South Georgia summer temperatures will be here before you know it. Not only does this mean more summer fun-in-the-sun but along with it comes that dreaded high humidity. While Stop N Stor offers both climate and non-climate storage options, many items put in storage require climate control to avoid damage from the heat and humidity. Other items (such as lawn mowers and vehicles – anything that is stored in a garage) may not need to be stored in climate-controlled units. Before deciding whether to rent a climate or non-climate-controlled unit, ask yourself these questions:
- Am I Storing Artwork or Photographs?
If you’re storing any artwork or photographs climate-controlled storage is essential to avoid damage to these irreplaceable items. The high temperatures and humidity of the low country can cause photographs to blend together or deteriorate over time, permanently damaging your priceless memories. The heat and humidity have the same effect on paintings, prints and other works of art. Keeping these items in a climate-controlled storage unit ensures that your portraits and memories will stand the test of time (and heat).
- Am I Storing Books, Paperwork or Documents?
Storing paperwork, books or business files in a non-climate-controlled unit can lead to moisture damage from humidity causing paper to warp. Important papers such as tax forms, financial documents and other business documents can take up valuable space in your office. To maximize space in your office or place of business while ensuring these documents maintain their condition, we recommend storing in a climate-controlled storage unit.
- Are my Items Electronic?
Probably one of the most important things to store in a climate-controlled environment are your electronics. Televisions, sound equipment, computers and monitors should all be placed in climate-controlled storage. Not only are these items costly to replace, but they are extremely vulnerable in drastic temperature changes. Long-term storage in high humidity can cause electronics to accumulate moisture which ultimately damages them both inside and out.
- Is my Furniture Wooden or Leather?
When exposed to high heat and humidity, wooden and leather furniture like bed frames, nightstands, entertainment centers, tables, couches and chairs can warp, crack or even rot. Climate-controlled storage is essential when storing living room, bedroom and dining room sets along with other wooden or leather furniture. For extra protection, furniture covers are also recommended.
- Are my Items Antiques or Collectibles?
If you’re storing something that is irreplaceable or of extreme value, you should always consider climate-controlled storage first. Antiques and collectibles may lose their value and may not retain quality if they aren’t stored properly. In order to preserve collectibles and antiques and maintain their best condition, we recommend storing in a climate-controlled unit and if possible with a protective cover.
Climate-controlled storage has benefits for almost all your self-stored items. Although it is more necessary in certain cases than others, extra protection for your items is always a great idea. To find a climate-controlled unit near you, visit one of our ten locations in Hinesville, Savannah, Pooler, Port Wentworth, and Richmond Hill, Georgia as well as our newest location in Bluffton, South Carolina. For information on pricing, locations, or to learn more about climate-controlled storage in the South Georgia and South Carolina areas click here or give one of our highly trained managers a call at 844-913-STOR (7876).
May is national small business month! Small business owners work very hard to build their company from the ground up. Owning a small business is no small feat, which is why we would like to share a few simple tips that can help grow and expand your business by utilizing business storage.
Your office shouldn’t double as a storage space, so let us help reduce office clutter by choosing one of our business storage units that’s right for you. There are a variety of reasons a business can benefit from business storage. If you are a small law firm or a small accounting firm, you have to keep a lot of important files and documents. Before you know it, paperwork and other documents are piled sky high taking over valuable work space. Business storage units are a great option for keeping your documents you don’t need every day safe, organized, and out of the way.
Tip #1: When packing up your files, remember to organize the documents you will need to access near the front of your business storage unit
For any small business, excess inventory, samples, and supplies can be cumbersome, taking up a lot of storage in your office. Take advantage of one of our convenient climate controlled units to store your pharmaceutical drugs and marketing material. If you are a small retail store, a business storage unit offers a great solution for sorting through inventory and switching out your seasonal items. Stop N Stor offers both climate and non-climate controlled units in various sizes so you can effectively choose the best storage unit that is right for your business.
Tip#2: Keep an itemized record of what you have stored, the quantity of items and where it is packed. Label boxes accordingly.
In addition, there are many reasons why you might need to store your furniture or office supplies throughout the year. Seasonality has a tendency to affect how many hires one business has at a time. If you are in the off-season and have extra furniture and desks crowding your workspace, we offer temporary storage solutions. Or, you may have extra computers or sensitive work equipment that need to be stowed away. If so, then you would benefit from one of our climate controlled storage units to help protect and preserve your office items from outside elements including humidity, pests, and dust.
