Safely Packing Your Furniture For Storage Over Winter
Storage units are perfect for keeping seasonal belongings when not in use. This is where you keep your winter belongings in the summer and your summer belongings in the winter. However, before you move your belongings to the storage area, it is important that you pack them well to avoid damage as a result of the elements.
Let’s talk about some of the packing measures that you should take on your furniture before calling your moving guys to transport it to the storage unit.
Clean and polish
Clean every item properly using a piece of cloth and the appropriate cleaning product for the material. Once you have sufficiently cleaned the surfaces, leave the furniture in an open place for some hours to dry completely.
Once everything is nice and dry, apply wax on it to make it difficult for moisture to get in during the humid winter months. This step is very important for wooden surfaces.
Avoid plastic covers
You will need to cover your furniture in the storage unit, but you should make sure that you choose a good material for the cover. Cotton and wool will do a good job. By all means avoid plastic covers because they will trap moisture which will damage your furniture.
Use a climate controlled storage unit
There is normally a lot of moisture in the air during winter months. This moisture can cause undesirable effects on your wood furniture. To be on the safe side, a climate controlled storage unit is best as it ensures that any harsh elements do not have an effect on your storage unit.
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The storage unit may be more expensive, but it could save you the structural integrity and visual appeal of your furniture.
Leave space between the furniture
Good air circulation will ensure that any moisture that is present in the storage unit is cleared and allowed to move freely back into the atmosphere. Don’t be tempted to maximize on the use of space by cramming furniture into every available space in the storage unit. Leaving space also ensures that you have an easy time when you come to retrieve the furniture in spring.
Don’t store anything damp in the storage unit
If you wash the cushions or other fabric parts of your furniture before storing, make sure that they are all thoroughly dried before placing them into the storage unit. If you place dump items in the storage unit you will be increasing the moisture level in the air and this could cause your furniture to start deteriorating.
It’s also important to be extra careful when moving the furniture to the storage unit. You don’t want any spillage in the truck to add moisture to the already dry furniture.
Despite the high humidity in winter months, your furniture doesn’t have to suffer any moisture damage in storage. Move it carefully, follow the tips above and enjoy peace of mind knowing that you will find everything exactly as you left it.