When you have furniture you want to keep but don't have room for in your home right now, renting a storage unit is a great alternative. A storage unit can allow you to keep your furniture safe until you have room in your home or need to use the furniture again. But you need to be careful to protect your furniture while it is in storage to ensure it is still good when you retrieve it later.
1. Rent a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit
First, you need to make sure you rent the right type of storage unit. When it comes to storing furniture, you should rent a climate-controlled storage unit.
With a climate controlled storage unit, the temperature and humidity is controlled and kept at the same level throughout the year with thermostats, HVAC systems, and dehumidifiers. With this control, you can avoid extreme heat and moisture that could damage your furniture.
A temperature controlled storage unit protects your furniture from developing mold and rot, both of which can occur when your furniture is stored in a wet or humid unit. A temperature controlled storage unit can also protect your furniture against cracking, which can occur with extreme temperature and humidity fluctuations.
2. Put Pallets on the Floor of the Storage Units
Second, even in a climate controlled storage unit, the floor can hold in moisture and water can potentially leak under the door of the storage unit. Condensation on the floor can warp the legs of your furniture and lead to mold.
The best way to prevent the legs of your furniture from getting damaged is to elevate your furniture and not place it directly on the ground. Cover the floor of your storage unit with pallets, and set a tarp on top of the pallets. The tarp will further stop any moisture from getting to your furniture.
3. Clean Your Furniture Before Storing It
Third, clean your furniture before putting it in storage. Storing furniture when it's dirty can compromise the quality of your furniture. Food crumbs can attract insects to your unit, and stains can become set in place when left untreated in storage.
For wood furniture, dust it first with a soft cloth or feather duster to remove any dust sitting on your furniture. For any stains on your wood furniture, use a towel dipped in water and soap to remove the stain, and then immediately dry the area with a soft cloth. Finally, use wood polish to protect the finish on your wood furniture.
For upholstered and cloth furniture, remove all the cushions and be sure to vacuum in all the nooks and crannies. Use a steam cleaner to clean the cloth part of your furniture.
For leather furniture, use a mixture of half vinegar and water to clean it. Wipe the leather down with the mixture and then allow the furniture to completely dry. Then apply a leather conditioner.
Cleaning your furniture before you put it in storage will preserve the quality of your pieces. Allow your furniture to completely dry from the cleaning process before moving it into storage.
4. Take Your Furniture Apart
If your furniture can come apart, take it apart before putting it into storage. For example, with a dining room table, you can sometimes take the legs off and separate the leaves of the table.
Taking apart larger pieces and breaking them up into smaller pieces will allow you to more easily transport, store, and protect your furniture.
5. Protect Your Furniture
Protecting furniture in storage is tricky. You want to cover up your furniture so that it doesn't get dusty and dirty during its time in storage.
But you need to make sure that you use the right type of covering for your furniture. For wood furniture, wrap it up with bubble wrap. For upholstered and leather items, put sheets, old blankets, or furniture covers over them.
Do not place plastic sheets or traps over your upholstered and leather furniture; plastic traps moisture, which can lead to your furniture developing a musty smell and even getting moldy.
Our team at Secured Self Storage can help you find the right-sized climate controlled storage unit to keep your furniture safe until you need it again. Call us today for more information.