Storage Tips

Our tips and Hints for storing

Maximise your storage experience with our expert tips and ensure your items stay safe, organised, and easily accessible, no matter what you’re storing.

Storage Tips


Boxes are crucial for a smooth moving process, especially when planning to store items from your household or business. Their importance cannot be overstated, as they help organise, protect, and efficiently use space. When preparing for storage, ensure you have a sufficient supply of boxes in various sizes to accommodate different items. Strong, sturdy boxes safeguard your belongings against damage during transport and while in storage. For fragile items, consider double-boxing and ample padding. Remember, a well-packed box not only makes moving easier but also maximises the safety and accessibility of your stored items.

Storage Tips

Books and Documents

To protect your books and documents, start by cleaning them to prevent mould. Wrap items in acid-free paper and place them in sturdy, plastic bins to shield against moisture. Store books vertically, but lay heavy or fragile volumes flat to avoid spine damage. Opt for a climate-controlled environment to safeguard against humidity and temperature extremes. Ensure containers are not overpacked to allow air circulation, preventing mould growth and maintaining item integrity. These simple steps can significantly preserve the condition of your books and documents while stored at Storage on Vickers.

Storage Tips


It’s vital to plan ahead to keep furniture in top condition, especially for long-term storage. Here are essential strategies to protect your pieces:

  • Clean Thoroughly: Dust and clean furniture before storage to prevent mould and odours.
  • Disassemble: If possible, disassemble large furniture pieces to save space and prevent damage.
  • Protect Surfaces: Use furniture covers or blankets to shield against scratches and dust. For leather items, consider breathable fabric covers to prevent moisture buildup.
  • Leave Space: Avoid stacking heavy items on sofas or upholstered chairs to maintain shape and prevent fabric damage.
Storage Tips

Kitchenware and Fragile Items

Storing kitchenware and fragile items demands careful attention to detail to prevent damage. Start by wrapping glassware and dishes individually in bubble wrap or packing paper, and fill any gaps in boxes with packing peanuts or more paper to minimise movement. Use sturdy, reinforced boxes for added protection, and clearly label them as “Fragile” to ensure careful handling. For appliances and other kitchenware, clean and dry them thoroughly to prevent mould and odours. Stacking boxes should be done cautiously, with heavier items on the bottom and lighter, fragile items on top. By taking these steps, you can ensure your delicate items stay safe and intact while in storage.

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Machinery or Metal Items

Properly storing machinery and metal items is crucial to prevent rust and damage. Begin by thoroughly cleaning each item to remove any dirt, grease, or debris. Applying a coat of protective lubricant on metal surfaces can ward off rust and corrosion, especially important in humid climates. For machinery with moving parts, consider a light oil application to ensure they remain functional. Store these items off the ground on pallets to protect against moisture and facilitate air circulation. Covering with breathable, moisture-wicking materials can further safeguard against environmental damage.

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Clothing or Apparel

When storing clothing and apparel, keeping items clean, dry, and protected is key to maintaining their condition. Wash or dry-clean garments to remove stains and odours before storage. For delicate items, consider using acid-free tissue paper to prevent creasing and maintain shape. Vacuum-sealed bags can save space and protect clothing from moisture, dust, and pests, but avoid over compressing natural fibres. Utilise wardrobe boxes for hanging items to prevent wrinkles. Placing silica gel packets in storage containers can help absorb moisture, further safeguarding your apparel. By following these practices at Storage on Vickers, your clothing will remain in pristine condition, ready for use whenever needed.

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Artwork or Mirrors

Storing artwork and mirrors requires careful handling to protect these valuable and fragile items from damage. Wrap artwork and mirrors in acid-free paper or bubble wrap to shield surfaces from scratches. For added protection, use corner protectors and place items in sturdy, flat boxes or custom crates that fit closely to their sizes. Avoid stacking, but if necessary, ensure heavier items are at the bottom. Keep them upright and never flat, to prevent pressure damage.

Storage Tips

Electronic Equipment

For electronic equipment, backup data and remove batteries to prevent leaks. Wrap items in anti-static material and store in airtight bags with silica gel packets to control moisture. Label cables for easy identification. Place electronics off the ground on shelves in a climate-controlled environment to avoid damage from temperature fluctuations and humidity. These steps, taken at Storage on Vickers, safeguard your electronics, ensuring they’re ready when needed.

Storage Tips


Storing appliances correctly extends their lifespan and ensures they are ready for use when needed. Clean appliances thoroughly to prevent mould and pest infestations. Defrost refrigerators and freezers, and leave doors slightly open to prevent odours. Disconnect and coil hoses and electrical cords neatly, taping them to the appliance’s side. Use blankets or bubble wrap to protect surfaces from scratches and dents. Store appliances upright to avoid mechanical damage and ensure they are placed on pallets to keep them off the ground, safeguarding against moisture.

Storage Tips

Vehicle Storage

Preparing your vehicle for storage ensures its condition and functionality upon return. Start by cleaning it inside and out to prevent rust and deter pests. Change the oil and top off other fluids to prevent corrosion within the engine. Inflate the tires to the recommended pressure to avoid flat spots. Disconnect the battery to prevent power drain. Cover the vehicle with a breathable cover to protect the paint and interior from dust and moisture. For long-term storage, consider using a fuel stabiliser. At Storage on Vickers, we provide secure spaces that protect your vehicle from the elements, ensuring it remains in prime condition.

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