Best Methods for Preparing Electronics For Self-Storage
Prior to storing electronics at a self-storage facility, there are certain steps to take to ensure they remain clean and protected. It’s ideal to create a plan before you pack, store, and move your electronics. Investing time and effort within these stages makes it much easier to access the parts and reassemble these once you are ready to unpack. Maintain the condition of your investments by following these tips:
Self-Storage Tips For Electronics
1. