Here are some valuable tips to help you to get the most out of your storage unit:
First and foremost come in and check your Unit a few times a month ESPECIALLY during the humid months. This helps air out your Unit a bit. Since we are not a climate control facility, if your items are not aired out and packed properly mold and mildew can become an issue. It is your responsibility to take measures to make sure this doesn't become a problem.
Always remember these are not climate control units so if your items, clothing, furniture, etc. are NOT packed properly it is possible for them to retain moisture and mildew. And as hard as we try, by having pest control around our facility, we can't control what your storage neighbor may have in their unit that may welcome mice and other pests, so we encourage our customers to use items they feel safe using in their own units that will discourage mice and pests from traveling into their units as well.
Appliances: Make sure all refrigerators and freezers are thoroughly dry. Store them with the door ajar so air can circulate inside. Be sure the doors on other types of appliances are securely shut, and always clean your stove before moving.
Bedding and Linens: Use your dresser drawers when possible to store blankets, pillows and sheets.
Mattresses: Use special mattress bags or even old mattress covers to keep them clean during moving and storage.
Chairs: Invert light chairs so they are “seat-to-seat.” There’s usually space between the legs for small, lightweight items.
Chest of Drawers: Take advantage of drawers for packing many light household items such as photos and clocks. If the items are fragile, be sure to use towels or other padding to protect them from breakage.
China and Glassware: Plates should be wrapped individually and stacked on edge. Always make sure you have plenty of cushioning below and above all your glassware. Glasses should also be wrapped individually with cushioning and put on the top layers of any of these boxes with more cushioning above them. Make sure your boxes are firmly packed so they will not be crushed.
Clothing: It’s best to hang clothing whenever possible. Use wardrobe boxes when possible. These come with a clothes rod for easy hanging.
Drapes: Fold your drapes carefully and pack them in dresser drawers. Once in storage, it’s best if you can hang them on hangers.
Fragile Items: Many small fragile items can be stored safely in your dresser drawers surrounded by blankets and pillows.
Lamp Shades: Use clean packing paper to wrap each lamp shade individually. Often you can “nest” several lamp shades together. Use a special box for all of these shades, rather than packing them with other items
Mirrors: Always stand mirrors on edge. It’s best if you can crate them, or at least pack them individually with strong cardboard and mark them so they won’t accidentally be bumped.
Tables: Take the legs off tables when possible and wrap separately. This prevents possible damage and also saves space. Tape the hardware to the underside of the table, so it is not misplaced.
Tools: Don’t put too many heavy tools in one box. If you are storing your tools in non-climate controlled storage it’s a good idea to wipe with a slightly oily rag to prevent rusting. Long handled rakes, hoes and shovels should be cleaned, oiled and tied together.