Tip #3. When packing furniture, protect corners and edges with appropriate packing material. Consider using a climate controlled unit.
Business storage is great for renovation. You may be in the process of remodeling or painting, and need a place to store your items temporarily. If you are a small construction company and you need a place to store your equipment between jobs, we offer drive up units so you can access your equipment with ease. We offer free dollies to assist you with loading and unloading your heavy items. The cost of renting a storage unit is much lower than paying rent and overhead at a storefront or warehouse. We have 6 convenient locations serving the Pooler, Port Wentworth, Hinesville, and Savannah areas, so you can pick the facility that best suits your business needs.
There is no time like the present! Come see us today, and see how utilizing business storage can help increase your business work space and productivity! Visit us at www.stopnstorstorage.com to reserve your business storage unit online today!
There are many decisions and preparations that need to be made when deciding to move across town, to a different state or across the country. One of the major decisions that you need to make when you are moving is if you are going to hire a professional movers or if you will do the move on your own by renting a moving truck and volunteering friends and family to help. When choosing a moving company, you need to follow certain steps to fully prepare for the move. In some circumstances, professional movers will help pack boxes and prepare furniture as well as pack everything in to the moving truck. Unless you have experience as a mover, there are questions that you need to consider when packing a moving truck such as: How can you make sure that all of the items that you need to move will fit into the moving truck? How can the items in the truck be protected during the move?
If you are renting a moving truck to move items into a storage unit, the same truck packing concerns will apply. Stop N Stor has a variety of storage units in climate and non-climate in sizes from 5×5 to 10×30. If you are moving the contents of the entire home, a 10×30 storage unit is the best storage solution.
Renting a Moving Truck
When renting a moving van, truck, or trailer there are ways to make the rental experience easier. If you reserve the moving truck online via U-Haul, verify the pick-up and return destination. Before driving the moving truck off of the lot, visually inspect the vehicle for broken lights, leaks or other damages. In order to save time and money when renting a truck, have everything that you are moving ready to go the day of the truck rental. If you plan ahead for your moving day, you can save money on gas, mileage, & time.
How to Load a Moving Truck
Make sure that you rent the correct size of the moving truck or van that you need for your belongings. If you only have a few items, then you will not need a large moving truck. The key is to plan ahead thinking of what you need to move as well as being creative and concise in packing the moving truck. Following the eight tips below will help you to utilize every needed space in the truck and protect your belongings during transit.
- Compile moving and packing supplies, such as boxes, a moving dolly, furniture padding and tarps to cover your items, packing tape and straps to keep your items in place on the truck.
- Do not overload the truck’s weight limit as this could cause a drag to the truck, which results in using more gasoline. The weight of the items loading onto the truck should be evenly distributed on both sides.
- Load kitchen appliances and washer and dryers into the truck first. Place these at the back of the truck against the wall closest to the cab. Keep these appliances upright and covered by a tarp.
- When loading furniture onto a moving truck, place items such as mattresses, box springs, headboards, couches and table tops upright against the longest wall of the truck. Then, cover them with mattress and furniture pads. Dissemble bed frames and tables and place them near the table tops or mattresses. Secure the items to each other or to the truck with bungee cords or rope.
- After the furniture and larger items are put in the truck, then start loading in the packed boxes. Boxes can be placed on top of the appliances, but make sure that they are secure. Fill in the empty areas towards the back of the truck with boxes first and then move forward. Put the heavier boxes on the bottom of the stack of boxes and the lighter boxes should be on top. Stack the boxes to the ceiling of the truck with keeping like-sized boxes stacked together.
- Fill in leftover spaces with items that can be used as buffers such as bags of clothing, linens, bedding or pillows.
- Load the most fragile items, such as plants, unboxed lamps and electronics last on the truck.
- The last boxes on the truck will be the first ones that you need in your new home. These “open first” boxes should contain items that you would need right away in your new destination such as paper towels, bathroom needs, garbage bags and tools to reassemble your furniture.
By following simple moving and packing tips, you can fit everything that you need to in your moving truck and make the moving experience much easier. There will always be surprise set-backs on moving day, but if you know that you have planned as much ahead that you can then, you will be much happier.
Nothing compares taking the time to relax and escape to different worlds and times by opening a good hardbound book. Even with the popularity of e-books, people still continue to have large cook-book, children’s books or other collections in their homes. Books are great to have, enjoy and read, but they do take up a lot of space. There is always a need for a good book storage solution.
