• How To Safely Store Your Treasures

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  • Whether it's your clothes, fridge or even your mattress - make sure you know how to best store your treasures.

    It’s worth taking a moment to stop and think before you throw everything into secure storage and pull down the roller door. Specific items have packing and stacking requirements, they need additional love and care, particularly when it comes to long-term storage

    The experts at Kent have provided an overview of some of the most commonly stored (and incorrectly packed) items below. Follow these tips to ensure that your clothes, fridge, mattress, whitegoods, and even your couch looks just as good on the day you pick it up, as on the day it went into storage.

     


    Plastic Tubs For Clothes

    Always ensure that you wash your clothes thoroughly before placing them into storage. If you store dirty, smelly clothes, be prepared that these smells and any stains are likely to settle into your clothing, and be almost impossible to remove. 

    While high quality moving boxes are a great storage tool for most your belongings they, unfortunately, just don’t cut the mustard when it comes to keeping your clothing in top notch condition. The best storage container for clothes is a plastic tub with a snap-lock lid. A plastic tub will protect your clothes from harmful elements and it also makes it easier to tell which clothes are where. Take a look at How to Pack Clothes for Storage for more information.

     

     


    Always Leave Your Fridge Door Open

    It’s logical to think that you should keep your fridge door closed while it is in storage. In reality, this is possibly the worst move to make for the longevity and integrity of your fridge. The seals on fridges mean that when the door is closed, no air gets inside. No airflow equals foul smells, and even a build-up of mould and mildew by the time it comes to collecting your fridge. Propping the door open will help with circulation. If you’re storing your fridge long-term, you may even want to remove the fridge door completely. For more details, check out How to Storage a Refrigerator

    Make Sure Whitegoods Are Completely Dry 

    Make sure that delicate items, such as artwork, photos, books and wooden and leather furniture are wrapped to protect them for the harsh environment of a storage space. Dust, pests and temperature fluctuations can ruin these times unless you take proper precautions. 

    You need to give your whitegoods a thorough clean before you store them. But, more importantly, you must make sure that they are completely dry before you close that door. Damp machines in storage spaces are great at building up mould and mildew.


    Always Lay A Mattress Flat

    You may think that storing your mattress on its side or end is a great way to save space. It is. Unfortunately, it’s also a great way to damage the internal spring structure of your mattress. So only ever store your mattress in its natural position. In addition, it’s never a good idea to place items on top of your mattress whilst it’s in storage (unless these items are particularly light, such as doonas and bedding). Once again, heavy items can damage the springs within your mattress. 

    Wrap and Treat Your Couches 

    If you have wooden or leather furniture, it’s always a good idea to treat them before you place them into storage. This will help to protect the leather and wood against damage by moisture. You also need to ensure they are wrapped or you may find them covered in dust or pests. Leather couches can be wrapped in breathable plastic wrap but you have to wrap your wooden furniture with sheets before you apply the plastic. If plastic comes in direct contact with wood it can cause the wood to shrink and warp. For further details, take a look at How to Store a Couch.