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How Self Storage can help an online / E-commerce / small / startup business

Is your home getting cluttered with paperwork and stock? Do you have documents strewn across your lounge and kitchen bench? If so, it’s probably time to start thinking about moving your at home business elsewhere, or at least some of it.

Depending on what your small business is and what your storage provider allows. A commercial storage unit can provide you with all of the amenities you need to run your business efficiently. Using business storage will mean less clutter in your home and more space for storing business materials such as; files, archives and stock. As well as provide you with more ‘office’ space at home and allow you to be more organised.

Commercial storage can be a great option for small, E-commerce or online businesses. However, if you’re thinking of extending your small business it’s great to look into your options first and what it is that you actually require. Here are some great tips and information to help you choose what’s best for you and your business.

Talk to your commercial storage provider

It’s best to discuss with your storage provider what it is that you can and can’t do with your commercial storage unit. Some storage facilities may allow you to have customers come and go as you like, and some may not. For example, a storage unit can be great if you’re running a small thrift shop. If your commercial storage provider lets you, you can meet customers and conduct sales out of your unit. However, you need to discuss this first and ensure that it’s okay to do so.

Pros of using business storage

Choosing to use commercial storage for your business will not only benefit you, but it will also benefit; your house, the people living with you, and of course, your business. Running a business from home can be overwhelming and eventually you will run out of room. Renting a self storage unit will help you to declutter your work space and organise your inventory, as well as a range of other things. Not to mention it’s also budget friendly.

Reduce Clutter

Your at home space for your small business may be crammed full of excess stock, equipment and documents. In many instances, these items are often unused and not needed on a daily basis. Using business storage is a great way to declutter and also helps to create more working space for your home office. Furthermore, a commercial storage unit can be great for storing; documents, archives, stock and old office equipment. As well as a range of other materials.

Security Features

Another great pro to using business storage is knowing that your items will be safe and secure. Unlike your home, most storage facilities will be fitted with CCTV surveillance, key coded gates and other security features. Increase your peace of mind by knowing that your expensive stock and important documents are safe and secure.

Furthermore, at Store Ur Stuff we provide safe and secure Adelaide storage with; 24hr surveillance cameras, key coded gates and alarm systems. Visit our website or contact us on 08 8371 0000 for more information.

Convenient and Flexible

Using commercial storage can be convenient and flexible. Most storage facilities offer 24hr access, meaning you can come and go as you please. This can be super beneficial to your business, especially if your home is nearby. Self storage can also be convenient as your customers can visit you at your storage unit (if your storage provider allows it) rather than your home. Therefore, helping you to keep your work and home life separate.

Cost Effective

Self storage is probably the most cost effective solution to your home-based business. Forget about those expensive power bills and committing to a long term rental contract. When using commercial storage, you don’t have the stress of paying power bills, water bills or any other cost that would come with renting a small building. All you have to worry about is paying your monthly fee.

Additionally, at Store Ur Stuff we offer a range of business storage solutions starting from as little as $168 a month. Plus no lock in contracts and minimum of 1 month stay!

Businesses you can run from a self storage unit

General Business Storage

Whether you’re working from a big or small office, running out of storage room can often be an issue. Storing your; excess stock, archives, files and old business equipment is a great way to free up space in your office. This could also be a great way to make room for another employee if needed.

Online Business

Running an online business from a small or at home space can be difficult. Whether it be on Ebay, Etsy or even a business through an Instagram account. You’re going to need space to not only work, but to also store your stock. A commercial storage unit can be a great way to keep your stock organised all in the one place. As well as ensure that it’s safe and secure at a storage facility. Furthermore, you could use your storage unit to sort through stock, pack products ready to send, or even as a photo studio for your products.

Handy Man

As a handy man you may have a lot of expensive tools and work gear that probably takes up a lot of space at home. If so, a commercial storage unit can be a great place to store all of these items. This can be super beneficial if your home is far away from the location’s you usually work at. Choose to use a storage facility in a convenient location, that way you can stop in and grab tools as you need during your work day.

Second Hand / Thrift Store

Depending on laws and what your storage provider allows, you could run a thrift shop out of your commercial storage unit. A storage unit could be used to store your stock as well as meet customers and conduct sales from. This would be a much cheaper alternative to renting a small building. Plus you could choose from a range of storage unit sizes. Furthermore, a commercial storage unit would also be great for solely storing excess stock.

