Mattress Storage

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Mattress Storage

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Whether you’re moving, remodeling your home, or just have too much stuff lying around, sometimes there just isn’t enough space. As you prepare your belongings for storage, there are some items that need to be prepared a certain way to ensure that they stay in good condition and are ready for you to use when they come back out. One such item is your mattress. Not only are mattresses heavy and bulky, but it’s also very important to keep them clean, dry, and protected when placing them into storage. Below, Porta-Stor will go over what you need to do for proper mattress storage, so you don’t find a moldy, torn mess when you go to retrieve it later.

Clean It

Before you take any other steps when it comes to storing your mattress, you need to strip off all of the linens and make sure it’s as clean as possible. Your mattress is an investment, and with the proper care, it can stay in good shape for many years. The first step is to vacuum both sides. One great trick is to sprinkle some baking soda onto the mattress and let it sit for a couple of hours before you vacuum up the powder. This helps naturally eliminate some of the odors that might be lingering on the surface. Once it has been vacuumed well, clean it with a good upholstery cleaner.

Wrap It in Plastic

Once you’ve cleaned your mattress and given it enough time to dry, you should wrap the entire thing in plastic. Don’t completely seal it up with a heavy plastic that will trap moisture inside, as this can cause your mattress to grow mold and develop a bad smell over time. Instead, use a light plastic covering with some ventilation for airflow. This will protect the mattress from dust, water, and minor scratches and dings while allowing it to stay fresh. Once you have your mattress wrapped in the plastic, secure it with clear packing tape to make sure that it stays in place as it’s moved from place to place.

If you think you will need to keep the mattress in storage for a long period of time, you might consider purchasing a mattress bag. These are designed to prevent mold from growing, and they help make sure your mattress stays dry and protected.

Get Ready to Move It

There are so many things to think about as you plan a move or remodel and go to place items into storage. Oftentimes, moving your mattress falls to the bottom of the list. It does need a plan in place though, because your mattress is bulky, difficult to move, and can get damaged if improperly stored. Make sure that there’s enough clearance in your home and in the storage area, so that it will fit through all doorways and walkways. You don’t want to tear the protective plastic or bend and twist the mattress to the point that damage is done.

It’s also important to plan to use a vehicle that covers the mattress completely. Just tying a mattress down into the bed of a pickup truck or onto the top of a car is dangerous. It can get bent by the pressure of the wind, become damaged by the straps during sharp turns, or even come loose and hit the ground or another car. It can also collect dirt, bugs, and other debris from the road and surrounding air. The best solution is to place it into a shipping container or moving truck.

Putting Your Mattress into Storage

Once you’ve decided on a storage location and made sure there’s enough clearance and space for this large item, you should also ensure that it will be stored up off of the ground and laid flat. This will help prevent damage from floor debris, bugs, and water. Even if you have your mattress wrapped in plastic and secured, this step provides an extra layer of protection. You can boost it up using bricks, milk boxes, wooden boards, or other handy items.

Laying your mattress flat keeps it in the same position it’s in when being used on a frame and prevents warping over time due to gravity. If you store a mattress upright or leaning over for long periods of time, the coils can move out of position and the cushion can start to sag or even fall apart. For similar reasons, also don’t store heavy items on top of the mattress. If you follow these guidelines, it should still be in good shape when you’re ready to use it again.

Moving Your Mattress Out of Storage

When you go to move your belongings out of storage, including your mattress, you’ll want to follow many of the same steps listed above. Make sure there’s enough space and clearance on every step of the moving process, and move the mattress in a protective covering inside a shipping container while on the road.

Once you have safely moved your mattress from storage to its new home, unwrap it from the plastic coverings and let it air out for a couple of hours. For an extra boost of freshness, sprinkle some baking soda on it again and give it a good vacuuming on all sides. If it seems to need it, clean it again with your upholstery cleaner of choice. Then make sure that it’s completely dry before putting it into place and covering it up with sheets.

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Your mattress might be one of the last things you think about as you go to store your belongings, because there are just so many other steps to worry about during a move or remodeling job. Make sure you add all of your home’s mattresses to the list of priorities when it comes to planning to store your furniture. Mattresses are pricey, and even a little bit of damage can greatly affect your sleep, so it’s important to prepare them properly for storage.

