If you're getting ready to put your wooden furniture in storage for any length of them, there are several precautions you should take in order to ensure that your furniture looks as good coming out of the storage facility as it did going in. Following are five strategies for successfully storing wooden furniture.
Thoroughly Clean and Polish Wooden Furniture Before Placing it in Storage Using a clean, soft cloth, warm water, and a mild detergent, thoroughly clean your wooden furniture in preparation for placing it in storage. Dry it using another soft cloth and allow to air dry for several hours—keep in mind that wood is porous and still may retain moisture even when the surface is dry. After it's dried, use linseed oil or furniture polish and rub it in thoroughly. This will help prevent the wood from drying out to the extent that it splits and cracks while in storage.
Take Wooden Furniture Apart Before Placing in a Storage Unit Most wooden furniture can be taken apart before being placed in storage. This saves room and makes it easier to protect smaller parts. Be sure to place nuts, bolts, and screws in a Ziplock bag and place it where it will be easy to find when the time comes to put the furniture back together again.
Place Wooden Furniture on Pallets to Keep It Off the Floor Storing your wood furniture on pallets to keep it from coming in direct contact with the floor. Most storage unit floors are made of concrete, which is a hard, cold surface, which may cause damage to your wooden furniture over time. Wooden palettes provide a breathable surface that keeps furniture off the hard, cold concrete.
Cover the Furniture With Breathable Material Many people make the mistake of covering their wooden furniture with plastic after they place it in their storage unit. However, plastic coverings don't provide the breathability that wood needs, so cover your wooden furniture with cotton blankets instead.
Always Get a Climate Controlled Storage Space for Wooden Furniture Wooden furniture also benefits greatly from being stored in climate controlled conditions. Too much heat can cause wood to dry out and warp even if you've taken precautions such as rubbing it down with a good oil-based polish before placing it in storage. High levels of atmospheric humidity can also cause wooden furniture to warp as well as create conditions conducive to the development of mold and mildew infestations. Dry, cold conditions also cause wooden furniture to warp and crack. Contact your local furniture storage facility for more information on how to safely store your furniture.Share
24 August 2016
When my husband announced that we would be moving again for his job, I couldn't help but burst into tears. We had already moved three times in the past year and a half, and it was getting hard to make new friends. I was tired and angry, until he explained that he would be in charge of this next move and do a lot of the hard work. He also explained what benefits the move would come along with, which helped to calm me down. This blog is all about how I was able to stay calm during my many moves and the tips that have helped me along the way.