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How to Prepare Appliances for Storage

Step 1. Empty any appliances you intend to put into storage and clean them thoroughly (needless to say, freezers and refrigerators must be defrosted first). It’s a good idea to add bleach or baking soda in the cleaning solution to properly disinfect the appliances and remove any bad odors.

Step 2. Make sure any water is completely drained from the attached hoses or internal mechanisms of your household appliances (dishwashers and washing machines, in particular). Otherwise, water can freeze and damage the appliance during the winter months or cause mildew during warmer weather.

Step 3. Tie down and secure any attached cables and hoses. Store removed hoses or other attachments inside the appliance.If you store appliance parts separately (glass panels, shelves, etc.) remember to mark them as fragile and avoid stacking or leaning heavy items on them.

Step 4.Move large appliances onto truck last .This way,they will be the first to come off the truck.By placing appliances in the back of your storage unit, you’ll have easier access to smaller items that you retrieve more frequently. Transport refrigerators upright.

Good to remember: It is recommendable to leave the doors of your household appliances slightly ajar when they are in storage to allow for proper ventilation.Also, place an open box of baking soda in stored appliances (it will help prevent condensation and bad odors). Cover in unit with a tarp or sheet to shield your appliance from dirt, dust or accidental scratches.