Storage for Farms and Ranches

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Storage for Farms and Ranches

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When you think of portable storage containers, storage for personal home belongings and construction sites probably comes to mind. However, there are many other uses for those mobile, versatile boxes, including the storage of crops, equipment, and other goods on a farm or ranch. These containers are convenient for on-site storage, since they take up minimal space and are easily moved around and set up.

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Ranchers and farmers both require extra storage space from time to time, and portable storage containers are an inexpensive alternative to shipping out and storing your equipment elsewhere or building an extra structure on the land. Below, Porta-Stor will take a look at how you can use portable storage containers to provide easy extra storage space for crops, equipment, and more on your local farm or ranch!

Harvest and Food Storage

When the times comes to harvest your crops, you’ll need a plan for where you’ll store them until it’s time to sell and ship them. This requires a lot of storage space. Oftentimes, the solution is to build and expand upon large permanent structures on the land, but these are limited in their capabilities. They take up a lot of space, they can overflow if there is a bountiful harvest, they aren’t mobile, and it’s difficult to control the storage temperature that’s needed to keep the crops fresh. Using a storage container will not only give you more storage space on your farm, but it can also provide climate-controlled space and is a more secure storage option for your goods. Not to mention the fact that by storing your crops in a portable storage container, they are already packed up and ready to be shipped to their destination when the time arrives.

These containers are especially good for storing dry, resilient plants such as:

  • Hay and straw
  • Soy beans
  • Corn

Climate-Controlled Storage

If you need to store goods that are temperature sensitive, choosing a climate-controlled option is a great idea. Recently, farmers have also been turning shipping containers into portable, modular greenhouses to help grow some of the more sensitive crops, such as those that need to be started before a large planting season or ones that need a hydroponic environment. However, this type of farming system often requires modification that can only be done if you own the container. Some options available for farm-based storage containers include:

  • Hydroponic greenhouses
  • Above-ground cheese caves
  • Wine cellars
  • Crop overflow storage

If you’re struggling with crop storage, consider using a portable storage container to give your farm some easy extra space while keeping your crops fresh and protected from the elements.

Ranches

As with farms, ranches can also find a lot of uses for portable storage containers. These businesses often require huge amounts of land, so the ability to quickly and easily move stored equipment from one place to another is a great benefit. If you don’t need certain pieces of equipment until specific times of the year, you can remove the container from the property until it’s needed later.

Adaptable Farm Storage

For many farmers, it’s crucial to keep up-to-date on the latest trends in crops. Portable storage containers provide important flexibility when it comes to expanding and reducing storage space and shipping goods wherever they need to be sent. As a recent example, take the growing CBD and hemp industry. The use of portable storage containers is helping every aspect of this business, from equipment and crop storage to shipment.

There are many ways that portable storage containers can be used in a growing industry, and they can help your business grow as well. Shipping containers can give you more storage space, more security, and more room to develop your business. No matter what type of crop you’re growing or animal you’re tending, a portable storage container can help by providing the versatility of extra storage space along with shipment capabilities.

Storing Family Heirlooms

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Storing Family Heirlooms

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Many families maintain treasured possessions that are handed down each generation, becoming more sentimental and/or valuable as time goes on. However, when it’s your turn to cherish these items and keep them safe for the next generation, the task can seem more stressful than sentimental.

If you don’t have a reason to use these heirlooms right now, but want to keep ahold of them, you’ll need storage space. Maybe they can fit in a cabinet, chest, or spare bedroom, but not everyone has the room to spare. In addition, many family heirlooms are made of materials that are sensitive to heat and moisture, making the garage and attic less than ideal solutions. And if you live in an area that’s prone to environmental hazards, such as flooding or fires, you’ll want extra protection that your garage or basement can’t provide.

If you want your belongings to last for several more generations, you need to be especially careful when it comes to storing these precious family heirlooms. Below, Porta-Stor will take a look at a few reasons why you would want to use a portable storage container to keep these items safe and secure and out of the way.

Your Location

If you live somewhere that has major seasonal changes, it can be hazardous to some family heirlooms, especially papers and photographs. Keeping items like these up in an attic space or garage that changes temperature frequently can damage them beyond repair. If you keep them in the basement, they could be ruined by moisture. This is an even bigger problem if your home is in an area that frequently sees flooding, forest fires, mudslides, or other risks. If you know that your precious family heirlooms could be in danger if left in your location for several years, consider using a portable storage container to store them.

