December 8, 2020
If you are storing your belongings for the winter, you must protect them until they reach a clean, dry self-storage room. If not stored correctly, cold, dampness and lack of use can cause damage to your belongings. 2020 has caused enough problems for us and our families let's get the storage right for a brighter summer next year.
Use these helpful tips to avoid damage and keep your belongings in pristine condition, you should start by having enough time to properly work on protecting the things you want to keep for cold times not a time to be cutting corners. Right let's get started.
Use The Right Covers
To protect your valuable belongings during winter storage, you can protect them with wool or cotton covers. Moisture can damage objects, so it is a good idea to give them extra protection before you pack them, especially if you are storing for long periods of time, it may help to keep bugs away as well but avoid using vinyl or plastic covers. The cold can make plastic brittle, making it more likely to break, and Humidity can also cause problems with the plastic. Alternatively, certain items can be wrapped in a newsprint to retain the heat.
Dry everything thoroughly, especially grills and tools: dirty things can attract pests, and it is much more pleasant to bring a cleaned object into storage than a dirty one. Put the items in a cool, dry place for at least two weeks before putting them into storage.
Dirt and dirt can become a problem if cloth and paint sit for months and rodents and other pests can smell the leftovers.
Check and Repair Items For Happy Unboxing
Check your seasonal gear, fishing gear is a big one in my household and make sure it is ready for use when you pull it out in the spring. You will be disappointed if you have to pull something out of the store and expect to use it the same day and it's broken. It is reassuring to know that your items are in good condition when stored, even if they are not in their original condition. So make sure you check each item and fix any issues before storage.
Keep Electronics Off the Cold Floor
Electronics left behind in winter can be quite damaged, and even when the storage is air-conditioned, the cold can affect the inner workings of electronics and batteries. The floor can lose heat, making it colder than the rest of the room, and can damage your electronics circuitry. So keep your gadgets off the floor!
Swap out Your Clothes
If you need a little more space in your wardrobe at home, you should think about keeping some of your summer clothing in storage and making room for more appropriate clothing. By giving things a good clear you will also declutter and find clothes that you don't want to keep or perhaps are to give away to charity or well deserving friends and family.
Store the Lawn Gear
Keeping items in self-storage is a good way to keep them safe, and in winter you will not be doing certain work (e.g. mowing the lawn). Use the off-season to store your lawn tools and take the time to clean your tools well so they are not damaged while you are waiting. Remove all the petrol from your lawnmower before you place it in storage. The gasoline can eat away at the carburetor, which will mean a repair job before use.
Very Secure From Small Prying Eyes
If you have small children, you can play Santa Claus and avoid them finding their presents by keeping them well away from their explorations when you are out the house, we all did it lets be honest. Use a storage unit to hide your gifts and store your Christmas presents away from prying eyes.
Put in Packing Material
When you use cardboard boxes or other aids, packaging can do more than protect your belongings from impact. These packaging materials offer more safety in winter and also act as insulators to protect items from the cold. If you plan to keep a storage unit for the long term, consider using polystyrene peanuts to protect what you store for years to come. They are perfect material.
Canned Goods Need Extra Thought
Temperature change can cause splits and ruptures that could get contamination in. The contents of these containers then can be dangerous when consumed. A refrigerator can protect your goods from cold and keep them at a constant temperature. Or they could just burst open and be destroyed. If you have one, use an unconnected refrigerator to store your items and check the cans carefully and look for cracks before using them.
Protect Your Summer Ride
If you have a car that is specifically for your summers, it is important to protect it from the cold. Winter can be tough for vehicles, so protect your vehicle with a winter coat, winter tires and a cold jacket.
Car tires tend to crack in winter, so be careful when inflating tires and you may need to pump them up again when you recover in the spring. Check your car's tires and empty the gas if necessary while preparing to store it and clean inside to avoid damage to the interior. Petrol and chemicals in the engine can freeze, causing the compartments of the car to burst.
First, you should look at the self-storage services to find the right size for your vehicle and, if available, choose a storage service with air-conditioned units. Climate - controlled units : These devices keep the temperature constant throughout the year and help you avoid temperature damage. When spring appears and you're looking to get the car out be careful when inflating the tires. Measure the PSI before adding air. Check with your self-storage service first to find the right size unit for your vehicle.
Air Conditioned All Year Round
Note that air conditioned appliances work even in summer to protect things from heat, but you need to do this to protect your belongings during the cold winter months. These tips can help protect your items until you need them again, and if you keep sensitive items, it can be a worthwhile investment. But it's worth it, especially if they're important to you and your family, such as your children or pets.
At Safestore Containers in West Auckland, we would like to help you find the right storage solution for you. If you are looking for safe and reliable storage, get in touch with Safestore Containers.
Contact us at 0800 360 640 and we can let you know more about our facility on Hepburn Road, Glendene in West Auckland and our staff will help you find the right size for you.