Book Storage Solutions for the Home
There are many great home book storage solutions. Depending on the amount of storage space in a home, people can store books in home libraries, while others have to be a bit more creative in how they store their book collections. Books can be stored in wicker decorative baskets that can be put on shelving units, under tables and in corners. For smaller houses and apartments, use ottomans, stools and chairs that have removable lids for book storage or store “up” using every wall space for additional book storage. Also, book shelves make great space dividers for smaller studio apartment or open living or dining rooms.
Organizing a Book Collection
The larger the collection of books, the harder it is to keep organized. Organizing a book collection can vary based on your style. Books can be placed on a book shelve based on author, genre or even the color of the cover. Most home organizers recommend separating fiction and non-fiction and then do separate categorization from there. Special or limited edition books can be very expensive and hard to replace. Special care needs to be given to these types of books. Store rare books in custom sleeves for added protection.
The ideal place to store books is an area in the home that is well-ventilated and not subject to big temperature changes. Do not store books in a spot with high humidity. Books should be stored upright so you can read the spine correctly. Books are designed to be stored this way and can be supported by other books to keep them stable. Do not store books with the binding or spine pointing up, this will crack the binding, ruining the book. Dusting books on a regular basis will help keep books clean over the long-term.
Storing a Book Collection in Self Storage
A storage unit is a great place to store excess books and other household storage items. When storing books in a storage unit, it is important to properly prepare and pack the books, so they stay in good condition. Below are eight tips for how to store books in a storage unit:
- Keep storage boxes out of direct sunlight and away from radiators and heating vents.
- Pack books in small or medium size boxes or plastic containers that are weatherproof and moisture-proof.
- For rare or limited edition books, take special care when placing them in storage. Wrap each book in a paper towel or cloth to protect the surface from dirt or residue buildup.
- Never wrap books in plastic bags, plastic wrap or foil.
- Store similar size books together, lying flat in the box. Do not stand the books in the box with their spines as this can damage the spines over time.
- Put heaviest books at the bottom of the container and go to lighter books, such as paperbacks at the top of the box. Make sure the boxes are packed tightly and use filler material to finish filling the box.
- Seal the boxes with packing tape. Label the boxes with a list of the contents.
- If possible, place boxes of books on shelving in the storage unit.
Stop N Stor has a variety of climate controlled and non-climate controlled storage units from 5×5 to 10×30 that are perfect for storing everything from a comic book collections to a cookbook collection. Stop by any of our six locations in Hinesville, Port Wentworth or Savannah to see how our storage professionals can help you with any of your residential or household storage needs.
Self storage is a great storage solution for many types of businesses from retail to construction to restaurants. A self storage unit can be used to store retail inventory overstock, office equipment and business documents. But, where do the construction companies, contractors, plumbers and electricians, store their tools and equipment? They store it at a self storage facility!
Contractors, plumbers and electricians usually work out of their vans, trucks or their homes, most do not have “brick and mortar” locations or buildings to store their equipment. The cost of renting a storage unit is much lower than paying for rent and utilities for a storefront or a warehouse. Using a self storage unit for plumbing and electrical tools and equipment storage helps contractors keep their overhead low and their budget in-check. Storing plumbing equipment at a self storage facility is a cost-effective solution for plumbing and electrical contractors to easily keep their tools, equipment and piping all in one place and allow their vans or trucks to be less cluttered.
Self Storage for Electricians
Electricians are tradesman who design, install, maintain and troubleshoot electrical wiring systems in homes, commercial buildings and large pieces of industrial equipment. Electricians can install new electrical systems, repair power outages for homes and businesses as well as troubleshoot and repair electrical issues. Electricians use a variety of tools during the course of the day including wires, tape, power drills and saws, and smaller tools such as pliers, screwdrivers and wire strippers. They also will have a supply of lighting fixtures, fuses and other electrical needs. A self storage unit is a convenient place for electricians to store their electrical tools and equipment.
Self Storage for Plumbers
Plumbers are trained to do a variety of jobs including installing or fixing home heating systems or hot water tanks, fitting bathrooms and kitchens and making emergency calls for issues that could arise. Plumbers have to use a variety of tools in their day-to-day repairing or installing projects. They have to have pipes, Teflon tape, plungers and augers of all types on-hand at all times for their work. Because of the increase in the cost of building and plumbing supplies, plumbers purchase building materials in bulk to keep their overall costs down. Having a place store these items, such as a self storage unit, is a great and low cost storage solution.