Let’s take a look at the types of items that require special storage considerations and shouldn’t be left to a garage, attic, or basement:

Papers and Photographs

Paper and photos are some of the most delicate family heirlooms you can acquire, and require more care to store than most others. As time goes on, these items become more brittle and can be damaged by temperature changes and moisture or ruined by being mishandled. Often these heirlooms are destroyed before the family realizes there is a problem by being stored in improper locations.

Anything from your childhood report cards to those war photos of your grandpa will be damaged or even ruined if not stored correctly. Here are some tips to give you the best chance at preserving paper and pictures for as long as possible:

  • Before you place them into storage, take a digital photo of each item or scan it onto a computer. This will ensure that you have a digital copy, should something happen to the original over time.
  • Do not write on photographs in ink, as it can bleed through. Include documentation on a separate piece of paper.
  • Do not use paper clips or rubber bands to hold these items together. (These materials can damage papers and pictures).
  • Place papers and photos in acid-free envelopes or sleeves to ensure that they are as protected from damage as they can be over the years.

Fabric Heirlooms

Have you been gifted boxes of textiles and quilts from your grandmother? These heirlooms took a lot of time and care to make, so keeping them in good condition to hand down is important. There are better ways to store these types of heirlooms than in cardboard boxes or shoved into the back of your linen closet. Even the best-looking and sturdiest textiles can crumble to dust if they have been stored improperly.

As you prepare to store these linens and textiles, make sure you wrap them in acid-free paper and store them in acid-free boxes. Not only will this protect them from any substances that are acidic enough to wear away at them over time, but it will also protect them from dust and moisture. When storing fabric at home, it’s best to place them in a closet or cedar chest once they are safely wrapped up. However, if you’re worried about storing them in your home for any reason, especially if the area is prone to wildfires, floods, or other extreme weather events, you can always store these heirlooms in a secure, protective portable storage container.

Wooden Furniture Heirlooms

Furniture that’s decades or even centuries old adds charm to any home, but there may come a time when you just don’t have enough space to showcase these beautiful family heirlooms. So how can you store them to ensure that they’re safe and protected? You can check out Porta-Stor’s blog on furniture storage here, but the basics are to ensure that each piece is clean and dry before placing it into storage.

When it comes to cleaning wooden furniture, wipe it down with a mild dish soap and water. You can use a soft bristle toothbrush to clean inside the crevices. Then dry the piece off immediately, as sitting water can harm wood quickly. You can then further protect the piece by rubbing it down with some wood furniture oil with a clean soft cloth.

Once your furniture is clean and dry, take apart any pieces that can be removed. Take a complete inventory of the pieces and protect each one with bubble wrap. As you place a wooden heirloom in a storage container, make sure it’s covered with a soft moving blanket or other soft, heavy cloth material. This will protect the piece from moisture buildup while letting it breathe (wood naturally expands and contracts). Using a climate controlled storage container will ensure that the wood stays in the best condition over time and will be sturdy to use again when you have the space.

Antique Jewelry Heirlooms

Antique jewelry is a commonly handed down heirloom and can be the trickiest to store properly. All antique jewelry should be stored at room temperature and kept away from direct sunlight, extreme heat or cold, and frequent temperature changes. Wrap up those antique engagement rings and intricate brooches in soft microfiber cloth and store them in a sturdy box. Once you have these items safely packed up, place them in a storage container to keep them out of the way and protected. You can learn more about jewelry storage here.

Other antiques, such as dishes and trinkets, need to be stored in a similar fashion to jewelry. Safely wrap them in a soft cloth and place them in a sturdy wood or acid-free box. Here’s a guide on safely packing dishes and other breakable items.

Getting Family Heirlooms out of the House

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Whether you don’t have adequate space to store your family heirlooms or you’re fearful of burglary or extreme weather events around your home, using a portable storage container can ease your mind and keep your heirlooms safe. From wildfires to floods, there are times when you just need to grab what you can and go. When this means grabbing only the essentials, it will leave you wondering if all of those precious family heirlooms will ok once you return. Having these items safely stored in a storage container can keep them protected from the elements of the area and free of dust and debris.

No matter what you need to store or why you need to store it, the use of a storage container is a smart one. From furniture to jewelry, there are some family heirlooms that need extra love and care. A storage container will ease your mind, keep the heirlooms safe, and allow you to keep the space in your home for what you need, not what you need to store.

