Items are like humans in a way, if they aren’t out in the world and moving around they can easily turn stale and deteriorate. This is precisely why when it comes to storing them in a self-storage unit, it’s important to wrap them correctly. They still need some tender, love, and care even when they’re in a dark–sometimes dusty–storage unit. Whether you’re an art collector, or antique furniture enthusiast, there are proper ways to prepare your items for their on-demand storage
journey. Let’s take a look at proper wrapping techniques to various valuables.
1. Artwork For On-Demand Storage
The key to wrapping up your favorite paintings is making sure it has room to breathe. You need to give it air to circulate while sitting in storage. This means avoid wrapping it in plastic wrap and bubble wrap. Plastic traps condensation and blocks air circulation and this can actually lead to water damage. Tissue paper and blankets are better and more viable options for wrapping material. Also, if you are storing a canvas, it should be supported by wood or a sturdy cardboard.
One must take care of their bling the right way when it comes to on-demand self-storage. Like artwork, you want to make sure you protect your jewels from water and condensation. Gold should be wrapped in soft cloth bags or the original box in which it was purchased. Silver should be wrapped in a tarnish-proof fabric, and should never touch rubber. If you’re lucky to have some diamonds in your life, make sure to wrap them in a soft cloth pouch like gold.
Furniture is a little less straightforward than the aforementioned items because it depends on the furniture’s material. For wood items, make sure to treat them with the right polish before storage. If you can, it’s also a best practice to break them down as well. Then you can cover it with cloth and furniture pads, but don’t use plastic wrap. For antique furniture, the same principles apply. Avoid plastic wrap and use materials that will protect it from moisture, light and dust.
4. Those Old Records
Ready to tuck away an old collection of vinyls? In order to protect these antique items, you should wrap them in a polyethylene sleeve before putting it in a paper sleeve or album cover. Also remember to always handle vinyls by only touching the edges– and after your hands are washed.
The key to storing electronics like computers, is to keep them from breaking. Unlike the items we’ve already talked about, this is a time where you can use plastic bubble wrap. Make sure the device is turned off and removed of all connections. Before wrapping it in bubble wrap, cover all screens with a cotton cloth to avoid unnecessary scratches.
On-demand self-storage is a convenient and easy process, and we want to make you have the most positive experience possible. In order to ensure you receive your items just how you left them, follow these wrapping techniques–you won’t be disappointed.