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Your Guide for Storing Home Appliances in Self Storage

Admin | October 4, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

Your Guide for Storing Home Appliances in Self Storage


As a leader in Shreveport storage, we’re excited to offer you our best tips for storing home appliances in any of our Bossier City storage units. But whether you’re taking advantage of Shreveport self storage or storage units in the rest of the country, the same appliance care rules apply. 


Before you store, clean it up


There is just about nothing worse you can do than store your appliance dirty. Dirty appliances attract unwanted pests like bugs and mice and natural undesirables like mold and mildew. The good news is that it’s easy to avoid these hazards. Just clean your appliance beforehand. You can use a specially formulated cleaner for your selected appliance or give it a solid treatment with soap and water or a vinegar solution. 


When you’ve finished your scrub down, give your appliance ample time to completely dry. Take special note of any elements that have water in them typically like washer parts and hoses. You might even try unscrewing them from the machine so they can dry more quickly. A completely dry appliance decreases the chance of mildew. 


Tape doors and drawers closed


Appliances are far more likely to be damaged in transit than in storage. A simple way to make transit less hazardous is to tape all the doors and drawers closed on your appliance before moving. Once you reach your unit, you can untape the doors and drawers and crack them slightly to allow for proper airflow. 


Select the right unit


Climate-controlled storage units are the ideal first choice for storing appliances, especially since many modern appliances contain digital computer elements. Appliances should be stored between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. In a climate-controlled unit, you can be sure that your appliances have an appropriate storage temperature and humidity. 


Lift up, and cover-up


Avoid storing appliances on the ground. Lift them up using a wooden pallet to protect them from any potential water damage and make it more difficult for dirt to get inside. And on that note, be sure to cover up your appliances with a cloth or plastic sheeting to prevent dust buildup. 


Stacking leads to cracking


Since appliances are usually large, it can be tempting to stack other items on top of them in your storage unit. But, using your appliances as shelving can ruin them. It’s also important to label any fragile or weak areas of your appliances like glass doors or digital displays so you pack around them with extra caution. 


Stay secure


Appliances are expensive, so security is essential. But, security at storage units is not created equal. Research your chosen facility and look for quality elements like gated access, 24-hour video surveillance, on-site security guards, and good lighting. And, in case the unthinkable happens, insure your items for the extra peace of knowing that you will be covered if anything goes wrong. 


Ready to find Bossier City self storage for your appliances? Our team is here to help! Contact us today to find the right Bossier City storage option for you. 

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