Construction Site Storage Container Rental

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Construction Site Storage Container Rental

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When it comes to building construction, there are two major types: remodeling and building a brand new structure. Either way, the construction site is bound to need some extra storage space. Any construction requires lots of tools, materials, and other supplies. When remodeling a building, there can be preexisting furniture, appliances, electronics, and other bulky items that need to be moved out of the way in addition to the new building supplies. Any large construction project, no matter what type, can benefit from a portable storage container at the job site. Here, Porta-Stor will take a look at some of the reasons why a construction site would need extra storage and what makes portable storage containers a good option for any construction job.

More Time

If you place a portable storage container at a construction site, you will save the workers loads of time. Having extra storage on-site allows the workers to safely keep their tools and supplies nearby to access when each piece is needed. It will also keep these items protected from the elements. A portable storage container can store materials such as drywall, lumber, glass, and more. Instead of having to travel from a business warehouse location to the job site, the workers can just grab the supplies they need on a daily basis. This setup gives construction sites more efficiency, allowing the job to get done in a shorter amount of time.

More Mobility

Using a portable storage container at a construction site is a great way to keep the materials mobile. A storage container has the ability to be loaded up and moved wherever needed, despite its large size. You can easily move materials between warehouses, stores, job sites, and more permanent storage locations. This makes portable storage a smart option for your business, since your equipment and supplies can move from one site to the next as quickly as you do.

This perk saves you even more time in the long run. Knowing that your containers of materials can be picked up and moved to the next location will save you planning time. It will also reduce the back and forth travel time getting your supplies from one location to the next with a less efficient option.

Overall Best Construction Site Storage Solution

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You know that having what you need for your job right there on-site is your best option, but placing a permanent storage shed is costly and inconvenient when the job is over. By renting a portable storage container for your construction site, you’re providing a convenience that will save you and your workers time and money. The supplies and equipment can be easily and efficiently accessed and moved when needed. Portable storage containers are also a great way for you to ensure that your equipment is safe from the elements as well as thieves or vandals. They offer security and safety while providing easy accessibility for authorized workers.

Extra Remodeling Storage

If your construction site is for a home or workplace remodeling job, client convenience is a top priority. A portable storage container is a great way to not only keep a building owner’s belongings nearby during a remodel, but it also keeps building supplies close at hand. The container can be placed on-site, allowing for materials such as new cabinets or windows to be right there when needed. No more waiting on supplies to be delivered the day they need to be installed. These containers also maintain a level of security for the owners who need to have their belongings stored during the remodeling process.

Portable storage containers are helpful to everyone on a construction site. They provide extra storage space for construction materials and equipment while also providing protection and mobility. From building supplies to a client’s belongings, renting a storage container on-site is the best option for your construction site storage needs. Keep everything close, convenient, and protected while saving money and keeping the job running smoothly.

Appliance Storage Tips

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Appliance Storage Tips

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Whether you’re remodeling your home or office or need some extra storage while moving between locations, it’s important to make sure that any stored appliances are safe from wear and tear, moisture, and any other type of damage that might occur. Some are small enough to pack safely into boxes, but others are bulky and require more creative storage solutions. Appliances are not cheap and are often used daily, and storing them correctly will keep you from having to replace them as quickly. Keep your belongings in good working order by following Porta-Stor’s dos and don’ts when it comes to appliance storage!

Clean Your Appliances

No matter what type of appliance you need to store, there’s a crucial first step to take before packing it up: make sure that it’s completely clean, both inside and out. Run a hot cycle with soap, vinegar, or bleach through appliances such as washing machines, coffeemakers, and dishwashers before you store them. Run a hot cycle through your dryer as well. You will also want to scrub clean your refrigerator, deep freezer, and oven before you store them. Check the manual for each appliance if you have questions about how to safely and properly clean them. After washing an appliance and before packing it up, dry it out completely. If you don’t take the time to fully clean and dry your appliances before putting them into storage, they could develop a foul smell and any grime left on the surface will harden and become much more difficult to clean when you get it back.

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Deodorize Your Appliances

Once your appliances are clean, they are ready to be packed away. However, there are a few more steps you can take to keep bad odors from developing inside. For appliances such as your dryer, washer, refrigerator, and microwave, leave the doors slightly ajar once they have been placed in their storage location. This helps prevent the stale smell that can get trapped inside over time. Along with keeping those doors slightly ajar, you can also place a small disc of coffee grounds or baking soda inside the appliances while they’re being stored. These two substances are great natural deodorizers that can help keep that sour smell away.

