Renting out a storage unit can help to free up a large amount of much-needed space in your home. However, furniture pieces that are nonchalantly tossed or placed into the storage unit will most likely end up suffering from moisture damage. It is important to take additional steps to protect your furniture the same way that you would if it were located in your home. If you live in a location with increased amounts of humidity, then this is even more important. Fortunately, there are a few tips that you can use to protect your furniture from moisture damage when moving into a storage unit.
Stack Your Furniture On Pallets and Blocks
If the flooring in your storage unit is composed of concrete, then the floor will expand and contract during extreme weather changes. Furniture that is placed directly on the concrete flooring will end up absorbing the excess moisture from the floor when it expands due to hot weather. Since this is difficult to detect without regularly moving the furniture, your items may end up with severe moisture damage before you notice a problem. Therefore, place pallets or blocks along your storage unit floor and stack your furniture on top of these blocks. This will help to allow air flow to pass between your furniture and the concrete floor. Any excess moisture will dry up before it can damage your furniture.
Place Moisture Control Bags Underneath and Around Your Furniture
Moisture control bags are great for regulating the amount of moisture in the air around you. The bags can be placed underneath your furniture or around it. The bags will absorb any excess moisture in the air and will avoid drying out the air completely. You should try to place the bags before moving all of your items into the storage unit in order to ensure that all areas of the storage unit and furniture are protected. Moisture control bags are not considered to be permanent; therefore, they should be switched out every few months to ensure that mildew and mold development does not have a chance to form.
Moving all of your excess furniture into your storage unit can be a challenging and exciting process. However, all of that excitement can fade quickly once you have to deal with moisture damage. Therefore, use these tips to help protect your furniture when it is time to move into your new unit. Talk to a moving supplies provider for more ideas on how to protect your furniture.