How to Protect Your Furniture When Moving it to a Self-Storage Unit

A self-storage unit is a lifesaver when you need storage space. Perhaps you have a family heirloom to save for future generations. Or maybe you’re temporarily living in a smaller home, and want to keep your old furniture. No matter the reason, self-storage can provide the space you need. Here are some tips to help protect your furniture during storage.

1. Preparing Fabrics

Cleaning fabrics help protect against mildew and mold. Sofas and chairs covered with fabric and mattresses are most likely to need this protection. An antibacterial cleaner should provide the protection you need.

Depending on product directions, you will spray or wipe the furniture surface with the cleaner. Do this at least a few hours before storing the furniture so the cleaner can completely dry. Cover the furniture with thick blankets or padded covers for further protection.

If you don’t want to purchase a cleaner, then you can make your own antibacterial spray.

2. Leather Furniture

Never apply plastic shrink wrap directly to a leather item. Wrapping a leather sofa or leather chair with plastic can trap moisture. It can also result in mold and mildew. Instead, wrap the leather in blankets to protect from dirt, scuffs, and scratches. After the blankets are in place, you can then secure them with plastic wrap.

3. Storing Wooden Furniture

First, clean and wax your wooden pieces. The moisture will help protect the wood from the heat and cold. This is especially important if the storage unit isn’t climate controlled. It’s also best to dissemble wooden furniture when possible.

Disassembling items reduces the chances of damage. For instance, it’s easier to store a wooden table if you remove its legs safely. You can also remove chair legs, and detach headboards and footboards from bed frames. Make sure to store screws and extra parts in labeled plastic freezer bags for easy reassembly.

To further protect wood, cover with a blanket or cloth. This will keep dust and dirt at bay. And place wooden items away from the door. Items farthest from the door are less likely to receive damage should water seep into the unit.

4. Protection from Critters

In addition to the elements, critters can pose a problem as well. Shrink wrap or plastic wrap can serve as a protective layer for stored furniture. A secure layer of protective wrap will keep rats and wood-burrowing insects away from your furniture.

5. Securing the Storage Unit

Moisture-proofing the storage unit provides an extra layer of protection. This step is possibly unnecessary if the unit is climate-controlled and well-insulated. But if the storage unit is in a location that’s often foggy, you’ll want a vapor barrier.

Create a barrier by covering the floor of the unit with plastic sheeting or a tarp. After the barrier is secure, carefully move your belongings into the unit.

The steps mentioned here will help protect your furniture from critters, moisture, mold, mildew, and stains, for both residential and commercial moving and storage. Check out this website for more helpful storage tips.

Secrets of Loading a Moving Truck Like a Professional

Unless you’re in the moving business, packing personal belongings into a truck or van isn’t something you do every day. So using professional methods is a good idea, especially if you’re shipping furniture cross country. One thing you don’t want to do is start stuffing items of dissimilar size and weight haphazardly in the truck, with no thought given to efficient space usage. Taking a more logical and systematic approach to this task should result in a lot less aggravation, and minimize the possibility of your possessions being damaged en route.

The following list of timely tips represent the orderly sequence that most professional movers use to load a truck:

1. Pack Uniform Boxes & Containers

Start by packing all small and semi-fragile items in solid, sturdy moving boxes of the same size, to make stacking them in the truck a lot easier. Try to avoid any containers that will leave gaps, such as trash cans and plastic bins. Prepare the packed boxes for loading by separating them according to weight and marking them accordingly.

2. Load Heavy Items First

The first things to go into the back of the truck are heavy, bulky items like furniture and appliances. Removing space inhibitors, like table legs, will help a lot. Longer items like mattresses, carpets, and sofas need to be lined up against the sides. Having the heavy articles located in the middle of the truck’s wheelbase will stabilize the load, and make handling more predictable.

3. Load Your Boxes

Next to load the heavy stuff should be the aforementioned packed boxes. Make certain they are fitted tightly – floor to ceiling, and side to side. The heaviest of your weight-separated boxes should naturally go on the bottom, with the lightest ones on top.

4. Add Lightweight & Irregular Items

The last things to load will be odd-shaped and light-weight articles that aren’t fragile. Finding the right spot for these might pose a challenge, but keep in mind any left-over gaps can be filled with anything soft and flexible, like pillows, blankets, and towels. Properly arranged, they can act as excellent buffers and space fillers.

5. Make Sure Everything is Secured

Once everything is onboard the truck, check for any excessive side movement in the packing and tug on your hold-down straps one last time, before locking the ramp and backdoors.

Additional Tips

  • Keep anything super-fragile, liquid, or perishable out of the truck entirely, and plan on putting them in your vehicle, nicely wrapped and secured, of course.
  • All furniture and anything with sharp edges should be wrapped with blanket pads or their equivalent. Pay particular attention to glass items such as mirrors and paintings. One of the best ways to keep them from breaking is to create a protective wooden cross frame, isolated and suspended in packing material that prevents any side impacts from cracking the glass. This may seem like a lot of bother, but not if you happen to be superstitious, or just don’t like cleaning up glass shards!

Moving day doesn’t necessarily have to be a major hassle if you plan, and have lots of extra help. Just knowing that everything you own is safe and secured for the trip, literally allows you to move on to the next exciting chapter of your life! For additional moving tips, check out this website!