Safely Store Your Appliances

Once you have your appliances clean, dry, deodorized, and ready to be stored, the next step is to store them safely and securely. Disconnect all hoses and cords that can be removed from the appliance and store them safely inside the appliance or in a clearly labeled container nearby. If any cords or hoses cannot be disconnected, roll them up and tape them down to the appliance. This will ensure that they won’t get damaged while being moved around. When organizing your storage container, stand your appliances upright. Once in place, cover them with a protective plastic sheet or moving blanket. This will keep them free of dust and debris and make them less likely to get scratched or dented. Don’t place heavy appliances on top of other items such as furniture, and make sure that everything is stable and will not tip over easily.

No matter how long you need to store your appliances, it’s important to go through all of the steps listed above. This will ensure that they stay clean, safe, and ready to install back into your building when needed. Appliances are an investment to protect, and there are ways to store them that will keep them in great condition.

How to Pack a Portable Storage Container

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How to Pack a Portable Storage Container

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There are many reasons why you might need to utilize a portable storage container this year. It could be to store your furniture while you renovate your building, to free up some space for all of your seasonal sports gear, or to provide extra storage space on-site for your construction company. Whatever the reason, one problem remains the same: to maximize your storage space.

As you put your belongings into a portable storage container, the way you pack is important for providing the most extra storage space while keeping your belongings secure and undamaged. Below, Porta-Stor will take a look at how to pack your portable storage container the right way!

How to Pack with Portable Shelving

If you’re storing small boxes or loose items that won’t stack easily, you should consider adding some shelving to the walls of your storage container. These shelving units are sturdy and take up minimal space within the container, while providing a lot of extra room to store those boxes and smaller items. Porta-Stor containers have the option of including a sturdy racking system that allows for easy installation of shelves.

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As you pack and store these boxes on shelves, make sure they are clearly labeled. The labels should be placed where you can see them once the box is placed. This keeps your storage container organized and your items easily accessible.

How to Pack from the Ceiling

If you have seasonal clothing, sports gear, costumes, or other clothes that need to be stored away, it’s easy to install some hanging rods from the ceiling of a storage container. This system allows for maximum space usage from the top down. It will also help keep your clothing items clean and wrinkle free until you need them. For extra protection while packing your clothes, you can wrap them in clothing bags or simply use plastic trash bags that have a hole cut out of the bottom to poke the hangers through, then tie off the bottom end.

If you have more space up high in your storage container, you can use sturdy hooks and shelving to house larger items, such as bicycles, lawn equipment, or larger boxes and totes. Maximizing that upper space will give you more room to move around in the storage container as well as create more storage space below for other items you need to access more frequently.

How to Pack with Vacuum Storage Bags

If you have a large amount of linens, clothing, stuffed animals, or other soft items that would take up a huge amount of space by being stored in boxes, invest in some space-saving storage bags that can be vacuum-sealed. Using these types of bags for linens and clothing helps protect them from dust, moisture, and bugs while significantly reducing the amount of space they take up. They are a great space saver for storing on shelves and inside larger boxes, taking up less storage space for your other belongings.

How to Pack Furniture

As you prepare your furniture for your storage container, there are a few steps to take to make sure it stays in great condition. The first step is to carefully clean and dry the furniture.

Next, you should take apart all of the pieces that you can. This helps save space and keep the pieces from breaking during the moving and storing process. As you do this, remember to keep all the bolts, screws, and other small pieces together in a bag that’s clearly labeled with which furniture piece it belongs. You can then connect the bag to the piece of furniture or keep all of the bags in a small box that’s also labeled. This will keep everything in one place, so you won’t be stuck looking for missing pieces when you go to put that table or chair back together.

If you have furniture with large pieces of glass or mirrors, you will want to wrap them in large blankets or bubble wrap. This keeps them protected from breaking, scratching, or chipping while being moved and stored. Clearly label these pieces as fragile.

How to Pack for Access

As you place your items inside the storage container, keep in mind how often you are going to need access to them. Oftentimes, a storage container will be full of some items that will need to be removed before others. Keep the items you will access more often close to the front doors of the container, on top of stacks, and to the front of shelves. Also create an aisle down the middle of your storage container, so that you can have access to the items stored all the way in the back, should the need arise. You definitely don’t want to have to unpack half of your storage container in order to get to one box in the back! Luckily, the previous storage-saving tips can help you keep your container empty enough to allow for an aisle.