Property Styling & Home Staging

Commercial storage can also be a great alternative if you’re running a small property styling business. Renting a large building can be expensive and it can sometimes be hard to find one in the right location. Furthermore, a storage unit would not only be cheaper, but also be more convenient as you can choose a location closer to where you need (there are lot’s of Adelaide storage units to choose from). This way you know that your expensive furniture and decor is safe and secure and you can come and go as you please.

Time to move your business in to commercial storage!

As mentioned above, using self storage for business purposes can be beneficial for many reasons. It’s cheaper, more convenient, safe and secure and you can access your goods whenever you need. Commercial storage is great for businesses such as; thrift shops, handy mans, online shops and home stylists. Plus many more!

Furthermore, there are many storage facilities in Adelaide which means more variety in size, location and price. Rather than what you would have if you were looking for a building space. In addition, Store Ur Stuff is great for commercial storage as we offer a range of storage sizes from indoor to outdoor. As well as offer competitive pricing and a safe and secure facility. View pricing and more information on our website, or alternatively call us on 08 8371 0000.

Lastly, prior to renting a storage unit you should always check with the self storage manager on what it is that you can and can’t do from your commercial storage.

Easter Long Weekend – National Park Camping Spots in SA

It’s almost Easter, which means a four day long weekend and an excuse to grab your caravan and head out camping. However, you may not have had enough time to look for the best campsites to stay at. Additionally, camping can be a fun activity for the whole family to get away and spend some quality time together. But what makes a camping trip even more fun? National park camping of course! South Australia is full of beautiful outback scenery and numerous national parks. Whether you’re wanting to camp beach side or more outback, our national parks offer something for every camper. For some great tips on what national park you should camp at over the Easter long weekend continue reading!

Gawler Ranges National Park

The Gawler Ranges National Park is about a 9 hour drive from Adelaide. Even though it is a little bit of a commute, it’s well worth the scenic drive. The Ranges boast beautiful outback scenery and is a place full of history, conservation and Aboriginal culture. Whilst camping at the Gawler Ranges you can explore the gorgeous landscapes that were formed by a volcanic eruption over 1500 million years ago. Or keep your eye out for some of the wildlife such as; the southern hairy nosed wombat, yellow-footed rock-wallaby, emus and kangaroos. The National Park is over 1629 square kilometres and consists of seven different campsites. Head to the Gawler Ranges for a great caravan getaway!

Coffin Bay National Park

If you’re looking for National Park camping along the coast, the Coffin Bay National Park is the spot for you! With budget camping prices, pristine beaches and massive sand dunes. This National Park is a great spot to getaway with your friends and family for the weekend. While you’re there you can enjoy fishing, sailing, scuba diving or even check out the near by towns such as; Elliston, Port Lincoln, Tumby Bay and Streaky. Again, there are plenty of campsites throughout this National Park. Choose from 7 different campsites all starting from only $12 a night. Grab the caravan, pack your camping gear and head to the beautiful country town of Coffins Bay for the weekend.

Lincoln National Park

Another great National Park camping spot is the Lincoln National Park. If you’re looking for somewhere to spend a weekend bush walking, fishing, camping, 4 wheel driving or even whale watching. This is the ideal location for you! Suitable for both 4wd and 2wd, depending on which bush track you take of course. Whilst camping in the National Park make sure you take some time to explore the beautiful coastal lines surrounding it and keep an eye out for the secluded rock pools. Furthermore, Lincoln National Park is easy to access and offers 16 different campgrounds. You can even book your National Park camping pass online, it’s as simple as that.

Deep Creek Conservation Park

If you’re from Adelaide and wanting to get away for the Easter long weekend, but not wanting to spend too much time on the road, this is a great camping location for you. Deep Creek Conservation Park is only a quick 1 and a half hour trip from Adelaide. This National Park offers 5 different campgrounds and boasts beautiful scenic views, as well as native wildlife. Spend a weekend at Deep Creek and enjoy bush walking, bird watching and the simple outdoor camping life.

Coorong National Park

There’s something for everyone at the Coorong National Park. Whether your wanting to go bird watching, kayaking, boating, fishing or 4 wheel driving. The Coorong is ideal for a weekend away camping and no more than a 2 hours drive from the Adelaide CBD. There’s over 12 different camp grounds there, so if you’ve left it till last minute to organise your camping spot don’t stress. Pack your caravan with all of your essential camping gear and head to the Coorong for the Easter long weekend.

Innes National Park

Head to Innes National Park over the Easter long weekend and explore the many aspects of this camping location. Innes boasts crystal blue beaches, sand dunes, rugged cliffs and friendly wildlife. Perfect for a weekend away, or even just a day trip if you’re close by. If you enjoy fishing, camping, bush walking or just soaking up the outdoors. This is the spot for you! Sometimes you can even get a surf in at one of the many beaches here. Whether you’re planning to bring the caravan, camper van or your just planning to pitch a tent for the night. One of the 8 campsites here is sure to suit your needs.

Time to Head Home

Unfortunately every long weekend must come to an end, and this means packing up your caravan and heading home. After spending a weekend away camping in a National Park it’s always important to ensure you thoroughly clean your motor home afterwards. Furthermore, this helps to make sure it is ready to hit the road again as soon as you are. Read one of our recent blogs on “how to prepare your caravan for storage” for some great cleaning tips.

Storing your Caravan, RV or Motor home

Often the Easter long weekend is your last chance to get away camping. Once this is over we welcome Winter and the cooler months, which means staying rugged up at home and limited long weekends. So what are you going to do with your caravan now? If you don’t have storage room at home for it, or you’d rather keep it out of the way, self storage can be a great option. Putting your caravan in storage can help to keep it away from the weathers elements. As well as keep it secure and well protected. If you have never used self storage before and are unsure what provider to choose, read this blog for some great tips.

Safe & Secure Storage at Store Ur Stuff

At Store Ur Stuff we provide safe and secure self storage options. Whether you’re looking to store your caravan, motor home, rv or even your van. We have the perfect solution for you. Our outdoor vehicle storage is super affordable and conveniently located. Access your vehicle at any time with our 24 hour access, and know that your vehicle is secure with pin coded gates and CCTV surveillance. Furthermore, view our pricing guide for our Adelaide self storage, as well as other storage options.

Lastly, our vehicle storage is stress free, simple and affordable. Enquire online today, or give our friendly staff a call on 08 8371 0000.

Tips for Boat Storage

Is it time to put your boat in boat storage? Do you know how to prepare your boat for storage? Whether you want to store your boat during the cooler months, or you just don’t have enough space at home. Self storage is the best option when it comes to wanting to store your boat. Indoor or outdoor storage, either way you need to ensure you prepare your boat prior to putting it in storage. This will help to avoid any damage to the outside of the boat, inside of the boat and the motor. Here are some tips and tricks on how to best store your boat.

Clean inside the boat

Cleaning the inside of your boat prior to putting it in storage is a very important step to maintaining your vessel. You should remove any items that will leave an odour such as fishing buckets and baits. Clean out your fridge and leave the door partially open, and if you have any water ski equipment ensure that they are clean and dry to avoid mould growth. It’s also important to wash down all hard surfaces and try your best to remove any salt residual and other build ups. As well as cleaning and conditioning your upholstery. Most importantly though, make sure the inside of your boat is dry and no moisture is trapped inside. Moisture will cause odours and mould, which you do not want.

Clean outside the boat

The best way to start to cleaning the outside of your boat is to hose it off with fresh water. This will help to remove salt and any loose debris. Using a pressure washer when hosing off your boat is also an added bonus as this will really help to get those stubborn spots. Once you have finished hosing your boat off, continue to wash it with specialised boat cleaner and lather the outside to remove all grime. After that apply some boat protector to the outside. Now you’re ready for the next step!

Mechanical checks before storing your boat

Change your oil

Changing your oil is also important to maintaining your boats engine. It’s best to run your engine and warm it up for a few minutes and then perform a full oil change. As well as change the filter. It’s easy enough to perform an oil change yourself. However if you don’t feel comfortable doing so take it to your nearest boat mechanic.

Make sure there is fuel in your boat

It is also important to store your boat with a full tank of fuel. This will help to stop moisture collecting in the tank and also works as a stabiliser to the fuel. Preventing damage and degrading to the fuel tank.

The battery

Remove your battery and connect it to a charger whilst your boat is in storage. This will help to make sure it remains in good working order and is ready to go when you next need it.

Boat trailer maintenance

The storage process of your trailer is just as important as is your boat. It’s as easy as taking a quick trip to the service station and checking your tyre pressure. Cleaning it thoroughly to ensure there is no salt or debris that can cause rust. Lubricating your trailer hitches and applying grease to any points where corrosion may form. Then when your boat and trailer are in storage make sure you move the trailer every now and then to avoid flat spots on the rubber.

Cover your boat when using boat storage

Covering your boat is a must when using boat storage. Boat covers play a huge roll when it comes to storing your boat and protecting it from different elements. There is a large range of boat covers that you can purchase, however if you’re looking for a cheaper and more convenient option we suggest using a plastic tarp. This would be more beneficial for indoor boat storage. But if you’re looking for something for outdoor boat storage you should look to spend a little more and get a fitted boat cover.

Put your boat in boat storage

Now that you know all the tips and tricks you’re ready to put your boat in storage. Make sure you follow all of these tips when preparing your boat for storage and your vessel will be ready to go whenever you are. Avoid the hassle of finding space at home to store your boat and store your boat at Store Ur Stuff. With 24 hour security monitoring and recorded surveillance. As well as security fencing, PIN coded access and security lighting, you can rest assured your boat will be safe and secure. 

For more detailed advice, or for a quote to store your boat, enquire through Store Ur Stuff online or give our friendly staff a call on 08 8371 0000 .

Caravan Storage – How to prepare

Purchasing a caravan is a great investment and fun for the whole family to jump in for a little getaway. However, failing to prepare for caravan storage during the off season can lead to costly damage. We have previously looked at vehicle and caravan storage options while it is not in use. Now lets look at how to prepare your caravan for storage and the steps you should take to protect it.

Clean Inside the Caravan

Empty the contents for caravan storage

Empty all personal and food items from the caravan. Closely check all of the cupboards, drawers, under furniture and beds to ensure you have completely emptied the caravan. Remove used tea towels, bed sheets and towels to wash so they are clean and fresh for next time. Store expensive items like a TV, laptop or other appliances in a locked cupboard, or alternatively take them out. This will prevent your caravan from being a target for break ins whilst in self storage. Remove any food items in the cupboards that may leave mouldy smells or attract unwanted pests. Make a list of everything you have removed or need to replace to ensure you don’t forget anything on your next trip.

Scrub and vacuum interior for caravan storage

Thoroughly clean inside your caravan from top to bottom prior to putting it in self storage. Scrub and wipe down any surfaces and empty cupboards. Vacuum the carpets, couches and any corners to eliminate dust build up and traces of food. Food will attract rodents and pests which can cause damage to your caravan. Cleaning the interior of your caravan will ensure that it stays in great condition whilst in caravan storage and is always ready to go for the next trip.

Clean the fridge and freezer

Defrost the fridge and freezer and empty the contents from both. Give them a good clean to ensure they don’t smell of last nights dinner. Ensure the interior is dry after cleaning and leave both the fridge and the freezer doors ajar to avoid any mould build up. Additionally, place a box of baking soda or dry sac in the fridge to draw out excess moisture.

Close windows, vents and blinds

Protect your caravan from letting any unwanted weather in. Just like water damage, direct sunlight can damage the interior of your caravan during storage. So it’s just as important to close blinds as it is to make sure all windows are closed and locked. To prevent mould forming from excess moisture make sure all caravan awnings are dry and rolled up tightly. This is also a great opportunity to check your caravans seals to ensure that they are 100% weather proof, especially when it comes to washing the outside of your caravan.

Clean the Outside of your Caravan

Clean and dry exterior

Time to give the outside some TCL. Invest in a soft-bristle brush attached to a long broom handle so it is easy to reach the high and awkward spots. Clean the outside of the caravan with your preferred washing solution. Retreat Caravans say that using dish soap can strip the paint of wax and protective coatings, leaving it vulnerable to scratching and sun damage. For best results wash your caravan with a car washing detergent. Use a small step ladder to get access to the roof of your caravan to get any tough spots like dried bird droppings. Simply rinse off with a hose or bucket. High pressure cleaners may cause damage to the paint work. 

