Compared to other household items like furniture, electronics can be trickier to store. Electronics, such as computers, televisions, stereo equipment, CD players, handheld devices, and more, can be sensitive to water damage or temperature. Here are some things to take into consideration when storing electronics:
Organize Cords and Wires
You don’t want cords or wires to become damaged during storage, and opening a box of tangled wires can be frustrating. Make sure all detachable cords and other attachments are removed from the item. If you are dealing with lots of cords, you’ll thank yourself later for clearly labeling, organizing, and storing them!
Batteries can leak acid and damage an object. Remove all batteries prior to storage and either keep for later use, or dispose of safely at an approved battery-recycling centre.
Get Moisture Out
Moisture is the most damaging thing for electronics. There are a couple steps you can take to keep your electronics safe from moisture.
- Store silica gel packets in with your items. Silica gel comes in small packets and is a dehumidifying agent. It will absorb any excess moisture and keep your electronics safe.
- Do not wrap electronics in plastic. Moisture can get trapped in plastic. It’s still important to keep your electronics free of dust, so wrap electronics in breathable materials like sheets or towels instead.
Foam padding and bubble wrap will help protect electronics. It is also recommended that you hold onto any original packaging, which usually has foam inserts that fit the specific item.
Avoid stacking too many objects heavier items on top of boxes containing electronic items, and make sure all boxes are clearly labeled as “Fragile” when need be.
Boxes directly placed on the floor can lead to water damage or scratches. Consider using wooden pallets to keep boxes elevated and protected.
Control the Temperature
Electronic equipment should always be stored in climate-controlled storage spaces. Cold causes any metal parts to contract, while LCD systems can even freeze during extreme cold conditions.
Heat can cause parts to expand, and warm air contains more moisture, which as we now know, is terrible for electronics.
Back Up Your Data
Even if you take all possible precautions, there’s always a chance something could go wrong. Ensure any important data is backed up on a USB key, or an external hard drive, to prevent loss of any important information.
Hopefully these tips will help you store your electronics safely. For any other questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us today!