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You already got some information on how to prepare furniture for storage from Part 1, today we will discuss more tricks on how to prepare items for storage!

Step 1. Empty any appliances you plan to store and clean them thoroughly (To state the obvious, you must first defrost freezers and refrigerators). Consider adding bleach or baking soda in the cleaning solution to disinfect the items and remove any bad odors effectively.

Step 2. Ensure all the attached hoses or internal mechanisms of your appliances are completely drained of any water (particularly dishwashers and washing machines). Otherwise, the moisture can freeze and cause damage to the appliance during the winter months or cause mildew during summer.

Step 3. Make sure any attached cables and hoses are tied down and firmly secured. Put the removed hoses and other attachments inside the appliance.

Good to remember: It is recommendable to leave the doors of your household appliances slightly ajar when they are in storage to allow for proper ventilation (it will help prevent condensation and bad odors).

How to Prepare Electronic Appliances for Storage

Ensure all electronic devices that will be stored are completely clean and free of dirt. Pack delicate electronic equipment in their original cartons or ones of the same size and quality. Fill the boxes to capacity with packing paper, foam sheets, anti-static packing peanuts, or bubble wrap for optimal protection. Seal the boxes tightly and ensure no moisture can come in contact with your stored devices.

How to Prepare Clothes for Storage

When storing clothes for long periods, you're strongly advised against folding them up and stuffing them in cartons. Instead, hang your clothes on a clothes rail to keep them wrinkle-free and well ventilated (this will help keep mold at bay). Consider wrapping your most expensive and delicate clothes in a suitable protective cover to keep them fresh and clean all the time.

Store your hanging clothes in wardrobe boxes as they provide the best possible protection against dirt and moisture.

It is recommendable to use some insect repellent products (naphthalene or mothballs) to protect garments that will be stored for a long time.

But what if you have to store mattresses? What should you know first? Below are more helpful tips on How to prepare mattresses, books, and fragile items for storage. Contact Movers Toronto today and let us assist you with your Next Move!


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