Cover your caravan

The minimum step you should take to protect your caravan whilst in outdoor storage is to invest in a caravan cover. This will not only make sure the exterior is protected from the weather but it will also keep your caravan looking good for longer. Again, make sure your caravan is completely dry before covering to prevent moisture build up. Also, ensure the cover is breathable, this too helps prevent condensation.

Keep air circulating

Leave air vents in your caravan uncovered so air can circulate inside the caravan. This will ensure your caravan is not stuffy and stale when you take it out again. Circulation of air will filter your air or clean the air. It will also help diffuse or spread any pollutants added to the air, like any food smells.

Mechanical Checks Before Storing your Caravan

Disconnect the battery

Caravans have batteries to power the appliances when your caravan is not plugged into an electrical source. Having your battery disconnected whilst in storage will save your electrical items from draining the battery whilst it is not being used. The last thing you need is to get to your destination and find out the fridge or lights are not working because the battery has been drained.

Only disconnect the battery once it has been fully charged. Never leave it fully drained. It is also important that your check the battery every couple of months whilst it is in storage. This will ensure the battery does not drain. A fully charged battery can prevent deterioration and will ensure your house on wheels is ready when you are.

Check the tyres before and after caravan storage

A quick trip to the service station to check your tyre pressure before storing. This will save you time in the long run. Depending on how long your caravan will be sitting in storage, it is a good idea to pump the tyres to the optimum pressure. Your tyres will naturally lose pressure while it’s in caravan storage. Alternatively, if you know your caravan will be in storage for an extended period of time, jack it up to take the pressure off the tyres. Cover the tyres to protect them from the elements and to avoid deterioration.

Grease trailer hitches

Trailer hitches will need to be lubricated before storage and again when you pick it up after being in caravan storage. Apart from the general wear and tear this will prevent, it will also eliminate the awful sound of metal scrapping on metal when you turn a corner and any friction this can cause. Once you have lubricated the hitch ball cover it. Now that your caravan is ready to be rested and stored after it’s big trip don’t forget to check on it every now and again. This will assist in picking up any issues well before your next caravan getaway.

New Secure Vehicle Storage Area… NOW OPEN!

Store UR Stuff has extended! We are excited to announce the development of our new vehicle storage area is now open. With 24 hour security monitoring and recorded surveillance. As well as security fencing, PIN coded access and security lighting, you can rest assured your caravan will be safe and secure. To find out how to protect your caravan from theft and break ins contact Store UR Stuff  and reserve your spot today.

Car Storage – How to prepare

Car Storage

Not everyone has the luxury of a fully enclosed garage to store their car and protect it from the elements. Like caravan owners, you may require a car storage facility to store your car.  We have already explored vehicle storage options previously and discussed ideas on how to prepare a caravan for storage. Here we will look at what steps you should take to protect a car that is stored outside.

Wash and Wax before car storage

There are many car enthusiasts out there that agree washing and waxing your car is the best protection against the elements. The wax acts as a protective barrier between the dust, weather, pollen, bird poo, etc and the cars duco. In the winter, wax is like a raincoat and will protect the car by not allowing the water to come in contact with the paint. Wax will also protect your car in the hotter months with it acting as a sun block. This is important if you are using car storage in Australia’s harsh summer climate. Make sure the product has a UV protectant incorporated in it for best results.

However, washing and waxing it once and then leaving it will not be suffice. Some enthusiasts recommend washing and waxing at least twice a month to every three months. Also, it is best to dry your car by hand instead of air drying. Air drying can leave water droplets on a car. UV rays will magnify these dropletts causing hard water deposits to be etched into the surface of your car.

Most modern cars these days have a clear protective coating over the paint to protect it from the elements. If you are still concerned you can treat your car to a paint sealant to best protect it. Be reminded though, you will still need to wash and wax your car but perhaps not as regularly to ensure the exterior stays in the best possible condition.

For more information from enthusiasts refer to reddit.com and jalopyjournal.com

To cover or not to cover stored cars

There seems to be mixed reviews on weather covering your car actually protects it. Some believe that it can do more damage than good with the risk of condensation forming in the engine and the underside of the bonnet. However, a cover can provide a good amount of protection for your car from the sun, debris from trees and insects.

