Store Personal Items in Madera, CA
After choosing the right facility to fits your needs, it is essential that you pack your belongings in storage correctly. Here are some tips to consider for preventing damage when you need to store personal items in Madera, CA:
How to Protect Goods.
Determine whether the goods you are storing will be better protected by placing them in boxes, totes, or other containers. You may need to purchase specialized boxes for storage and other packing supplies to protect your items during the move and while they are stowed away.
Thoroughly clean, disinfect and dry refrigerators, freezers, stoves, and other appliances. Appliances with doors can be stored with the door slightly open, and some can be stacked on top of each other.
Cleaning Before Storing.
Be sure to clean and dry all electrical equipment before storing.
Dealing with Rust.
Retard rust by wiping down all types of metal surfaces before storing. Use a few drops of machine oil to lightly coat these items for preventing rust and possible deterioration.
Storing Books, Files, and Documents Flat.
For business record storage or other papered items such as files, books, or documents, they should be laid flat and wrapped in bubble wrap or newspaper to fill any empty spaces in the boxes or totes.
Store clothing on hangers before folding them into cartons. Make sure all drapes, curtains, linens and clothing items are washed and dry, or dry cleaned to avoid attracting pests.
Use bubble wrap and other materials when storing dishes and glassware. Pack similar items in the same box and fill empty spaces with packing peanuts, bubble wrap or newspaper.
For furniture storage, disassemble furniture and place pieces on a corrugated cardboard mat or plastic sheet before placing on a pallet.
Stack lightweight chairs “seat to seat”, but avoid stacking other types of furniture on top of each other. Cover all upholstery with light cotton dust covers. Inquire about our moving blankets and furniture covers.
Wrap lamp bases in padding and store the lampshade and base separately.
Holiday decorations can be stored in their original cartons. Wrap glass ornaments and other delicate items in bubble wrap or newspaper before storing in boxes or totes.
Storing Music Items.
CDs, tapes, records, and other music items can be stored in boxes or airtight cartons to prevent damage.
Cover computer screens and large television screens with dust covers and wrap in bubble wrap if you are storing these items next to furniture and other equipment.
Prohibited Storage Goods
Even though you alone control access to your storage space, there are some items that cannot be stored in your unit at any time. These include:
- Live animals
- Flammable liquids and fuels
- Toxic materials
- Any items that need to be in a controlled environment
Source: Self Storage Association (SSA)