Storage of your goods whilst renovating is a must. Here are some tips.
Remember to sprinkle some naphthalene flakes among your books and clothing for long term storage
Always pack the items you may need at the front of a storage unit and the large items you will not require at the back
Do not store or wrap anything in plastic as this can cause humidity and mould
Pack heavy items and boxes on the bottom. Nothing should be placed on boxes marked fragile
Use good packing boxes as they are of uniform size, easier to stack and hold the weight
Use specialty designed boxes with foam inserts for frames
Wrap breakables in bubble wrap
Fridges, freezers and other white goods should be clean and dry before storing, with a deodoriser inside for freshness and the door left slightly ajar
Stoves and other cooking equipment should be cleaned thoroughly
Tools should always be cleaned before storage
Remove batteries from all toys and equipment as leaking batteries can cause permanent damage
Stack books flat - not on spines, in small cartons
Computers, televisions and stereos should be packed in its original packaging if available. Otherwise bubble wrap and good quality cartons will suffice. Fill the gaps with the wrap
Plates and crockery should be individually wrapped in white paper. Fill all gaps with scrunched paper and label fragile
Empty wardrobes and drawer units
Wrap furniture in blankets, not plastic
Vacuum and clean upholstery and rugs prior to storage
Wipe chrome and cast iron items with a cloth containing machine oil
Empty mowers and machinery of fuel and oil to avoid leakage and a fire hazard. Place on a piece of cardboard
Store records and CD's on their edge
Other large items wrap with blankets, bubble wrap or packaging materials.
As food attracts vermin, most storage facilities will not allow food items to be stored unless in approved containers. Tupperware appears to be the only approved brand. Check with the facility before making the decision to store food or your insurance may be void.
Computer disks should be stored with a specialised storage company designed to keep them safe and secure
YOU CANNOT STORE IN A STORAGE FACILITY any hazardous materials, combustible materials or aerosols as they have the potential to combust or explode and destroy everything in the warehouse. Examples are acid, gasoline poisons, charcoal, lighter fluid, fertilizer, paint, batteries, matches, nail polish and remover, ammunition, liquid bleach, aerosols, kerosene, pool chemicals, chemistry sets, fireworks, pesticides, motor oil, paint thinner, loaded weapons, weed killer, ammonia, propane tanks or cleaning fluid
Also, if I might add for your future Hub - one of the best boxes available from the grocery are produce boxes but these are NOT storage boxes, they are temporary transfer only. Why? They attract critters.
Hope that help someone from some misery.
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