When it comes to packing up your house or garage, there are some best practices that you should follow. If you follow the guidelines presented in this blog post then you will not only maximise your space and as result reduce your storage costs, but you will also help to prevent any damage occurring to your possessions. Here are some handy hints from the Self Storage Southampton UK team on how you can pack effectively before placing your items into self storage.
Electronics & Gadgets
Your gadgets and electronics are at risk most from water damage and rust. Even small amounts of moisture can damage them.
We recommend that you wrap up your items in bubble wrap and then also place some of those small desiccant packages in there too – this will help to absorb any moisture and will reduce the chances of damage.
Glass and Mirrors
Most people tend to wrap their glass-ware in newspaper. This isn’t a bad thing, and is recommended. However, newspaper can leave imprints on the glass which are then a real pain to remove. Wrap any glass objects or mirrors in plain paper to avoid this irritating nuisance. If you also use bubble wrap which we also recommend, make sure that the bubbles are always set to face outwards. This will also mean no marks are left on the items.
Metal and Silvers
Reduce the risk of rusting and corrosion by cleaning metal and silver items before you pack them. They will need to be cleaned thoroughly and polished. In terms of storing and packing it is recommended to place items like this in flannel bags. Do a Google search for something call Pacific Silvercloth – this is the best type of flannel and is designed to help with silver and metal storage.
Never easy things to wrap or send off to storage, but there are still ways in which you can store appliances better. Clean them out, drain any fluids from them, clean up the rear coils, and let the appliance air for at least 48 hours before packing – do this by leaving the doors open on refrigerators and washing machines alike. This will mean you reduce the risk of mildew developing whilst your appliances are held in storage.
Please make sure that you keep coming back to the Self Storage Southampton blog. We will be posting more hints and tips on how to get the best from self storage solutions in Hampshire.