Want to know how BEST to store your goods?
Or what you CAN and CAN'T store?
Storage First has the answers...
Self Storage FAQs
Storing White Goods?
Fridges, freezers and other white goods should be thoroughly DRY and CLEAN before storing. Whilst in storage the door should be secured slightly ajar. A deodoriser placed inside fridges or freezers is also a good idea to maintain freshness. Don't place items inside fridges or freezers as the shelves and linings can be easily marked and damaged.
How to store your Furniture?
Empty the contents of wardrobes, drawers and cupboards to protect the shelving and structure of these items. Clothing and personal goods should be packed in strong secure cartons with mothballs or similar product to protect and maintain their condition. Where possible remove the legs from items of furniture e.g. bed bases, tables etc. to avoid damage and save space. Vacuum food crumbs from lounges to prevent attracting vermin.
What about Glassware & Crockery?
Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of cartons containing breakables. Protect fragile items by wrapping them individually in packing paper (newsprint can be very messy and possibly stain). Nest cups and bowls, stand plates, saucers, platters, casseroles on their edges. Fill any gaps in the cartons with scrunched paper or linen. This will keep your fragile items well protected and prevent them from moving around in the cartons whilst in transit. Label all cartons containing fragile items and avoid storing heavy items on the top of these cartons.
How should I store Mirrors, Windows & Paintings?
These items should be protected by packing material such as bubble-wrap or in a flat-pack carton. Store them standing on their edges in an upright position (not lying flat).
What do I need to know about storing Metal Items?
Wrapping silver in NON ACID tissue paper or plastic bags can help reduce tarnishing. Wipe chrome or cast iron with a little machine oil to help retard rust.
Storing electrical items?
Your electrical equipment is very delicate and sensitive and should be handled with care. The original boxes are ideal to repack in. However wrapping items individually in bubble-wrap, packing them in cartons, and sealing the top will offer protection for your electrical items. Remember to pack out any gaps in the cartons. We recommend that you remove the batteries to avoid damage from leaking Batteries.
Will you be storing a Computer?
The original boxes are highly recommended for packing. However bubble-wrap and good quality packing cartons will do the job. Remember to use some packing or linen in the bottom and top of cartons. This provides extra protection to the contents. Pack out any gaps. If you are unsure about your computer, refer to the manufacturer's manual especially if storing for longer than six months.
What Not to Store?
Any goods that are a risk to the property of any person including:
Petrol and gasoline
Paints and thinners
Solvents, chlorine and acids
All combustible and explosive items
Any illegal or stolen items
Living and perishable items including plants
All hazardous products and items
These items are not permitted to be stored in Self Storage.
Top 10 BEST Storage First Self Storage Tips...
1. Fill containers to capacity or fill spaces with packaging material.
2. Pack heavy items into small boxes, this will make them easier to move.
3. Stack heavy items on the bottom, with lighter and fragile items securely on top
4. Label every box so that you can find what you need later.
5. Leave an access aisle to reach the back of the unit and put frequently used items near the front.
6. Don't use newsprint to pack anything, the ink stains.
7. Stack your goods at least 50mm off the ground for better ventilation.
8. Any items like clothing and fabric should have a couple of moth balls packed in with the items.
9. Use shelving to maximise your space when storing documents.
10. For storing or hanging your clothes, special Porta Robe Boxes are available from Storage First.