Packing up all of your wooden, leather, down and fabric furniture can definitely be a stressful task. Especially if they’re valuable, special or just expensive. Here are a few tips on how to store your furniture the right way.
Clean Everything Before Storing Make sure you wipe down, vacuum cushions and just make sure you never put anything into storage if it’s already dirty. This will prevent unwanted odors but more importantly, it prevents the risk of mold and mildew growth.
With wooden/plastic furniture, use a mild soap and water. For wooden objects especially, use a duster or a wood cleaner like Murphy Oil Soap to protect the finish on the wood.
Use a fabric or upholstery cleaner to clean couches and chairs but be sure everything is completely dry before packing up.
Lastly, polish any metal sections with a polishing cloth and metal cleaner. This removes any oxidation and delay the build up of rust or tarnish.
Take Everything Apart Things such as bed frames, desks, bookshelves, tables and more! This just allows easier transportation and much more room to be used within your storage container. Make sure to put screws and bolts in labeled bags or containers.
Wrap Furniture for Long Term Storage Make sure everything is completely covered. Lay down pallets or plastic sheeting to prevent moisture from the floor seeping into your furniture or boxes. If you wrap furniture in thick plastic it may create moisture block, odors, and eventually perhaps swelling. Make sure that you wrap the furniture with old blankets and sheets so it can breathe.
Protect your Glass Items Make sure to take extra precautions with Glass Items. Wrap them in packing paper and be sure not to place tape directly onto the glass or it will leave a sticky residue you’d have to deal with later. Wrapping glass in bubble wrap or putting it into a box will also provide it with extra security.
Don’t Leave Food Behind Never leave anything perishable in the storage unit because you may attract bugs or unwanted critters. Make sure your storage unit is treated with pest control regularly. You can never be too cautious.