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Do not keep any food items as this will invite rodents. See to it that stoves, microwaves and cooking items have no food residue.
Anything flammable cannot be stored, including gasoline, oil, cleaning fluids or paint thinner. Any machinery that is gas powered must have the fuel tank drained.
When the weather is humid, it will be humid inside your unit. To decrease the chances of mold or mildew forming, leave a gap between your items and the walls to allow air circulation. Wet items should not be stored in the unit. Any item stored in airtight containers should be completely dry; otherwise trapped moisture may result to damage.
Put cardboard boxes on pallets or plastic sheeting to prevent moisture absorption and destruction of contents. Stacked boxes that absorb too much moisture may impair and collapse. Fill boxes to the top although you have to make use of filler-like padding or crumpled newspapers. Half-filled boxes may collapse if other items are put on top of them.
Do not let any upholstered items such as mattresses and sofas come in contact with concrete floors or walls. You may use pallets, covers, bags or plastic sheeting for extra protection. Mattresses should be placed on the long end to keep their shape. Sofas and love seats can be kept on end to save floor space.
Pack books flat to prevent destruction to their spines. Never store mirrors and pictures flat. Think twice before storing photographs as temperature and humidity changes can cause damage to them.
Clothing, curtains and drapes should be stored on hangers without any food crumbs and stains to prevent attracting pests.
If stacking furniture, place a plastic sheet or linens between them to avoid scratches and damage. Some furniture such as tables and bed frames can be disassembled to save space.
Spray your wood furniture with a high-grade furniture spray prior to storing to ensure its protection. To secure bicycles and other metal items from rusting, spray or wipe down with a light machine oil such as WD40.
Put a label for every box on the side to identify each easily. Place items that will be accessed often towards the front of the unit.
When closing your storage unit door, don’t allow the pull rope to lie under the door as this may leave a space for pests to get in the unit.