Sometimes you may need to store away your furniture for a while. You might be moving to a new place, or you may no longer have the space to keep all of it. Whatever the reason may be, storage facilities are a great option if you don’t want to get rid of those items. However, there are precautions you should take when storing more delicate pieces of furniture. It might take some work, but these tips are extremely useful in helping to keep your possessions in working order and looking good when you retrieve them.
- First, be sure to make the necessary repairs that need to be made. If any of the furniture is damaged, it is likely to become even more damaged in the process of moving or while stored away.
- Cover your Furniture. Any upholstered or wood furniture you have can be wrapped with plastic wrap or shrink wrap. Wrapping can prevent furniture from rubbing together and help keep insects or animals from burrowing in them. If you don’t have plastic wrap, use blankets, sheets, old curtains, or anything else you can think of to cover. Lining the floor of the storage room with thick plastic sheets helps protect both your furniture and the floor in case any moisture occurs in the unit. Another good idea is to place padding on the edges and corners of your furniture to prevent breakage of other fragile items.
- It may be a good idea to disassemble any wood furniture you have to prevent damage. Wood expands or contracts according to the climate. Remove the legs on tables and chairs, and the headboards and footboards on bed frames. Make sure to keep the screws, nuts, bolts, locks, and keys in a labeled container with the pieces so that when the time comes to put the furniture back together, you aren’t missing anything.
- If wood dries out, it’s more susceptible to cracks. To prevent that from happening, use a wood cleaner to protect the finish. You may then treat your wood furniture with furniture polish, which adds moisture, before storing it. If you can, store dresser drawers and desk drawers separately.
- Before you store your fabric furniture, make sure it is clean by wiping it down or vacuuming it, to be sure there is no dust, mold, or mildew. You can use an antibacterial wipe, one that is safe for fabrics. Make certain your furniture is completely dry before wrapping or putting away.
- Store electronics and televisions in their original packaging. If you put away appliances such as these, it is best to protect them as much as possible from dust, so placing them in their packaging should help.
- Polish metal furnishings made from metals such as brass, nickel, or silver to prevent oxidation. Use a polishing cloth and a metal cleaner to do this. This will get rid of any current oxidation and help in delaying future tarnish.
- If you bunch up your belongings, you run the risk of objects brushing up against each other, which could lead to cracks in wood tables or chairs. Make sure there is plenty of space. Start with the largest items and work from there. Be sure to create an aisle that makes access through the unit easy.
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