How To Prepare Your Furniture For Storage (Protect Against Moisture, Dust, Rodents, Etc)
Moving to a new home with furniture can be quite challenging, stressful and hectic. With the right preparation, you can move successfully with your furniture. However, choosing a reliable storage company to keep your furniture is also a factor that you should consider especially if moving to a far distance to stay for a short period. One of the concerns that you can have as you prepare for a move is the possibility of finding your furniture in the right condition when you come back for them. As such, before you get your furniture to a storage, it is advisable that you prepare them.
This article provides a comprehensive overview on how to prepare your furniture for storage.
Clean the furniture
The first step to preparing your furniture for storage would be to clean them before you can leave them in any storage. Start by wiping the reachable surfaces of the furniture to remove any dust and other kinds of dirt before you use detergents/cleaning solutions for thorough cleaning. Ensure that you use the appropriate cleaners for different materials of your furniture –metal, wood, leather, glass, and so on.
Disassemble your furniture
Disassembling the furniture before leaving them in a storage facility makes it easy to transport them. In addition, it is a great way to ensure that the furniture take as little space as possible. A simple way to do this would be to remove any dressers and drawers from your beds, and cushions from your sofa sets, and ensure that the tables’ legs and tops have been dismantled.
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Cover the furniture pieces
After you are through with the first steps of preparing your furniture –cleaning and disassembling, the next step should be to cover them. You do not want a case where you come back for them only to find it hard to locate your furniture because of dust, cobwebs and filth. Make sure that you choose well your covers and tools. Usually, bubble wrapping is the ideal way to cover any pieces of furniture especially the ones that can break easily.
Avoid using plastic wrappers on fabric and wooden furniture since such material will prevent air circulation. They could also cause the furniture to sweat thus resulting to damages. The ideal material for any type of furniture covers would be blankets and fibber sheets –they are suitable for keeping dust away from the furniture as well as making sure that your furniture is aerated. Seek the ideal wrapping materials from your local moving company.
Keep the furniture dry
It is important to leave your furniture dry as you plan to leave them in storage. As such, you should dry all the furniture pieces after you have cleaned them, and before wrapping them for storage. This ensures that the pieces do not rust or rot away.
The amount of space that you need for storing your furniture depends on how you organize the furniture for storage. Storing them strategically will ensure that you maximize your available space. Have a clear plan of storing the furniture as opposed to jamming and cramming them. Get your moving company to help you prepare and store your furniture.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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