In our previous post we had tips on the best way to pack/store boxes and how to properly prepare furniture for storage. Today, we wanted to discuss some steps on how to prepare large appliances for storage. Once again, we want to remind you that these are just suggestions and you should always consult any manufacturer instructions you may have as well as using your best judgement.
Some general rules are to:
- Thoroughly clean and dry appliances before storing. For appliances with a cleaning cycle (e.g. dishwashers, clothes washers), run them through a cycle while empty. Cleaning should be inside and out – you never know how long you’ll end up storing them.
- Prepare the appliances for moving by taping doors shut, taping interior shelves in place, packing and protecting the exterior during transit.
- When storing appliances such as a refrigerator, wedge doors ajar to prevent mildew.
- Always cover the appliances (e.g. with blankets), while in storage. People tend to start packing items around stored appliances and often move other items in and out in close proximity, making scratches inevitable without this layer of protection.
For a more detailed list, Home Depot has some comprehensive step by step instructions, for storing different types of appliances.
We hope these tips have helped you prepare your items for storage! Dollar Self Storage has convenient storage locations in California, Arizona and Nevada.