How to Stack as you Pack

As you’re stacking boxes, always place the larger, heavier boxes on the bottom. This keeps the stack stable and keeps people safe when they go into the storage container. Having the larger and heavier boxes on the bottom gives you a good base to build your stacks upon, and it can help you organize your packing process. Put items in the larger boxes that you know you may not need to access for a while.

You can also stack lighter boxes and belongings on top of some types of furniture, such as coffee tables, side tables, chairs, or other types of furniture that you’re unable to take apart. This gives you a good solid base and keeps the boxes up off of the floor of the storage container. It also helps you maximize your space usage. Just be careful to only stack boxes on top of very sturdy furniture and make sure that the stack is stable and won’t fall over. You also don’t want to put heavy boxes down in a way that might damage the piece of furniture.

No matter why you’re packing and storing belongings, if you follow some of these simple guidelines for how to pack your storage container, you’re sure to get the most out of the storage space!

How to Store Furniture

Some of the biggest items that need to be stored are a family’s furniture. There are many reasons why you might need to put some furniture into long-term storage, such as removing seasonal items that don’t need to be around all year or moving things out of the way while you renovate your home. Furniture storage is tricky, but there are certain steps you can take to make sure you store furniture correctly so that it’s secure and stays in top condition until you need to use it again. Below, Porta-Stor will provide some storage tips to help you put that furniture away the right way.

Know your Storage Options

Whether you’re in the middle of a home remodel, moving, or just in a transitional period, you already know that you need some extra storage space and are looking for your best option and price. As you look into all the possible solutions to store furniture, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself before you make a decision. Placing your furniture into storage can be pricey, so you need to be well informed before you make that final decision.

First, ask yourself why you’re storing the furniture. Is it for a short project? Are you saving it to hand down to another family member? Depending on the length of time you need to store furniture, it will determine the type of container you need. If you’re looking for long-term furniture storage that might last years, you should consider renting a climate-controlled storage container. This will ensure that the furniture stays safe from moisture or heat damage. A climate-controlled storage container is particularly good for wood, antiques, and upholstered furniture. On the other hand, if you just need your furniture out of the way for a remodeling project or a move, a regular storage container will provide plenty of protection and convenience.

Clean your Furniture

Once you’ve decided on the best furniture storage solution for your situation, it’s time to get your furniture ready for storage. If you just cram all of your furniture into a box, you might end up with damaged goods later.

Before you put anything into storage, especially furniture, make sure it’s clean. Wipe down each piece and clear off any dirt and dust. Should there be an odor on any of your furniture, it will travel to other pieces within the container, so it’s a good idea to fully clean upholstery before storage as well. Not only will cleaning all the furniture make it nicer to handle, but it will also help cut down the chances of growing any mold or otherwise deteriorating.

Take the Furniture Apart

After you’ve cleaned all of your furniture, you need to take the furniture apart that can be taken apart. Furniture to disassemble before storage includes some desks, larger bookcases, tables, and chairs. Not only does this step make it easier to transport the furniture to its storage location, it also makes it easier to store within the storage container. Furniture that’s properly taken apart and stored in pieces is less likely to be scratched or damaged when moved. When you do take it apart, put all the screws, nuts, and bolts into a ziplock bag and place it with the furniture in the storage container.

Protect Glass Items

If you have any glass-top tables or glass shelves, clean the glass, disassemble it, and wrap each piece in a protective layer to keep it from breaking or scratching. You can wrap the larger pieces of glass in either a styrofoam sheet or a large moving blanket. This keeps them safer from breaking and prevents those pieces from collecting large amounts of dust. Once you’ve wrapped glass furniture, properly label it as fragile, so everyone knows to be particularly careful with the package.

Keep Stored Furniture Up Off the Floor

As you set up your furniture storage, keep the ground dry and have something in place to help raise the furniture up off of the floor. This is especially true if you’re using a storage container that’s not climate controlled. You can use either wooden pallets or cinder blocks to lift the pieces off the ground. This helps prevent the furniture from getting ruined should the storage container flood for any reason. If you don’t want to use those materials, a large piece of cardboard or cloth on the floor is better than nothing.

