Preserving your furniture while it is in long-term storage
12 Nov 2018

Preservation and Long-Term Furniture Storage

Renting a storage unit provides you with the room to keep the furniture you love while removing clutter from your personal living spaces. However, with that said, storing furniture in a storage unit can be a daunting and overwhelming task. You want to ensure the safety of your prized items, and the best way you can do this is by familiarizing yourself with all the steps to preserving your furniture while it is in long-term storage.

Below, we have highlighted the key steps to successfully preparing your furniture and protecting it when in storage.

Clean and Prepare Furniture for Storage

Before you begin, you want to check the basics. Make sure that all repairs have been made to your furniture, thoroughly clean your furniture, clean your storage space, and make sure it is free from water damage or leaks.

Steps to cleaning your furniture:

  • Wipe your pieces of furniture with a clean microfibre cloth.
  • Use the appropriate cleaner for the material of your items (metal, wood, glass, etc.).
  • Wipe down your furniture once more for an added layer of protection.
  • Finally, let the item completely dry in a well-ventilated area.
  • Cover and pack your items for storage.

Disassemble Large Items for more Efficient Storage and Transportation

After cleaning, but before storing your furniture, disassemble large items for more efficient storage and transportation. Since your furniture probably didn’t come to your house in one piece, most of it can quickly be taken apart and put back together.

Take your time in performing this task. Write notes if you have to remind yourself how it goes together, and put any screws, bolts, or any other hardware in a plastic bag and keep it with the furniture it belongs to. Some people think it is a good idea to take the hardware with them for safe keeping, but this is not the case. If you lose the nuts and bolts, you will not be able to accurately reconstruct your furniture.

For items that can’t be taken apart, such as couches or dressers, you can still prep them for transportation by securing any movable elements (i.e., remove doors or couch cushions) and wrapping them in either bubble wrap or blankets to help avoid damage.

Prepare Your Unit

Plastic will be your best friend when preparing your unit for your furniture. Lining the floor of the storage unit with a plastic sheet will perform two tasks:

  1. It will let you easily slide heavy furniture from one end of the unit to the other.
  2. It will protect your furniture from the floor and potential moisture that may come into your unit in the event of flooding and other inclement weather.

Store Strategically

Even if your storage unit is bursting at the seams, make sure that you have a safe way to access the items at the back without climbing over or pulling everything out. It is not safe and will waste valuable time whenever you visit your unit. If your storage unit is reaching the point where you can’t leave a path in and out, then maybe it is time to let go of some of your items or talk to a representative about renting a second unit.

Another thing to think about is how valuable your items are. If you are cramming and jamming items into your unit without a plan, sloppy storing can break and damage your furniture.

Security is Key

Often, storage units are more safe and secure for valuable items than your garage or shed. A rental space will not only protect your furniture from thieves, but it will also help preserve it. Life and family are hard on furniture, and the last thing you want is your husband, partner, or kids smashing the lawnmower into your great-grandmother’s vanity every time they bring it in and out of the garage.

When you store your furniture at Jiffy Self Storage, you get the peace of mind of knowing that your items are kept safe behind a secured gate, in a locked unit, and in a facility carefully monitored by security cameras.

By properly preparing your items for long-term storage, they will be ready for use upon removal, whenever you need them!

If you are interested in renting a storage unit, call Jiffy Self Storage today at (416) 745-4339 or contact us here.

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