Storage Tips for Large Appliances
If you are moving or remodeling your home, there may come a time when you need to place your refrigerator, dryer, or stove in storage. Moving and storing your large appliances may feel a little intimidating, so we’ve put together some tips to help make the process easier.
Clean your appliances
To prevent damage or decay, it’s a good practice to make sure your items are thoroughly cleaned before storing. For your washing machine, consider running a cycle with bleach or white vinegar. It’s also crucial to make sure items are completely dry. In summer, moisture can cause mold and in winter, moisture can freeze and cause cracking.
Remove or secure movable parts
Before moving your large appliances, make sure that any moveable parts are removed or secured. Take out any removable shelves and tape down dials and buttons. This should prevent damage while moving the items into your storage unit.
Use blankets or tarps to cover your appliances to prevent dings and scratches during the moving process. Keeping your appliances covered while storing will also protect them from dirt and dust.
When moving your appliances, put them in the truck last so they will be moved first when you arrive at your destination. When arranging your storage unit, place the large appliances in the back. This will keep them out of the way and allow more frequently needed items to be accessible.
Preparing and protecting your large appliances may require some extra work, but will serve you in the long-run. Afterall, you don’t want to be in a situation where you’re having to hand-wash dishes or run to the laundromat in the middle of a move or remodel. Follow these recommendations and your appliances will be good to go!