Don’t Over Pack

As you start placing your furniture in a storage container, don’t try to cram too much together. If you realize you have more furniture to store than you planned for, you might need to either rent a bigger storage container or cut back the furniture that’s going into storage. Furniture can be delicate, and too much shoved into a small space will lead to scratches, dents, and other damage.

When placing your furniture into a container, the order matters. Store larger pieces towards the back of the container, and then place the smaller pieces towards the front, making sure each piece is secure and protected. You don’t want any items to be wobbly or unsecured, because falling over will cause damage to both that piece and the surrounding items. Thick blankets, pieces of cardboard, and other soft fillers between each piece can help prevent dings.

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How you store your furniture is important. If properly taken care of, furniture can last for decades or even centuries. You want to take care of these pieces, whether they’re family heirlooms or just cost you some hard-earned money. If you need to store some furniture for a move, a remodeling project, or just because you need the extra space in your home, keep your furniture clean, covered, and secure in a portable storage container. Taking your time to store your furniture properly will ensure that it’s in great condition when you go to place it in its new home.

Law Enforcement Storage Solutions

When it comes to police stations and other law enforcement buildings, there’s so much stuff that needs to be stored. There are also so many factors involved with how these items need to be organized. From paperwork, uniforms, and other police equipment to the belongings taken from people who have been arrested, the required storage space adds up fast. You might have heard about overcrowded jails, but there’s also a huge problem with overcrowded law enforcement storage rooms. Below, Porta-Stor will take a look at some of the ways local law enforcement agencies can use portable storage containers to help increase storage space for a variety of items, whether it’s a temporary or long-term storage solution.

Evidence Storage

If you work in law enforcement, you know how important it is to properly organize, store, and take proper care of evidence. When the station gets busy, does the evidence room start overflowing? A portable storage container stored on-site allows for more space for collected evidence. Not only will the storage container provide much-needed space, but it will also help keep it organized and secure until the evidence is needed. Porta-Stor containers are fitted with hidden locks and can come with shelving installed. This extra space will help your police department know where the evidence is at all times and keep it protected, organized, and accessible until it’s able to be returned or discarded.

Long-Term Shelving

As an extension of the evidence problem mentioned above, oftentimes once evidence has been used in a case and is no longer needed, it still has to be stored for a certain period of time. This takes up a lot of space that could be used for evidence in new cases. Using an on-site storage container lets you inventory old evidence, keep it secure and organized, and have easy access to it should a case be reopened. Using on-site storage for older evidence allows for the more current evidence to be housed within the police department, where it’s even easier to access. Think of your storage container as a portable archive of evidence for your police department!

Based on the type of evidence you need to store, there are several options available. If you have evidence that needs to be kept at a certain temperature, there are refrigerated and climate controlled storage containers. A police department can use a system of different types of portable storage containers to fulfill all the requirements for the department’s various storage needs.

Another benefit of using a shipping container for storage is its mobility. Do you have a whole container full of evidence for a case that needs to be sent elsewhere? It’s already packed up and ready to go! You can also send the container into long-term storage off-site when the items need to be kept secure but don’t need to be kept around.

Document Storage

Although a lot of information is kept digitally, there’s often still a need for paper documentation. As with evidence storage, there is often a certain length of time that paper documents need to be kept. Paper and boxes take up a lot of valuable space, and it’s difficult to properly organize mounds of paperwork if it has to be crammed into a small storage space. Use a portable storage container to keep law enforcement documents secure, easily inventoried, and easily accessible when needed.

Equipment Storage

Arms, ammunition, and other law enforcement gear take up a lot of space. Using a portable storage solution for these items will save you time, space, and headache. A portable storage container allows for law enforcement equipment to be organized, inventoried, and kept secure while not in use. Same goes for ammunition, though this usually needs to be kept in a climate controlled container. Having your gear stored securely on-site makes it easier for officers to check out what they need while providing much-needed space within the main building.

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Personal Storage Lockers

Don’t have enough space to provide adequate personal storage for officers and other personnel? Having a secure space to place personal belongings and unused gear without cutting into the workspace will boost morale. An office portable storage container modified to hold storage lockers is a great solution to this problem! This will help keep personal items organized, safe, and ready for the next shift change.

There are many items that a police department needs to inventory and keep secure, from evidence to police equipment to paperwork. A portable shipping container can help with a wide variety of storage requirements that a law enforcement agency might need.

Want to learn how portable storage containers can help other parts of the community? Check out what Porta-Stor can do to provide the extra storage space needed by churches and schools!