Preparing Your Furniture For Long Term Storage

Preparing Your Furniture For Long Term Storage

Maybe you’re temporarily relocating out of Abu Dhabi or permanently moving to Dubai, but you haven’t yet located a permanent residence in your new locale. Perhaps you’re downsizing, undergoing a significant renovation, or simply wanting to get seasonal items like patio furniture out of the way. 

In all of these situations, storing your furniture in secure storage units in Dubai until it is required again is your best option. All you have to do now is keep an eye on your prized possessions while they’re in storage.

Whether it’s a treasured family antique or a budget-friendly dining set, you’ll want your stored furniture to look and feel the same as it did before it was put away. This is only feasible, however, if your belongings were properly prepped and safeguarded before being stored.

Furniture may live for decades in the appropriate atmosphere, but if stored poorly, even for a short time, it might succumb to humidity, temperature changes, or physical damage. Naturally, while storing furniture for an extended period of time, the danger of damage is significantly higher, and particular care must be taken to protect the safety of your prized possessions.

 

Prepare your Furniture for Storage by Cleaning It

The first step in prepping furniture for storage is to properly clean it. If you don’t, the dust or grime that has accumulated on the goods’ surfaces may cause irreparable harm while they are kept for months.

  • Use a soft, non-abrasive, and dry cloth, remove dust and other loose particles from the furniture surface. Avoid pushing or rubbing the dust particles into the beautiful surface of your furniture by doing it carefully.
  • Apply a suitable wood cleaning product to the wooden surfaces and wipe it out gently with a damp cloth to prepare wood furniture for storage. Then, to prevent the wood from drying out while the furniture is stored, apply a coat of furniture polish to all wooden surfaces, a process known as sealing.
  • Vacuum the upholstery thoroughly to remove any coarse particles before using a high-quality leather cleaner to prepare Leather Furniture for storage. To finish the cleaning process, wipe the leather with a dry cloth after some time. Finally, apply a leather protectant to the upholstery to keep it looking great for a long time.
  • To remove accumulated oxidation, polish all metal parts of your furniture
  • Before packing up any furniture that will be stored, make sure it is completely dry. Keep in mind that any amount of moisture trapped in your furniture can eventually lead to mold growth.

 

Pack your Furniture Right

Packing furniture for storage is the second step in the preparation process. If you do a good job here, you can rest assured that your items will be perfectly protected for as long as you need them to be stored.

  • Consider disassembling your largest pieces of furniture to make packing, transporting, and storing the individual pieces easier and safer. In addition to providing better protection for your belongings, the smaller size of the disassembled parts will allow you to make better use of your storage space.
  • To keep dust, dirt, and moisture off your furniture, wrap it in blankets, bed sheets, large pieces of cloth, or other suitable furniture covers. These soft and breathable protective materials will not only protect your wood or leather furniture from scratches and dents, but they will also allow air to circulate freely around it, preventing moisture buildup and mold growth.
  • All protruding parts of your furniture, such as legs, arms, ornaments, and so on, should be given extra protection. Wrap those fragile elements in soft padding and then cover them with sheets of bubble wrap.
  • Bubble wrap should never be placed directly on delicate wood or leather surfaces. It’s possible that doing so will cause condensation, which will allow mold and mildew to grow. 
  • Always use a second layer of protection over fabric or paper materials, such as plastic wrap, bubble wrap, or shrink wrap. As a result, because particle board furniture does not “breathe” as well as solid wood or leather, those chipboard furniture pieces can be wrapped in plastic wrap as a first line of defense.
  • Place cut-out pieces of thick cardboard over the glass parts found in some household furniture (doors, shelves, panels, etc.). Then add a sheet of bubble wrap to finish the protective covering.

To secure the protective materials, use small pieces of packing tape, but do not place them directly over the delicate furniture pieces.