Public self-storage facilities are growing in popularity these days. Many homeowners prefer to store items from their houses somewhere else to increase living space. But what types of items can you store long-terms in these leased spaces?
Most household goods, except edible and perishable items, may be stored long-term. However, you must pay attention to the storage condition of the items and what things would likely cause them damage or deterioration.
There are a few things that can damage household goods you store:
1. Moisture or humidity
Moisture can encourage the growth of molds and mildews. It can also promote rusting. Storing in an enclosed environment doesn’t really keep out moisture or humidity. What you should actually do is allow proper air circulation. Also, don’t forget to clean and dry items before storing.
Extreme heat or cold can also damage items like power tools and electronics if stored in outdoor units. Your best bet is to choose climate-controlled, indoor storage.
Dust can accumulate even in enclosed spaces. So, be sure to keep clothes, books, tools, appliances and mattresses protected with a draping sheet or blanket.
4. Insects and rodents
These living creatures are attracted to food, so be sure not to store edible stuff and to keep the storage unit clean at all times.
If you’re storing any of the items mentioned below, check out some tips in keeping them in good condition.
Metal objects including tools, metal furniture and bicycles
Metal items are prone to rusting. It is recommended to clean and dry them thoroughly then rub or coat them lightly with oil to prevent rusting or corrosion. For power tools, lubricate key joints and moving parts and store them in the original case they were purchased in. You might also like to consider a low-humidity storage unit.
Paper and Books
To keep these items away from dust, store them in small boxes sealed with packaging tape. Don’t put the books in the boxes on their spines. It is better to put them flat.
Use wardrobe boxes and hang clean, dry clothes. This is preferred over folding and stacking because it allows air to circulate and reduces the growth of mold and mildew on your clothes.
Clean and dry wood furniture and wipe with furniture polish. Cover with drape sheets to prevent dust accumulation. Don’t use plastic sheets which can trap moisture.
Electronic items can be damaged due to shifts in extreme hot and cold temperatures causing expansion and contraction of wirings. For safety, it is better to choose a unit that is temperature-controlled.
Refrigerators and Freezers
Be sure to defrost, clean and dry refrigerators and freezers prior to storage. Leave the door partially open to prevent moisture buildup, which can cause problems in the unit’s structural integrity and growth of molds and mildew.
Just keep these tips in mind whenever you put your household goods in storage for a long time. If you choose us here at Fragile, you’ll be happy to come back and see all your stuff still in good condition.