It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the temperature is rising, and you’re getting ready to pack up some of your things into a storage unit. But wait! You need to prepare it for hot weather first! If you don’t take care of the heat before packing up your belongings, you might be in trouble when you return. Here are three ways to help protect your storage unit from extreme heat.
Think About What You Store
It’s important to think about what you’re storing (and where) before the heatwave sets in. Your storage unit can be a lifesaver if it is well-prepared for high temperatures, but some items will fare better than others because they have natural benefits to help them stay cool during this time of year. Try to avoid storing anything like antiques or heirlooms in non-climate-controlled units.
Take Care of Metal Furnishings
Oxidation can set in on furnishings made from brass, silver, or nickel, especially in the presence of high temperatures. Therefore, if you have anything made from these materials, make sure you polish it well before storing it so that you can keep it in pristine condition.
Keep Items Off the Floor
If you live in a place with hot summers and don’t want to worry about the safety of your belongings, be sure to store your belongings off the floor. If you don’t, they may be damaged by the sheer heat. In addition, if there’s any condensation, it might cause damage to any items that have been left in contact with the floor. If you can’t get your items off the floor, at least consider putting them on top of plastic tarps or sheets.