Tips for Storage of Larger Items

For storage “outside the box”, Lock Tite Storage is your best choice in Flat Rock, MI. We offer competitive prices and our experienced staff can help you evaluate how much of space you may need for your possessions. Check out the points we have mentioned about your larger item
storage requirements.  

Make Your Larger Items Secure   

Large appliances must be prepared correctly for proper storage: 

  • Defrost refrigerators and freezers thoroughly to avoid water damage and mildew growth. Drain washing machines and tie down hoses and cords before storing them.
  • It’s a good idea to wipe down the inside of appliances with baking soda before you store them to keep them dry.
  • Tie down the appliance doors during transport, but leave them slightly ajar once in storage. 
  • When storing a vacuum cleaner, clean out the bag or canister first; bacteria mold and vermin can accumulate otherwise.
  • When storing an oven as well as a refrigerator, enclose the exposed back area of the appliances to prevent vermin.
  • If you plan to store clothes, think about investing in a wardrobe box with a built-in hanging rod.
  • Wrap mirrors and pictures in protective covering such as bubble wrap and mark them as “Fragile.” Cardboard corners can be purchased to protect the sharpest, weakest areas of frames.
  • Separate lamp bases and lampshades and wrap them for protection.
  • If you're storing upholstered products such as mattresses and sofas, consider investing in covers, bags or sheeting for additional protection. Storage and moving facilities often sell large heavy-duty bags for this purpose.
  • Vacuum-sealed bags work really well for draperies, bedding and clothing.
  • Electrical equipment such as TVs, stereos and computers should be packed in their original boxes whenever possible. If using other boxes, choose ones that are as close in size to the original as possible and fill all gaps with paper. Make sure you secure the player arm of a record player
    and turntable.
  • Disassemble furniture such as beds and tables before you store them. Wrap and cover the separate sections, clearly mark them and keep them together. Keep assembly components such as screws and bolts together in a plastic bag, mark them clearly and tape the bag to the appropriate piece of furniture. Cover chair legs with bubble wrap or rags for extra protection.
  • Spray your wood furniture with a good quality furniture polish before storing it to give it some
    added protection.
  • Treat leather items with a leather conditioner before you store them.
  • Wipe down metal objects and tools with a little oil before storing them to avoid rust formation that can occur when the tools are not used regularly.
  • Break down furniture into smaller pieces, if possible. Take the legs off of tables, disassemble bed frames and lean them against the wall, etc.
  • Cover furniture with sheets or tarps to protect them against scratches, dust and other damage.
  • Store the large pieces of furniture vertically to save space in the storage space. Stand sofas on end when possible.
  • If you have room to store a sofa flat, then a loveseat can be placed upside down on top of the sofa and a table stacked on top of that.
  • Chairs can be stacked seat to seat.
  • In most cases, you can stack dryers on top of washers.
  • Stack the shelves of bookcases with books, small boxes and other odds and ends.
  • Store the boxes containing fragile goods inside of wardrobes.
  • Store the pillows, blankets and other bedding inside washers and dryers.
  • Store your clothes inside dresser drawers.

You may be thinking that all this planning, preparing and setting-up your self-storage unit may seem like a big project. You’ll find the time and effort are worth it, though, when you discover the peace of mind that comes with knowing your belongings are protected, conveniently accessible and

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