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Answering The Most Common Moving and Storage Questions

Answering The Most Common Moving and Storage Questions

Answering The Most Common Moving and Storage Questions

At Box Me Up, we receive a lot of questions about moving and storage. Some questions, like, “What’s the best way to protect my mirror?” or, “How do I keep smells off my upholstered furniture?” are questions that come up on a regular basis. We’ve always done our best to supply you with the knowledge you need, so, starting with these questions and continuing with a few others, we’ve compiled the following answers to your most common moving and storage questions. 

How do I keep smells off fabrics and upholstered furniture?

The first thing to do here is clean your clothing or furniture before storing it in your unit or mobile container. Dirt, grime, spills, and the like will only fix themselves in place over time. Allow the item to air-dry before wrapping and storing them.

Wrap your furniture in a blanket; do not use plastic. Blankets allow for air flow, whereas plastic can create condensation, and therefore result in odours. Pack clothing in boxes, and use wardrobe boxes for hanging clothes. Avoid packing hanging clothes too tightly together, and allow for a bit of air flow instead.

Before loading your items in your storage unit or container, always give the space a clean. Sweep the storage area, and then mop. Mopping with vinegar will neutralize odours, providing a fresh start. We also suggest trying air fresheners or dryer sheets left along the walls and in the corners of your unit. Dryer sheets could also be left inside boxes of clothes or within a wrapped piece of furniture, under the moving blanket.

It is also a good idea to place moth balls and moisture absorbers along the walls of your unit as well. 

How do I move my mirror/glass top/marble top and store it safely in storage?

Mirrors, glass tops, and stone tops are all similar pieces that require the same sort of attention. This begins with always moving these types of items while keeping them standing on their sides, rather than lying flat. Keeping them flat has them relying on their weakest point, and the wrong move here can result in the item breaking quite easily. Whenever you are carrying them, fastening them in the moving truck or storage unit, always keep them on their side.

To keep them safe, you have two options: a box or a blanket. We advise using a box if possible. Some items will simply be too large for a box, but those that can fit should be placed safely in a mirror/TV box. Box Me Up offers 3 different sizes of mirror/TV boxes.

In both cases – box or blanket – the item needs to be wrapped. Going into a box, the item still requires being wrapped in a poly wrap (which is similar to a very thick tissue with either a plastic or hard paper exterior sheet). Bubble wrap, like plastic above, will only trap condensation, and for any wood frames, this can be damaging: a poly wrap is necessary. Glass or stone tops are fine to be bubble-wrapped, and then put inside the mirror/TV box.

Once ready to be moved/stored, always place these mirrors, glass tops, and stone tops leaning upright against the walls of your storage unit (or moving truck). If you can tie them to the wall of your truck or mobile container, then definitely do so. Be wary of what other items you store around them in the storage unit (or truck), ensuring nothing can fall or be knocked into them. 

Can I store my laundry machine? What about my lawnmower and barbeque?

Yes, of course you can store your washer and dryer – or dishwasher, fridge, or freezer. Such appliances though always come with water inside, so you will need to drain as much water from the item as possible. When you store them, always leave doors ajar to keep air flow and avoid mould growth and odours.

The same thing goes for items like barbeques and lawnmowers: they need to be drained, but this time of any fuel whatsoever. Propane tanks are not allowed to be stored in storage facilities, but as long as the tank has been detached, the barbeque itself is safe to store. Lawnmowers need to be empty of any gasoline or fuel. The only real problems these items bring with them (once empty) are their odd shapes and sizes, making them difficult to load with the rest of your belongings. Hence, we advise leaving such items to the very end of your load. 

What items am I not allowed to store?

This is a great question – and one with a few answers. For starters,

  • explosives,
  • flammables,
  • fireworks,
  • firearms and ammunition,
  • hazardous materials,
  • garbage,
  • perishable food items,
  • and living organisms

are not allowed to be stored in public storage facilities anywhere in Canada. That is simply a law.

Depending on the type of storage you are renting though, other items are inadvisable to store. Artwork, fur clothing, vinyl records, wine, and musical instruments are all items that require climate-controlled environments. Fluctuations in temperatures can have drastic effects on all of these items, so if your storage unit or mobile container is not climate-controlled, then it is inadvisable to store these items there.

And finally, never store cash in your unit. Insurance policies do not cover cash, and, if something was to ever happen to your storage unit, then it would be incredibly unlikely that you would ever be able to retrieve that cash. Do like the rest of us do, and store your cash at a bank.

We certainly hope this helps answer some of your more common questions about moving and storage, but if you have any further questions, please find more information on our storage blog here, or connect with us directly here.

Published: December 21 2021

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