Preparing blankets for long-term self-storage may seem simple enough, but it requires careful planning to get the job done properly. Blankets need special care to retain their immaculate condition in storage units. Whether you are moving away for a few months or undertaking a major home renovation, follow these simple steps for placing blankets in self-storage units.
Wash and Fold Blankets Neatly
Before placing your blankets in the self-storage unit, you'll want to clean them and fold them neatly. While cleaning may seem impractical since you're placing the blankets in long-term storage, it prevents mould and mildew from forming around the soiled areas. Be sure to remove all types of stains from your blankets because they are bound to get more stubborn and difficult to remove later.
Place Folded Blankets Inside Vacuum Storage Bags
To protect your blankets from getting damaged in the self-storage unit, you can use vacuum bags that suck extra air out for an airtight seal –– this ensures that the blankets don't take up more space than they actually need, while the vacuum bags protect the blankets from mould and mildew. These vacuum bags keep dirt, odours and insects at bay while the blankets are in the storage units. Place your neatly folded blankets inside the vacuum bags and enclose the plastic zipper.
Remove Air from Vacuum Bags
Once closed, insert a vacuum hose into the open valve cap on the bag and suck out all the air to close the valve cap of the bag. If you don't want to invest in vacuum storage bags, you can use regular plastic trash bags as a cheaper alternative. Simply place the folded blankets into the bag and secure the open end on the vacuum hose with one hand. The vacuum will suck out all the air until the contents are compact. Keep in mind that plastic bags may be susceptible to damage and are not as strong as specialised vacuum-sealed bags.
Place in Plastic Lid Storage Bins
Before placing your vacuum-sealed blankets in self-storage, put them in plastic lid storage bins to keep your bed linen clean and allergen-free. Plastic lid bins come in different sizes to suit all types of requirements and prevent moisture from entering into the box once sealed––making them good long-term boxing solutions. Plastic boxes offer an added layer of protection, apart from vacuum bags, to ensure that your blankets are completely damage-free when you're ready to take them out of the self-storage unit.
These simple steps are important when placing blankets in self-storage units.