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Tips for storing belongings in the winter

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We all have similar issues when it comes to storing our valuables. How to properly store belongings when the winter comes and temperature drops. While most people think that clothes, for example, don’t suffer from temperature changes, they can wrinkle. You should do your best to keep the moisture out. Also, when storing antique furniture, you have to take into consideration both temperature and humidity. But, no matter what you are storing, you should take certain steps to ensure they survive the cold weather. Here are some tips you can use when storing belongings in the winter. From bicycles and furniture to more regular items like clothes.

Risks when storing belongings in the winter

Whenever you are storing valuable belongings, you need to take a good look at all the factors. And one of the main risk factors for valuables in storage is temperature. And with it the change in humidity. Clothes, for example, don’t suffer from this problem but other items can get seriously damaged. If you plan on storing paper collectibles like comic books and newspapers, humidity is your worst enemy. When the air becomes too humid paper tends to wrinkle. Furniture suffers from much of the same issues. In warm weather items expand, while when it is cold they contract. Those are very small changes, small enough that you can’t even see them with the naked eye. But to valuable antique furniture, they pose a risk. Wood can easily crack due to those changes.

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Winter is especially tricky when it comes to storing belongings

Solutions for storing belongings in the winter

Renting cheap storage Brooklyn is a great solution for getting some much-needed storage space. But there are certain steps that you need to take to ensure that your items remain in pristine condition. One of the things that you should do, no matter the season, is to clean your items. Thoroughly clean everything that you are storing. Otherwise, you risk contaminating other items in your unit. And it’s especially important in the winter. Your clothes might not suffer much due to temperature change, but they can get damaged by the dirt in them.

Cover your items

To protect your items during long winter months you should cover them with cotton or wool covers. Plastic is generally not recommended as moisture and water can gather beneath it. And it has no clear path of evaporating. Moving blankets are great for long-term storage. Make sure that the whole item is covered.

Climate-controlled storage

When it comes to more valuable and especially fragile items, you want to take every precaution. That’s why a climate-controlled storage unit might be the perfect solution for you. Those storage units take into account the temperature and humidity changes. By maintaining the nearly constant temperature and humidity you can protect your items. These storage units are perfect for collectors. Because when it comes to your valuable collection, there is no substitute for perfect condition. And that’s why storing belongings in the winter should be done with great care.

Storing a bicycle during winter

When it comes to storing belongings in the winter, certain items require special treatment. Bicycles are all but useless in the winter, and they usually end up in storage during the cold season. But you need to prepare it properly, so it works perfectly when you take it out in the spring. You should try and keep the tires inflated. The bike should be turned upside down and rested on the seat and handle-bars. That way you won’t be putting any pressure on the tires. This will maintain the tires and prevent damage to rims. Also, lubricate cables, chain, and breaks before putting it in storage. This will prevent moisture from getting in and freezing during winter.

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Prepare your bicycle for winter storage

 

Storing small engine equipment

When it comes to storing small engine equipment, you need to prepare it for winter. If you are moving from New York or any other urban center, you might not feel like this is important. But anything that runs on fuel needs to be maintained. And it’s especially true for lawnmowers. But in the winter, it will just be sitting in storage. Old fuel can damage engine parts when it’s not being used for a long time. So, it’s important to run the engine until it is out of fuel. When it comes to oil, you want to leave it in. But make sure you change it before storing your lawnmower. The oil will prevent other liquids from coming in. But if it’s dirty it can easily corrode your engine. Before putting it in storage make sure you clean it properly. Cover the lawnmower with a blanket or tarp.

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You should put your convertible into storage during winter months

Storing a vehicle during winter

Some of the most common items when storing belongings for the winter are summer vehicles. Those can be your convertible, dirt bike, or any other vehicle that you don’t plan on driving during winter months. The process is similar to small engine equipment. The only difference is that cars are usually much more expensive than lawnmowers. And that’s why you want to pay special attention when storing your car. You should empty the gas tank, but keep the oil in. And before you put your car or a motorcycle in storage, make sure you change the oil. Remove the battery and any fluids from the cooling systems. You should cover your vehicle with a tarp or a big blanket. Again, don’t use plastic as it can trap moisture underneath it.

Storing Electronics

Electronics are extremely sensitive to temperature changes. The most important thing to remember is to keep electronics off the ground. Even in climate-controlled conditions, the floor is much colder than the air inside a unit. And those temperature differences can affect them. You should also consider putting them in their original boxes. They are usually built to protect the item in storage for a long period of time.

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