Do you need to put your belongings in storage, and are a little worried as to how to protect them? If so, relax. There are five ways you can make sure your belongings do not get damaged in storage, as per the expertise of Bionic Self Storage.
Wrap everything you store in plastic — Leaks are some of the main culprits when it comes to damaged belongings in a storage unit. That is because even the best storage units will occasionally have leaking roofs and it can take a day or two until they are noticed and fixed. This is one reason why plastic should be used to wrap everything you put into storage. This means furniture, boxes, hanging clothes racks — anything that could possibly be damaged by water should be wrapped in plastic before it is put into your storage unit.
Protect wood furniture with a coat of wax — Wax is a wonderful substance when it comes to protecting furniture. Not only will a coat of wax often protect your furniture from damp or a leak, it can also protect it from insects. Rub a coat of wax into all your wooden furniture before putting it into a storage unit, and protect any metal parts with a coating of oil. This will stop them going rusty if they are stored for a long period of time.
Use padding on easily damaged items — Do you own items that can break or shatter easily? If so, make sure you wrap them in padding before placing them in your storage unit.
This includes glassware, pottery, prized antiques, even furniture or accessories that have brittle corners that could easily be damaged. Wrap and tape padding around anything that could get broken. The most fragile things can also be placed in blankets and quilts to give them that extra layer of protection.
Fill boxes to the top — Any boxes you pack should be filled to the top and taped securely shut. This is because a half-filled box easily sags when other boxes are placed on top of it and can then eventually burst open allowing air, moisture, and dust to enter. Completely filled boxes are sturdy and can handle weight being placed on top of them without rupturing.
Put heavy items on the back and the bottom — When you arrive at a storage company near you and start to move your belongings into it, put the lighter items aside and concentrate on the heaviest ones first. When packing your storage unit, you want to be sure the larger heavier items go at the back and the smaller heavier items on the floor. After all, if you are like many people, you may want to go back to the storage unit now and again to collected certain items. When you do, if you have to keep moving heavy objects out of the way to get to lighter ones, this is when damage can often occur. Keep the lighter items easily accessible, however, and it will be simple for you to move them out of the way without causing damage.