Storage Tips to Protect Your Belongings
When we store away our belongings, we expect them to be safe and damage free until the next time they are needed. There are some items that are more susceptible to damage than others. Check out these helpful tips to help protect your belongings.
KEEP ITEMS RAISED A COUPLE INCHES OFF THE GROUND
It is helpful to keep your items elevated off the ground. One easy way to do this is by using open shelving or placing clean pallets on the ground.
STORE A MATTRESS THE RIGHT WAY AND EXTEND IT'S LIFE
A good mattress can be pricey, but can serve you well for several years. It's important to protect this important purchase by purchasing a mattress cover, storing it flat and to never pile or stack objects on top of it.
PROPERLY COVER FURNITURE BEFORE USING SELF-STORAGE
Prep your furniture for storage so they will be in good condition later.
A few suggestions include:
- Wiping off any dust or dirt
- Vacuuming couches/chairs
- Covering pieces with the right material - fragile items with bubble wrap, use covers for armoires, dressers, sofas, tables, and chairs. Do not cover your items too tightly as you may compromise the furniture's breathability. If they're too loose, you lose any protection the cover may offer.
PROPERLY STORE CLOTHING
Wash or launder before storing and store clothing in airtight plastic containers.
DO NOT STORE FOOD INSIDE YOUR STORAGE UNIT
This tip might seem obvious, however, if moving in a hurry, it might get overlooked. Don't leave your entire pantry inside a storage unit expecting no rodent to notice.
Look for food where you might not have intended to leave it. Vacuum or clean out furniture beneath the cushions. Check kitchen storage containers, pots and pans for any crumbs or residual food on the surfaces, thoroughly clean your toaster.
ITEMS THAT MAY ATTRACT INSECTS/RODENTS
- Fresh or packaged foods (especially beans & rice)
- BBQ's - if you are storing your barbeque, make sure you put the grills thru the dishwasher so they are thoroughly clean
- Scented Candles
- Plants, seeds, soil
- Animal Feed/Birdseed
- Fruit Boxes
- Paper items that are not boxed properly (paper needs to be stored in boxes with all sides tightly taped shut)
- Foam furniture, mattresses, pillows (stored foam needs the correct plastic cover and proper sealing)
USE PEST DETERRENTS
You can use conventional bug spray and set mouse traps along the inside walls and near the door.
Riel Park RV & Self Storage uses a monthly external pest control professional service, however, taking extra precautions helps protect your belongings.
VIST YOUR STORAGE UNIT REGULARILY
We recommend visiting your storage unit every other month and inspecting your unit to ensure your belongings are in good order.