How to Pack Items for Storage

One of the most important things to keep in mind if you're going to store items in a self-storage facility is to protect these through adequate packing. There are different ways of packing, and choosing the right one will depend on the nature of the item to be packed. Among the most common items that people send to storage are furniture pieces, glass items, automated tools, and clothes.

Clothes

Let’s start first with the most delicate items, your clothes. Clothes and other fabrics are very vulnerable to extreme temperature changes and dust. When exposed to a moist or humid area, mildew can grow and cause extensive damage when left untreated for a long period of time. Clothes should therefore be kept in a climate controlled storage unit with a dehumidifier, and are best stored in large garment bags or airtight plastic containers.

Furniture

If possible, disassemble your furniture to reduce the amount of space they’ll take up. Pack each piece with bubble wrap and make sure that all parts are placed inside the same container or box. If your furniture item is too large or cannot be disassembled, you should wrap them with large layers of plastic, and use bubble wrap to protect finished surfaces from scratching or chipping. Wooden surfaces will also benefit from a quick coating job to keep the wood from deteriorating.

Glass Items

Glass items such as lamps and mirrors should be packed in alternating layers of paper and bubble wrap. Make sure to pack these tightly to avoid any possibility of the item slipping out of its packing material. You should also allocate a specific area in your storage space to keep these fragile items rather than stacking them together with all the other things.

Automated Tools and Machinery

If you’re planning to store automated tools and machines such as your lawn mower, floor buffer or snow melting machine, the first thing that you should do is to drain all fuel from these machines. Fuel poses a threat to your other stored items and unused volumes that are left in the machines for a long period can end up corroding the engines. Sharp blades and edges should also be properly covered with cardboard material, and if possible, removed from the machine and stored in a dry container.

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