Preparing your items for storage
- Pre-plan your packing so that you can store your goods smoothly.
- Be systematic and go room by room when packing. This makes unpacking easier and allows you to locate and retrieve goods months down the track.
- Don’t strain your back, pack heavy items by themselves.
- It’s best to store books flat and not on their spine.
- A full box is a strong box but don’t overdo it because a bulging box is weak and troublesome to stack.
- Empty your fridge and freezer before storing. Don’t leave anything inside as shelves and linings can easily be marked and damaged.
- A fridge or freezer should be clean and make sure they’re dry before storage.
- Leave the door slightly ajar and perhaps spray with deodorizer to keep it, and the other items, smelling fresh.
- The family silver is precious so make sure to wrap it in NON ACID tissue paper or plastic bags to help reduce tarnishing.
- Wipe any chrome or cast iron items with a little machine oil to stop rust.
Breakables and glassware
- Wrap all breakable items separately in tissue or packing paper, box and ensure they are marked “Fragile”.
- Pack breakables in sturdy boxes.
- Stack your plates, saucers and bowls on their sides to prevent any breakage or better still use our Kitchen box with clever insert to protect your crockery and glassware.
- Empty space should be filled with packing paper.
- Avoid cracking mirrors (and 7 years of bad luck!) by wrapping mirrors in cardboard and storing them on their edges. This also applies to picture frames.
- Do not stack any heavy items on top of cartons containing breakables.
- Empty the contents of wardrobes, drawers and cupboards to protect them from warping and bending over time.
- Where possible remove the legs from furniture e.g. bed bases, tables etc to avoid damage and save space.
- Place a cover over all furniture, especially sofa’s, recliners and anything of value.
- Wrap up cushions and mattresses in plastic we have covers available for all furniture and mattresses.
- Computers need special care and the original boxes are the best place to keep them. Bubble-wrap and good quality packing cartons will also do the job.
- Use some packing or linen in the bottom and top of cartons for extra protection and pack out any gaps.
- If you’re unsure about your computer, refer to the manufacturer’s manual, or consult your retailer, especially if storing for longer than six months.
- “Handle with care” when it comes to electrical equipment. Use the original boxes for your electrical gear if you still have them.
- Bubble wrap is ideal for wrapping electrical items safely.
- Vinyl lovers, make sure to pack your records on their edges to prevent warping.
Battery operated appliances and toys
- Avoid the possibility of leaking batteries by removing them before packing.
Clothing and apparel
- Keep your clothes in good condition by using naphthalene, mothballs or similar product to protect and maintain them or you can use a Port a Robe carton.
Machinery and metallic items
- Drain any fuel and oil from all machinery. This reduces risk of leakage, spillage and damage to other goods in your space.
- Prevent metal items from rusting by wipe the item with a few drops of oil before storing.
- Pack these items away from goods that may be stained such as furniture.
- Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e. paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.)
- Do not store any living things (including plants), or perishable goods (especially food stuffs).
- Empty petrol from mowers, whipper snippers, etc.
- Ensure gas bottles are empty and BBQ or cooking surfaces are clean.
- Avoid the risk of leaky batteries by removing them before you store.
- Never lay paintings or mirrors flat. Stand them up and ensure they are wrapped and marked ‘FRAGILE’
Packing Boxes and Moving Materials
- Remember, we have moving materials and packing boxes at our storage facility
- Our range of moving materials and packing boxes will ensure your items are stored efficiently and effectively, protecting your furniture and personal items and ensuring you are able to maximise the space in your storage unit