Storing Plumbing & Electrical Equipment in Self Storage
Most self storage facilities have 24/7 computerized gate access hours allowing contractors, electricians and plumbers to access their tools before they need to be on the job site. Self storage facilities have drive-up storage units, which allows for easy access for contractors to load and unload their equipment. Safety and security measures such as well-lit facilities, video surveillance and keypad entry gates give tradespeople peace-of-mind that their equipment will be safe while in storage. Self storage units come in a variety of sizes in both climate and non-climate controlled giving the contractor a range of storage solutions.
Stop N Stor makes it easy for contractors, electricians, and plumbers to store their equipment with our construction storage solutions. Stop by our six Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah locations to see how we can help with your plumbing and electrician contracting storage needs.
Collecting comic books, toys and sporting cards has become a very big business and there are many industries that have been created just around buying, selling and storing these specific items. Comic books and sports trading cards have always been highly collectible with collections being passed down from generation to generation.
Most people will store their childhood comic book collection in their attic or basement. While this is a handy place to put the comic books in a home, it actually isn’t the best place to store them in order to keep them in good condition. Extreme temperatures, especially in a hot and humid attic, can damage the paper of the comic books. The best place to store comic books is in humidity or climate controlled environment. If there is not room at home to properly display or store comic books, then the next best option would be to store the collectibles in a self-storage unit. Climate controlled storage units help protect your comic book collections from extreme temperatures and humidity.
Stop N Stor offers a variety of storage unit sizes that are perfect for storing a comic book collection. A 5’x5’ or 10’x10’ storage unit would be an ideal size to store comic book storage boxes. If there is enough space, add shelving to the storage unit to make storing the comic book collection more organized.
Comic Book Storage Tips
The condition of the comic book will affect the value of the comic book over time. Therefore, it is very important to make sure that the collectibles are properly packaged and prepared for storage. There are many comic book storage ideas that have been created to keep comic books in pristine condition. Most comic book stores will be able to provide you with these storage materials. If you follow the comic book storage tips below, your collection will continue to stay in good form:
- Protecting Comic Books-Place individual comic books in protective polypropylene sheets with acid-free packing boards. The bags protect the comic books from fingerprints, scuffs and moisture. The boards, stored inside the bag, keep the comic book stiff and flat as well as helps to prevent bending and curling of the paper. Change out the boards every 2-5 years in order to keep the board from changing the color of the comic.
- Mylar Protection Sheets-For more valuable comics, use Mylar comic book protector sheets for storing purposes.
- Comic Book Storage Boxes-Store comic books in acid free comic book storage boxes. The comic book boxes come in two different sizes: long and short. The short box can hold up to 200 comics. The long box can fit up to 250 comics. Store the comic books standing up in the boxes.
- Filing Cabinets-There are other comic book storage ideas such as storing a collection in filing cabinets or specially made cabinets as an alternative to storing in boxes.
- Binding Comic Books-If you do not plan on selling the comic books in the future, then consider binding volumes of comic books together in a book or placing in a binder. This ultimately reduces the value of the comic book, but binding could make it easier to read, transport and store.
- Comics Storage Tip-When storing comics, keep them away from direct sunlight as this can fade the colors of the book. Also, avoid storing comic books in wet, hot or drafty areas.
Renting a self storage unit is a great way to store large and small comic book collections. When storing the comic book storage boxes, do not stack the boxes too high and stack all like-sized boxes together. The larger comic book storage boxes can get heavy when they are completely full. Filing cabinets used for storing comic books can easily be moved into a storage unit. The state-of-the-art security at Stop N Stor gives our customers peace of mind their comic book collections are safe and secure while in storage.
New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year and get excited for the wonders and challenges of the New Year. The Savannah area offers a variety of ways to celebrate the New Year from attending parties at hotels to ringing in the New Year with fireworks and thousands of your closest friends! Below is a list of just a few of the activities taking place on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in the Savannah area:
Up the Cup New Year’s Eve Celebration
Savannah’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration is at Rousakis Plaza on River Street in historic downtown Savannah. Savannah Waterfront Association presents the third annual Up the Cup New Year’s Eve Celebration. The festivities include free entertainment and watching the “non-traditional 6 foot to-go cup” drop at midnight! Afterwards, there is a huge fireworks display over the Savannah River.
Savannah’s City Market will be hosting an outdoor street party to ring in the New Year. The entertainment starts at 9pm and lasts until 1am at the Wild Wig Café Stage near Ellis Square. No tickets or reservations are needed. However, if you plan on celebrating at the restaurants in the area, you will need to make reservations.
