Simple Guidelines on Furniture Preparation and Removal for Long-Term Storage

Posted on: 9 February 2017


Furniture removal is a suitable process choice if you have antique or older pieces that do not match your décor or even more items than you require in your home. In ideal circumstances, you can sell or give away the furniture after removal from your interior space. However, if you would like to store the furniture for your children or keep them secure until you have a larger home, you should consider renting a storage unit. Here are simple guidelines on preparing your furniture for removal and long-term storage.

Clean the Furniture

You should clean the surfaces of the furniture before putting the pieces into storage. This will limit the risk of long-term staining, and clean furniture will not attract pests and vermin. In most cases, you can clean the surfaces with a damp cloth to eliminate the usual dirt. You should also consider using specialty cleaners for materials such as leather, glass and even metal for the best results. Once you complete cleaning, allow the surfaces to dry completely. If moisture is trapped on the furniture, the surfaces will be more susceptible to mould, discolouration and rot.

Consider Disassembly

Removal of residential furniture can be difficult, especially if you have opted for self-removal instead of engaging professional movers. Fortunately, you can make the pieces easier to handle by disassembling into smaller units. Beds, dressers and long couches can often be separated into easy-to-handle pieces. However, some forms of furniture like tables, large chairs and shorter sofas are hard to disassemble. In this case, you can remove the cushions and legs for easier handling.

Use Covered Protection

Storage facilities are normally secure, but they are not always sufficiently protected from dust and general dirt. In addition, the journey from your home to the rental unit can be harsh for the furniture. Therefore, you should provide proper protective cover for the furniture after disassembly. If you have glass pieces and mirrors as part of your load, you should cover them with bubble wrap for optimal protection. However, it is not advisable to utilise plastic for covering leather, fabric and wood. These materials need to breathe; otherwise, moisture will be trapped and they will sustain damage. Therefore, cover the surfaces with travel blankets, general cloths or sheets for better performance.

Finally, you should place your furniture strategically within your unit. This will ensure proper usage of the space, promote air circulation and reduce clutter. In addition, when the time for collection comes, you will be able to achieve convenient access.