When you store your items in a self-storage unit, you may find that some are trickier than others. While you know how to store plastic storage bins and wooden furniture, electronics require some extra steps. The humidity and moisture in a storage unit can make it hard on your televisions, stereos and computers, so it is important that you follow these tips for storing them properly.
Choosing the Right Storage Unit
The self-storage unit you choose makes a big difference in the quality of your electronics after it has been stored for a while. Electronics need a climate-controlled storage unit because extremely high or low temperatures can damage them. You should never leave your electronics in a storage unit that is prone to temperatures in the triple-digits, high humidity, or freezing cold temperatures with ice and snow. Choose a unit that is temperature-controlled, and set it a modest temperature. If you can also get one that is moisture-controlled, that is even better.
How to Prepare the Electronics
Once you have selected your storage unit, you can start preparing your electronics to be stored. Before you start packing them away, make sure they are cleaned thoroughly. Dust and debris is their biggest enemy. Dust in a computer or television's air vents can destroy it while it sits there being stored. Clean all of the electronic items thoroughly using a microfiber cloth or compressed air duster.
In addition to cleaning the electronics, you also want to back up all your data. Try to choose multiple locations for backing up your data for extra protection. Also make sure you have removed CDs, DVDs, video games, and memory cards from all electronics before packing them up.
Storing Them Properly
To protect your electronics, make sure you do not cover them in plastic. Plastic has a tendency to attract moisture, which can then turn to mold and mildew, as well as attract pests. Instead, cover it in sheets of foam padding, securing it with tape. You can then either store them as-is or in plastic containers if they are small items. Most electronics are large enough to where they don't need to be placed in a box. Avoid putting any cardboard boxes in your storage unit.
Keep the electronics from the floor of the storage unit by placing them on top of pallets or wood boards. You don't want them to get ruined if there is rain or a flood nearby. To protect your computer monitors and television screens, get a dust cover to protect them before storing them. Covering them in comforters is another good option.
For more information, contact Regency Self Storage or a similar company.
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