There are all sorts of covers on the market ranging from a standard outdoor cover, ones that can protect your car against the sun, hail and storms, automatic car tents and car capsules. Car covers range from just under $100.00 up to $800.00. Avoid using a tarp or a plastic cover. One made from natural material that breathes is better and ensure you invest in one that suits the elements you are storing it in.

If you are going to invest in a cover ensure it fits your car properly. According to streetsideauto.com a poorly fitted car cover can scratch the cars paint when it is windy. A cover should also fully enclose the car to prevent rodents nesting in small spaces.

Service your car before car storage

If you intend on storing your car for a long period of time it is advised to give it a quick service. There are a few things you can check yourself before storing your car. At the end of the storage period it’s a good idea to call in the professionals.

As a minimum for long term storage, the coolant and oil should be changed. Dirty fluids simply sitting stagnate means any contaminants are sitting around too. In time this can cause more wear and tear on your engine. Dirty oil in particular can make it more difficult to restart your car on your return. The brake fluid and transmission fluid should be refreshed as well.

Petrol in the tank can break down. If you are storing your car for 3 months or more, add a stabiliser to prolong fuel life. By filling your tank before storing will reduce air build up in the tank.

Make sure your car battery is fully charged. The battery will still be drained by the vehicles electronics. Batteries can corrode over time, so if your car storage is long term it is best to remove it. Store the battery in a dry cool area off the concrete to prevent it from cracking. Don’t forget to check the users manual for any other precautions.

Air naturally escapes from your cars tyres over time. If storing short term, fully inflate your tyres so they are not too flat when you pick it up from storage. Tyres these days are now engineered to prevent “flat spots” so it is not necessary to jack the car up. It is also suggested that jacking a vehicle up can cause unnecessary strain on the suspension.

Do not store and forget

Check on your car while it is in storage particularly if it is going to be stored long term. Start your car to keep the battery charged. Check with the car storage facility to see if they have jump starter cables or a battery charger you can borrow just in case you need them. They may have a car wash deal with local car wash and detailing shop or organise one to come to you.

Protect your car in storage

Check your cars paperwork to ensure it is up to date before considering car storage. If your registration or insurance is due to expire whilst it is in storage set yourself a reminder to renew. Contact your insurer to inform them your vehicle is being stored in a secure storage facility and confirm it is fully covered whilst it is in car storage.

Car Storage with Store UR Stuff

Store UR Stuff is extending it’s vehicle storage area with our expansion well underway. Our secure area will have generous 10 meter drive through bays to make storing your caravan, truck, mini van or bus easy and stress free. Our well lit vehicle storage area will have 24 hour security monitoring and recorded surveillance, traceable unique PIN coded access 24/7 and security fencing to ensure your vehicle is protected at all times. Call 08 8371 0000 to reserve your spot today.

Vehicle storage options

There are many different options available when looking for vehicle storage. Choosing the best vehicle storage option depends on budget, the length of time the vehicle will be in storage and the value of the vehicle to mention a few. Below is a description of options available to help you make the right decision.

Outdoor Vehicle Storage

Outdoor Vehicle Storage is the cheapest storage option. This is typically a secure car park area containing designated parking bays.

Security features vary from facility to facility, PIN coded gates and security cameras will offer the best protection for your vehicle. PIN coded gates leave a record of who is in the facility; particularly important in shared areas. In addition, some facilities have removable or fold down bollards that are locked for added protection.

Another important aspect of outdoor vehicle storage is the area. Ensure there are no hazards that may cause damage to the vehicle, including falling debris from large trees, poor lighting, adequate drainage and damaged surfaces. Bitchumised areas are better. This prevents the possibility of being bogged or flooded in. The area will need to be large enough for large vehicles to get in and out of easily, with multiple entry and exit points a bonus.

If storing your vehicle outdoors, cover your vehicle to prevent rust and corrosion and to protect it from the elements. Consequently your vehicle will keep clean as well as protected. Ensure that windows, doors and sunroofs close and seals intact.

Undercover Vehicle Storage

Undercover vehicle storage comes in many different forms. The type of undercover vehicle storage will determine the price. These include carports or lean-to’s, warehouses, garages and shipping containers. All of these options offer protection against the elements in varying degrees.

