Keeping appliances in a self-storage facility is a great alternative to moving into a new apartment just so that you can have more room for your belongings. When moving your appliances to a storage unit, it is best to make sure that you clean them and pack them properly so that when you retrieve them in the future, they will be in good condition. Here are some tips on how to properly pack your household appliances in preparation for self-storage:
Give Them One Last Cycle
Turn on your washing machine and dishwasher to a full wash cycle. Add in a cup of bleach, white vinegar, or a dishwasher cleaning solution. This is useful in getting rid of any residue or dirt from hard to reach parts. Doing this ensures that both of these appliances are clean and in good condition.
Make Sure They are Completely Dry
Check and make sure that there is no water left in any of the appliances and that they are completely dry, to avoid them freezing or attracting mildew. Empty all the parts that hold water, such as tubes, hoses, holding tanks, and other compartments. Wipe these parts clean using a towel or cloth to absorb any excess moisture.
Clean the Inside of Appliances
Completely empty and clean the inside of all the appliances. This is very important for appliances where food or drinks are prepared, cooked, or cleaned, such as the toaster, coffee maker, oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher. These should be thoroughly cleaned to prevent food remnants from attracting bugs and rodents. Appliances can also be a breeding ground for bacteria if these are left dirty. Make sure that appliances that run with water are cleaned around the rubber cushion seal that surrounds the door as this is where mildew tends to grow.
Clean the Exterior of Appliances
Appliances that are motor-driven have an intake area with parts like a tube, grid, and lint filter. Clean the vents by running the vacuum through these parts. Scrub off grease using an old toothbrush or a heavy-duty sponge.
Remove Detachable Parts
For appliances that have removable parts, take these off and pack them separately. Items like the shelves of a refrigerator or the jug that goes into the blender should be wrapped with protective covering, such as bubble wrap. Make sure that appliances are always carried and stored upright. Thoroughly polish wooden, silver, and other parts to prevent scratches and scuffs. Protect these with a finishing spray.
Tape and Tie Parts of Your Appliances
After cleaning your appliances, make sure that all the doors, flaps, or openings are secured with strong tape. A painter’s tape is ideal, as it won’t leave any marks during the move. Once your appliances have been placed in the self-storage unit, remove the tape and leave the doors open to avoid mildew growth.
Packing and storing your appliances properly will ensure that you will be able to use them without any problems when you do decide to take them from the self-storage unit at any time in the future. This will save you a lot of money and energy, which might be spent for repairs or purchasing new ones if these were kept without having thoroughly cleaned them. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call us at (330) 488-0129 or (330) 488-1866 or email us today.