Home appliances are notorious for taking up large amounts of space, and they quickly become burdensome when you’ve decommissioned them and no longer want them around. If you have recently upgraded your kitchen and still have your old appliances, or if you have an old washer and dryer that still work, but you no longer need, you can either keep them in storage in your home, or look for a self storage unit.
A self storage unit will allow you to keep unneeded appliances temporarily until you find someone who wants them, or you decide where they are going to go. If you are in the the process of putting your appliances into storage, or you are preparing to do so, here are some tips to help you prepare your appliances for storage.
Run a Wash Cycle
Before you put something like a dishwasher or a washing machine into self storage, it is a good idea to run a wash cycle (with bleach or vinegar instead of detergent) in order to make sure that the appliance is clean before it goes in. If you leave dirt and grime in something like a dishwasher for a long period of time, you might find the dirt and grime hardened and caked on when you go to take the appliance out of storage and donate it, or give it to someone.
Make Sure the Doors Stay Open
Anytime you put an appliance into storage, you should do so with the doors open. If you put something like a dishwasher or washing machine into storage with the doors closed, especially if you have just run a wash cycle prior to putting it away, you are inviting mold and mildew to grow in it, and you don’t want to deal with that when it comes time to take the appliance out again.
Keep Odours from Invading
Anytime you put an appliance into storage you should include a box of baking soda inside it. Baking soda is a well known deodorant, and having a box in your washing machine or dryer will make sure the appliance doesn’t come out of storage smelling like old, dirty water.
Cover Them Up
Always put your appliances into storage with a cover over them. You can cover them with an old sheet or a tarp, just remember that the goal is to make sure they are protected from dust collecting all over them. It will also prevent them from becoming scratched up during the process of loading and unloading. Make sure whatever material you use is breathable, so never use plastic.
Putting appliances away into storage requires a bit of prep work and some common sense. Keep the above tips in mind when putting your appliances into storage or self storage, and ensure that they come out the exact same way they went in.