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6 Tips for Safer Storage

The idea behind self-storage is putting things away now, and finding them exactly as you left them later.

This isn’t always the case. Storing some items the wrong way can cause them to be damaged over time.

If you’re not using a climate-controlled unit, remember that self-storage units in Toronto, Brampton, North York or Etobicoke will see humid summers and cold winters. These changes can cause damage if you’re not careful.

Here are a few pointers to make sure you’re storing your items the right way.

1. Don’t over-pack boxes:

Over-packed boxes can sometimes rupture and/or fall when they’re stacked. At the same time, don’t under-pack them either. If a box is under-packed, make sure you never store anything on top of it, as it can collapse.

2. Protect your pictures and paintings:

It’s important to store paintings or framed pictures in especially designed boxes. Failing that, you should wrap smaller pictures in bubble wrap, and store them in clothing or linen boxes.

Also keep old photographs flat, or place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape it together to keep them from curling over time.

3. Wipe any metal:

This will prevent any rust or damage to your metal items like. bicycles, tools, or machinery. Any machine oil should do.

4. Protect your paper documents:

Use some sort of plastic lining in boxes, when you’re storing books and documents This will prevent moisture absorption. You can also fill empty spaces in the boxes with paper.

5. Drain any gas or oil:

If you’re storing anything like a gas powered lawnmower or skidoo, make sure you drain any flammable materials before you put them away for the season.

6. Avoid Newspaper as packing material:

Don’t use newsprint to wrap anything that could be potentially damaged by ink stains.

If you have any questions about how to safely store any items, please contact our staff any time.

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