We are going to talk about preparing wooden furniture for storage now. Although wooden furniture could be ornate and stunning, it is also prone to rot, scratches, and cracks. To ensure that your wooden furniture is safe while in storage, you need to take a number of precautions. Your belongings will seem brand new when you get them out of storage weeks or months later if you follow these suggestions.
The first step is cleaning
In the long run, any minor stains or spills are only going to get worse if they are allowed to sit in the wood for months. Restoring your wood’s moisture balance will help keep it free of any cracks or even worse – rot. That’s why some serious cleaning needs to be the first step when preparing wooden furniture for storage. After you are done cleaning, you can start looking and choosing a storage unit.
Is disassembling a possibility?
Do not hesitate to disassemble your furniture if it is detachable, such as many bookcases and entertainment centers. Taking this precaution can help you avoid slamming your furniture against the storage unit. Re-sealable bags are great for keeping screws and washers in when you need them later. Keep them in an accessible location in a drawer maybe or on a shelf.
Check out the storage
First, you will need to find suitable unit. Take the facilities for a tour before signing a rental agreement. You need to see the storage before taking your things there. To protect your belongings, check for pests (wood bees or carpenter ants) at the facility. If you have any questions, ask the management. To prevent your furniture from being harmed by dirt and dampness, make sure the units appear clean and well-maintained.
Breathable covers are must-have
Avoid completely encasing your hardwood furniture in plastic if you live in a warm, dry area like Santa Cruz. Placing furniture in a plastic bag will only serve to increase the likelihood of mold growth. Just use a simple cotton sheet to cover the furnishings. If desired, use zip ties or even rubber bands to fasten the sheet to the legs. Also, to keep dust from covering your furniture, a sheet might be placed over it. Now we need to talk about packing a storage unit.
Your furniture for storage should not be on the ground
As a general rule, it’s best to store your furniture on a pallet or tarp, rather than just sitting on the ground. Your hardwood furniture should be shielded from any spills that might occur in a neighboring storage unit, and not used to soak up any messes that happen on the ground.