How to Properly Store Items in Winter
During the wintertime, it’s important to keep your valuables out of the cold and within protected storage units. But if you’re just beginning the process for the first time, you may not understand the best options for winter storage.
Fortunately, there are a number of experts within the marketplace. In this blog, we’ll provide an overview on the winter storage process to help ensure your belongings are protected and available for future use.
Make Sure Soft Materials are Fresh before Placing Them in Storage
Oftentimes, it’s helpful to have find storage space for seasonal clothes that aren’t used during the winter. Summer sports uniforms, t-shirts and running shoes can be safely placed within private storage areas to ensure they remain in peak condition for future summers to come.
It’s important to plan the process effectively. You should always ensure that your clothes are as clean as possible before placing them in storage to prevent unwanted odors from festering while the items are in storage.
You should also place a dryer sheet with the clothes when you put them in storage. This will ensure they’re nice and fresh when you go to retrieve them in a few months’ time.
Remove Moisture from Furniture to Maintain Material
When placing furniture in storage, it’s important to remove any moisture or residue on the surface of the material to help reduce the chances of mold or mildew growth.
On outdoor furniture material such as wood and plastic products, mold growth can lead to erosion over time. Simple cleaning using soap and water can help protect against most forms of surface bacteria.
Before placing the furniture within storage containers, make sure the entire surface is dry. Use the same process for cleaning furniture cushions and ensure the storage facility is able to keep your products moisture-free throughout the winter season.
Ensure your Belongings will Smell Fresh after Storage
It’s not uncommon to take soft fabrics out of storage, only to have them house unpleasant odors. In order to have your items smell the same way coming out of storage as they did going in, store the items with cedar or lavender.
The best option is to store clothes in a cedar chest, but not everybody can afford such lavish problem solving. To get the same results while still saving money, simply slip a few cedar blocks into the pockets of clothing or between the cushions of couches. These can generally be gathered for free from the scrap sections of lumber yards, and will save you a ton in dry-cleaning bills.
Consider the future performance of your home products before you store them for the wintertime. Oftentimes, a simple cleaning process can help maintain that fresh and vibrant appeal ready for summer. To learn more winter storage tips, contact Migson Public Storage directly and speak with one of our experienced specialists!
Posted on January 7, 2015 | Storage Tips