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How to Prepare Furniture for Storage

Have in mind though that every individual item has its own specifics you should take into account when preparing it for storage in addition to the general rules below.

When preparing items for storage, you want to:

1) organize and pack ,label boxes so that you can easily find when needed

2) ensure the best possible protection against dust, dirt, moisture.

  • make sure the items you pack for storage are clean and dry.
  • disassemble large items to better protect each individual part.
  • use quality packing materials, provide sufficient padding, pack the boxes full and seal them tightly.

Step 1. Empty your furniture (if applicable), vacuum with a brush to remove any excess dirt, and clean all the surfaces.

Step 2. Apply furniture protection spray, as well as leather conditioner, when applicable. Protect any wood finishes with a coat of wax to seal the wood and reduce the risk of mold development. Wipe down metal elements with oil to prevent tarnishing and rusting.

Step 3. Disassemble large furniture pieces as much as possible. Protect small protruding elements with bubble wrap or rags. Pack all the detached pieces from one furniture item together and put small hardware parts (bolts, hinges, etc.) in sealable plastic bags (tape the bags to the corresponding furniture to prevent losing or mixing the small parts).

Step 4. Cover the furniture with sheets and blankets or specialized fabric furniture covers (especially if your items will be stored long-term). Secure the blankets in place with rubber bands, cinch straps, or plastic wrap.

Good to remember: Do not use plastic wrap directly on wooden or leather furniture as the plastic covers can trap moisture and heat and cause the wood or leather to warp or mold. Besides, prolonged contact with plastic may ruin paint jobs and result in stains.Cover upholstered furniture with white cotton sheets, as dark colored fabrics can bleed color onto the stored items if the humidity level in the storage unit is too high.