Long term storage and how to pack for it

Long-term storage allows you to safely stow items away for long periods of time, usually three months or more. This is great for homeowners who are downsizing or those who are moving overseas.

But preparing items for long-term storage is not as simple as putting them in boxes. You should take special precautions to ensure all items are properly packed to protect them from moisture, dirt insect infestation, and vermin.

So in this blog, we are going to look at how to properly prepare all types of items including clothing, fragile, and electrical items for safe long-term storage.

1.Avoid using plastic bags

Plastic seems like the perfect storage solution because it will help to protect items from water damage. But in fact, the opposite is true; plastic traps moisture inside the bag and provides the perfect conditions for mould and mildew to grow. So avoid using plastic bags and wrap items in paper instead.

2. Use sturdy boxesSturdy boxes

Cardboard boxes are not ideal for storing items long-term. They are susceptible to damp which can cause them to collapse. They are also not strong enough to withstand stacking, especially for heavy items. So invest in a set of proper wooden storage boxes to help keep your items safe and secure.

3. Wrap fragile items individually

All fragile items should be wrapped individually in bubble wrap or tissue paper. It’s also a good idea to mark each item so that you know what it is without having to unwrap it. All fragile items should also be stored in the same box, try not to mix fragile and non-fragile items if possible.

4. Seal clothes and fabrics in vacuum packed bags

Clothes, fabrics, curtains, and similar items, should be sealed in vacuum-packed bags to protect them from mould and mildew. This also reduces the risk of insect infestation which can quickly ruin fabrics while in storage. We can supply a range of vacuum-packed bags to help protect your fabrics.

5. Clean electrical appliances thoroughly

Electrical appliances should be thoroughly cleaned with baking soda or bleach before placing them in storage. This will remove any bacteria that enact as the ideal conditions for mould. You should also remove any batteries from appliances and remotes to prevent corrosion. Batteries should be stored in a separate sealed container.

6. Stack items on pallets

Finally, one last tip is to stack everything on pallets. This will allow air to freely move around the unit reducing the risk of dampness. It also allows you to quickly remove items with pallet trucks, giving you easy access to everything inside.

Long term storage options on the Gold Coast

Big Box Storage provides a range of affordable long-term storage options on the Gold Coast. Units are available on short or long-term lets and we offer a range of packing solutions to help keep your items protected while in storage. Get a FREE quote for your long-term storage needs today by completing the form here.

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