15 practical storage tips
- It is strictly forbidden to store flammable, corrosive or explosive products. These include matches, solvents, aerosols and especially propane tanks or fire extinguishers. These products could void your storage insurance as they are prohibited under the Dangerous Goods Act.
- Do not store grain products or flour and if possible avoid storing food at all. These types of products attract mice, insects, etc.
- We suggest that you use mattress bags, so that dust and odors cannot penetrate your mattress.
- Make arrangements to properly organize your storage insurance. Goods are generally stored at your own risk and storage companies cannot verify every item stored.
- Disassemble items such as tables, bed frames, etc. (This will save space.) Wrap and label all pieces for easier assembly when you need to reassemble them later. Put all hard items in bags and mark the bags appropriately.
- When you take apart electronics, such as computers, stereos; things that have many cords or cables, put small colored stickers on the cord or cable and then put stickers of the same color where the cord connects. If possible, use the original boxes to store your electronics and other items.
- When storing metal or iron objects, to prevent rust, rub a small amount of machine oil on metal objects such as bicycles and equipment. Empty and clean debris from all equipment before storing.
- Pack blankets, drapes and dress clothes on the hanger and put in a clothes box.
- Always use high quality locks on your locker. Locks are available for sale and ask your site manager for a recommendation.
- Always use a climate humidity controller for sensitive items.
- Whenever possible, place dressers and tables as high as possible to save space.
- Appliances: the refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with the door slightly ajar. Make sure all equipment is clean and dry before storing.
- Mirrors, windows, and screens: these items should be stored on their edges, not on a horizontal surface. Special boxes for mirrors and paintings are available to protect these valuable items.
- Books and documents: wrap and place books flat to protect their covers (spines). Do not place boxes directly on the floor, but rather use pallets or sleds to avoid moisture absorption. Only use packaging to fill empty pockets in boxes. Do not pack fragile items in the same box with books and heavy items and it is best not to overload them.
- Clothing and drapes should be stored in garment boxes on hangers to maintain their original shape.
A refrigerator or freezer should be perfectly dry and stored with the door slightly ajar. Make sure all equipment is clean and dry before storing.
Mirrors, windows and screens: these items should be stored on their edges, not flat. Mirror and picture boxes are available to protect these valuable items.
Books and Documents: Wrap books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to prevent moisture absorption. Use wrappers to fill any empty pockets in the boxes. Do not pack fragile items in the same box with books and do not overload.
Clothing and draperies should be stored in wardrobe boxes on hangers to maintain their original shape.
Do Not - Storage:
- Do not use plastic to cover your belongings. It retains moisture.
- Do not store food products. This will prevent any unwanted guests (mice, insects, etc.)
- Do not pack your boxes so that they are too heavy for the move. Especially when you pack your books.
- Never give your password, door code or any other information to others who are not listed as having “access”.
- Do not use printed newspapers for packaging. Do not use printed newspapers for packaging.
- Remember to clean your electronics before storing them.
- Never store toxins or flammable products, such as paint, oil or gasoline.