You can get the best out of any storage facility if you know the fine art of specialty packing which is suited best for storage purposes. Mini storage is no exception and more and more people are opting for mini storage to store their valuables and household goods. There is a wide range of mini storage units available and the best option is to hire a mini storage which is slightly larger than what you actually need. This way you do not have to cramp your things which can result in damage or breakage of goods.
There are a few packing techniques for mini storage, which can make the entire exercise of storage very convenient. Since mini storage is an option you normally take during relocation, knowing these packing techniques can make your relocation stress free as much as possible. Here are some tips to follow:
The first point to remember when you pack goods for mini storage is to place the boxes one on top of another, where the heavier boxes are at the bottom and the lighter ones on top.Seal and label the boxes on all sides so that you know the contents of every box for easy retrieval. You can easily decipher the contents with only one side visible.Wrap every individual item with packing paper or soft cloth before putting them in the box. Wrap the items in such a way that they do not scrape against each other while in storage. This can result in damage of your goods.
Even if you want to use the mini storage for a short time, never put aquariums, bird houses with live birds or animal houses with pets inside, inside any storage unit.
Never attempt to store any inflammable materials in storage units as they can be a public health hazard. Amongst the other items which should never be packed for storage are toxic chemicals, paints and other hazardous fluids.
Never put any food item in the mini storage. Store food items in specially designed food storage units which are also available. Such specialty chambers can keep the food in perfect condition as they regulate the internal temperature properly.
When storing vehicle spare parts, you should use lubricants and then wrap them first in plastic sheets. Fuel tanks as well as car engines should be emptied before storing. Remember fuel tanks can burst under certain temperatures and pressures. So you have to be extra cautious.
Before storing appliances, ensure that they are cleaned and dried before packing starts. Refrigerators should be defrosted and washing machines should be complete dry. Leave them open to let fresh air circulate for sometime before you pack them.
Pick up wardrobe boxes to store your clothing. They should allow you to hang your clothes to retain their shape and texture. The storage chambers where you are going to hang clothes should be pest and termite proof as they can damage your clothes easily.
Fill up all empty spaces inside boxes with paper shreds or wrinkled papers. Wind some paper rings around the handles of cups and glasses to prevent the handles from coming off during storage.
There are many tips like these which if followed can keep your valuable goods in impeccable condition, while in mini storage, no matter for how long you keep them.