New Year’s Eve at Westin Savannah
Treat yourself to a New Year’s Celebration at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa. There are two events: The Night at Aqua Star Seafood Kitchen, which is family friendly and The Celebration in the Harbor Ballroom. Both events will have live entertainment, party favors, a toast at midnight and more.
Savannah River Cruise New Year’s Celebrations
The Savannah Riverboat Cruises are offering special packages to celebrate the New Year in style. They offer a dinner cruise (perfect for families), party cruise to ring in the New Year or a full-on formal New Year’s Eve gala.
Tybee Island Fireworks
Tybee Island rings in 2016 with a spectacular fireworks display set off from Tybee Pier. The display is the largest New Year’s Eve fireworks display in the Southeastern United States. The fireworks can be viewed from the beach or any of the many beachfront restaurants. The next day, take the plunge into the Atlanta Ocean at the 16th Annual Tybee Polar Bear Plunge. All proceeds going to the Tybee Post Theater.
Wild Night on Ossabow Island
As an alternative to the usual New Year’s Eve party, connect with nature at A Wild Night on Ossabaw Island. This overnight event includes camping overnight, a great meal, champagne toast at midnight, walking tour of the north end of the island and discussions around the campfire.
No matter how you celebrate New Year’s Eve, it is important to be safe and to have a great time. Stop N Stor wishes everyone a safe and Happy New Year! We look forward to being your source for all of your storage needs in Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah in 2016!
The end of 2015 is just a few weeks away and there are many holiday attractions and events see and do in the Savannah area! Savannah has a variety of traditional holiday events including annual Christmas light displays, outdoor skating and visits with Santa Claus! Below are just a few of the “not-to-miss” holiday events in the Savannah area this year.
Savannah Festival of Lights
The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa and the Savannah Harbor Foundation host The Savannah Festival of Lights now to December 24th. There is a gingerbread village and competition, daily performances or events presented by local organizations and visits with Santa Claus at his workshop. This weekend, there will be a special 3D video and light projection performance on the side of the resort building! Friday, Saturday and Sunday will have different holiday themes for the light show.
December Nights and Holiday Lights
The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens will be transformed into December Nights and Holiday Lights nightly through December 24th. Visitors can stroll through the six acres of themed garden areas. This year, there is a model trail display in the conference center. There are also special entertainment on holiday events for the entire family during the weekends.
Tybee for the Holidays
Tybee Island celebrates the holiday season with Tybee for the Holidays with family friendly fun for the entire holiday season. Decorate your bicycles for The Tybee Island Tour de Lights Bike Parade on Saturday, December 19th starting at 5pm. Step back in time at Fort Pulaski to commemorate the Confederate Nog party of 1861 on December 18th and 19th. Visitors can take a candlelight tour of the fort, enjoy music and caroling and re-live the festive atmosphere of the Nog party. The holiday festivities will end with the famous Tybee Island fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
Holiday Trolley Tours
The holiday season is a wonderful time to take one of the many trolley tours around the city. One of the best known holiday tours is the Old Town Trolley Tours which offers tours through December 24th. The tours takes visitors through Savannah’s historic squares and districts to see the beautifully decorated homes and gardens. There are stops at the Davenport House and Savannah Festival of Lights.
To help to get in the winter and cold-weather mindset, head to the Savannah Civic Center for Skatefest at the Savannah Civic Center starting December 12th through January 2nd. Each skating session lasts 1.5 hours and is a great activity for the entire family!
“A Christmas Tradition”
The Savannah Theater presents their annual holiday show, “A Christmas Tradition” now through December 26th. The 2 hour show mixes holiday standards, comedy, Christmas characters, singing, dancing and more.
Enjoy all the wonderful holiday traditions that Savannah has to offer during this time of the year. Stop N Stor will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so our storage professionals can enjoy the holidays with their friends and family. Stop N Stor wishes our customers, family and friends a wonderful holiday season!
Savannah has become a culinary destination. The restaurants in the Savannah are being recognized for great seafood, down-home cooking and American cuisine. This week, Savannah celebrates its expanding food culture with The Savannah Food and Wine Festival . The event stars November 9th and runs through November 15th at different venues throughout the city. The festival is presented by the Tourism Leadership Council.
World’s Largest Lowcountry Boil
To kick off the food festival, take part in the World’s Largest Lowcountry Boil on Saturday, November 7th from 4:30pm to 7pm at Hutchinson Island, Riverfront Esplanade. The Lowcountry Boil, Savannah’s signature dish, contains shrimp, sausage, potatoes, corn onions, garlic and of course, some secret ingredients. There will also be a shrimp eating contest.