Carports or lean-to’s offer a roof over your vehicle. Large warehouses offer a fully enclosed area. These options are secure and in a shared area. The same considerations need to be taken into account as the outdoor vehicle storage as mentioned above.

Fully enclosed garages offer maximum protection. These can be in the form of a shipping container or a specifically designed garage. These are individual and allow you to put your own lock on the door, with vehicles protected against the elements and other vehicles. The added benefit with this option is the there is usually room to store other small belongings around the vehicle.

General Tips

It is important to make some general checks before storing. Lock all doors and do not leave any valuables in the vehicle. For long term vehicle storage consider disconnecting the battery. If storing a caravan, ensure you have secured it properly to prevent it from theft. Wheel clamps and coupling locks are great deterrents.

Also, talk to the staff at the facility. There may be some additional services available to help. Some storage facilities provide a motorised jockey wheel mover to make parking caravans easier. If storing the vehicle long term they may offer a car washing service. Ask if there are jumper leads available or a battery charger just in case it needs a little help starting when you pick your vehicle up.

Storing Couches – Clean, protect and store

Storing furniture and household goods are a good option when moving or renovating. Usually the most bulky item is your couch. There are some steps that need to be taken when storing couches to ensure it is protected. To ensure it comes out of storage as in good condition as it was before you locked it away, consider these 3 easy tips for couch storage.

Tips for Storing Couches

Clean before storage

Before storing furniture, you should clean the item thoroughly prior to storing to prevent deterioration. The same goes when storing couches. The best option would be to get your couch professionally cleaned, however this can be expensive. You can easily achieve the same result yourself with rubber gloves, good cleaning products and a little elbow grease.

With fabric couches check the fabric tag. It will tell you what fabric the couch is so you can clean it with appropriate cleaners. Most fabric couches can be cleaned with water based detergents or can be dry cleaned quite easily. I found Alexis Rohlins’ blog How to clean a couch without professional cleaning a good step by step guide to getting your couch clean and ready for storage.

Leather couches, however, can be polished using a microfibre cloth and leather polish which can be purchased at most supermarkets. Alternatively consider using a natural approach when cleaning leather with white vinegar or olive oil.

Most importantly, ensure your couch is completely dry after cleaning and storing. Moisture leads to mold which will ruin your couch.

Transporting and Storing Couches

Once cleaned cover your couch to protect it from scuffs, marks and dust. If possible dissemble your couch by removing cushions and feet for easier transportation and storage.

For the feet, consider covering in bubble wrap. If they are removable, once wrapped in bubble wrap place them in a bag. Attach the bag inside the couch so you can easily find them when you need to put them back on. Cushions can be wrapped in either plastic or fabric. For short term storage, plastic bags are fine to store the cushions and plastic couch covers can be used to cover your couch. Drop clothes or quilted pads are recommended for long term storage as they allow the air to circulate and prevent mildew forming.

For best protection against moisture you can place a Dry sac in the bag with your cushions and in the couch cover. Dry sacs work like silica gel and are designed to protect leather and furniture by absorbing any moisture.

Bubble wrap, plastic covers, quilted pads and Dry sacs can be purchased on the Store UR Stuff website. Store UR Stuff will deliver or you can visit in store to pick up.

Your storage unit

Ensure your unit is large enough. It is not always ideal to flip a couch on its side if it is going to be in there long term as this can warp the frame of your couch. It is also wise not to stack large or heavy items on your couch. Ensure there is space between items so items are not leaning and possibly indenting your couch. This will also improve air flow in your unit again reducing the risk of mildew forming.

For any couches that are precious such as heirlooms or collectables, climate controlled units are best. But for those that are moving house and need something short term the unit does not need to be climate controlled as long as it is clean and secure.

It is best to stand your couch off the unit floor – consider using pallets, blocks of wood or bricks. This goes for all items stored in a unit. It is always best to be safe than sorry, as much as storage facilities do their best to provide secure and clean units, accidents can happen. A spill from an adjoining storer could seep into your unit.

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www.topcleaningsecrets.com/house/how-to-clean-a-leather-sofa-at-home.html

www.homeguides.sfgate.com/clean-couch-professional-cleaning-28846.html