professional couch and rug cleaning service will carry out a thorough, expert cleaning of your rug, couch and other belongings. It is crucial that items such as couches and rugs are adequately cleaned and dried before going into storage as to avoid moulds and foul smell.

Disassemble if Possible
Some items such as cabinets, couches and tables should be stored as they are while other furniture such as bed frames should be disassembled so they can be stored easily. Items that can be dismantled before storage will aid the effective utilisation of storage space. Disassembling is also useful for easy transportation of the things you want to store.

Keep Your Furniture Covered
When moving and storing your furniture items, there will be lots of handling and maneuvering which could result in some minor damage such as dents and scratches. To protect your furniture, you should cover them with sheets or wraps. For items that break easily, store them in padded boxes.

If you protect your furniture and belongings adequately, it will remain in good condition when you unpack. If items are placed on top of each other through the time they will be in storage; the padding will help keep your things in good shape.

The fragile items in your belongings should be given extra care. Padded boxes and bubble wraps come in handy for fragile items. Some fragile items include china, antiques, lamp shades and other stuff that looks the part. You can use towels and sheets to serve as additional cushioning.

Stack Carefully
When placing your stuff in storage, you need to have a clear picture of how you will stack your items to ensure their safety. You can store bigger items like bed frames against the walls and place fragile items under tables, so they are well-protected. Take your time to figure out where to put each item and carefully move your things.

Leave Some Wiggle Room
Putting your furniture and other items on top of each other is done to create more storage space. Doing this does not mean you cram everything in without leaving enough breathing space around the items. Let there be space between them, let air flow in-between as well. This will prevent any unpleasant smell when you eventually open up the storage after a while and keep the whole space fresh. This is also important if you’ll often come around to pick a thing or two you might need. You want to make sure you have enough wiggle room to move around the storage space.

Talk to a Storage Specialist
You may not have all the required skills to store your belongings properly. Talk to the team at your storage facility to help you set up your storage facility will go a long way in ensuring that your belongings are properly stored and, in a manner, that best suits you. That way, your mind will be at rest that your things will be kept in the best condition by the experts while you go about your regular business.

Careful preparation is essential to ensure your belongings remain in the condition they entered the storage facility in. Timber and metal furniture are at less risk of deterioration than softer furnishings such as mattresses, couches, curtains and rugs. Softer furnishings absorb more air, and any dirt or bacteria left in the furniture before going into storage can result in mould and discolouration over time. Any soft furnishings should be thoroughly and expertly cleaned by a mobile cleaning service. Drytron Carpet Cleaning use an expert dry-cleaning method which is perfect for soft furnishings. This method has a minimal use of moisture, compared to steam cleaning, which means your belongings will be clean and dry, ready to store in under an hour.

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