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How to protect your valuables when keeping them in self storage

Putting your valuables into self storage is a great way to keep them safe and secure as well as free up some space in your home. The last thing you want however is to find that when it comes to collecting your items, they have become damaged because they weren't stored properly.

 

In order to ensure that your items look as good as they did the day you packed them away, below are some great tips which explain how you can protect your valuables when keeping them in self storage.

 

Furniture

 

Furniture is often very expensive so chances are that you don’t want to find it's unusable when you need it. When storing it away, make sure that all furniture is kept off the ground on something like a wooden pallet. Ensure that you put plastic over the pallet as well as this will prevent moisture and mould reaching your items.

 

Applying wax to wooden furniture beforehand keeps it looking great and having any upholstered furniture cleaned can also preserve it for longer. Covering everything with a dust sheet will prevent it from becoming damaged and also consider rodent repellent as an extra precaution.

 

Electronics

 

Computers, televisions, scanners, photocopy machines, laptops and any other electrical equipment is not only fragile but probably expensive as well. Naturally, you want to ensure that these items are well protected and you can do this in a number of ways.

 

Try to store them in the original box they came in and individually wrap each item in bubble wrap. Not only will this protect them from getting damaged by dust, but if they do happen to get dropped, the packaging should hopefully stop the item from breaking.

 

Appliances

 

The most important thing to do when keeping appliances in self storage is to ensure they're thoroughly washed and dried before you put them away. This will help to prevent build-ups, rot and rust and importantly, it will stop any cooking appliances attracting pests. Also try to leave the doors of the appliances slightly open to allow air to pass through so you're not greeted with a horrible musty smell when you want to use it again.

 

Paperwork

 

Many of us wrongly assume that it's easy to store paperwork because you simply put it in a box and forget about it. Unfortunately however, paperwork can actually be very hard to preserve and if it isn’t stored properly, the ink can fade and pests can get to it.

 

In order to avoid this happening, think about climate control. This is useful for managing humidity (when it's too humid, mildew can occur.) A constant and moderate temperature will help to preserve your documents as will an airtight container.

 

Keep boxes off the floor and consider keeping any papers in a filing cabinet as this offers an extra layer of protection. The added benefit of this is that you will easily be able to locate particular documents as and when you need them.

 

If you’re looking for self storage facilities in Cornwall, please feel free to contact M Store and we will be more than happy to help.