Savannah Food and Wine Festival Events
The Savannah Food and Wine Festival has many signature events that allows festival attendees to enjoy culinary experiences from cooking demonstrations to actual chef meals with culinary and wine experts and local and regional chefs. Different areas and venues in town are sponsoring events such as the River Street Stroll, Secret Savannah Speakeasy, Grand Reserve Wine Tasting, Taste of Savannah and Celebrity Chef Tours just to name a few. Each of these events require special pad admission and tickets and are selling out fast.
The main event of the Savannah Food and Wine Festival is the Taste of Savannah event on Saturday, November 14th. This year, the Taste of Savannah is being held at the Georgia State Railroad Museum. Tickets for the afternoon event allows you to drink and wine samples. Savannah’s best restaurants will be participating with samples available for purchase. There will also be cooking demonstrations, hands-on learning experiences, an Artisan Market, a celebrity author’s tent, silent auction and much more!
The Master Class Series, taking place at the Mansion on Forsyth Park every day during the festival, will feature cooking demonstrations and classes, wine tasting classes and more from local and regional chefs, wine experts and more. The Celebrity Chef Tour, benefiting the James Beard Foundation takes place on November 11th at the Mansion on Forsyth Park. This dinner is a unique experience bringing together chefs and beverage experts from around the world to create a great a six course interactive dining experience. The River Street Stroll takes the food festival along the best meeting place in Savannah: River Street. Special food and drink tasting events will take place on Friday, November 13th. A new event this year is the Secret Savannah Speakeasy at the Georgia State Railroad Museum where attendees can enjoy local food, drink, music and entertainment in a “Roaring 20’s” theme. There are also cooking demonstrations and classes taught by chefs and culinary experts throughout the week. You can buy advance tickets to the Savannah Food and Wine Festival today! Get them before they sell out!
Stop N Stor is proud to be a member of the Savannah community and loves to share its culinary delights!
Autumn marks the beginning of slightly cooler weather and of pumpkin-flavored everything! When the weather starts to cool and the leaves start to drop off of the trees, it signals that it is time to start thinking about preparing and moving outdoor items such as patio furniture into storage for the winter months. If you prepare outdoor chairs and patio furniture properly, then they can easily be set up and to be used again when the weather warms up again.
If you decide to keep the patio furniture outside throughout the winter months, it is important to have it covered with water tight coverings to protect it from the elements. Remove the fabric cushions and place them in a fully sealed outdoor storage container. As an alternative, putting your patio furniture into a self storage unit and keeping it out of the elements will help prolong its life. Stop N Stor has a variety of self storage units, climate controlled and non-climate controlled, in sizes ranging from 5×5 to 10×30 for all of your household storage needs. Our storage units are easily accessible allowing for our renters to easily move their outdoor furniture into and out of their storage units.
Tips for Storing Patio Furniture for the Winter Months
Making sure to properly preparing patio and outdoor furniture is important for continual use. As with any outdoor items, including lawn equipment such as lawn mowers and gardening tools, make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning and storing. Below, learn easy to follow tips to prep patio items for the winter months.
- Inspect the chairs, tables, cushions and table umbrella to see if anything is broken or needs to be repaired before going in storage. If the patio furniture appears broken beyond repair, then it is time to dispose of them.
- Thoroughly clean your patio furniture before placing it in your self storage unit. First, clean off pollen and dirt from the furniture with a dry cloth then, wet clean the furniture based on manufacturer instructions.
- Clean the fabric or canvas cushions with a solution of Lysol and hot water. The fabric and filings for the furniture cushions should be completely dry before placing in storage. Cushions will survive longer if stored in a dry cool place such as a storage unit.
- Wash wicker, mesh or plastic furniture and wrought iron chairs with a solution of mild dishwater soap and water. Clean wooden furniture with wood oil soap. Let the furniture dry completely after rinsing off the cleaning solution.
- Clean patio umbrellas according to manufacturer’s instructions. Canvas should be cleaned first by brushing off dirt and then cleaning the surface with warm water and mild soap. The umbrella should be completely dry before storing. The wooden frame can be cleaned with wood polish or wax.
- To keep the furniture protected, wipe the wicker or wood furniture with a furniture grade wax, aluminum or plastic furniture with a car wax and metal furniture with a silicone sealant spray.
- When placing patio furniture in a storage unit, stack patio furniture chairs on top of one another to gain extra storage space. Remove the legs of the patio table to give more space in the storage unit. Keep all screws and nuts together in a plastic bag attached to the table legs.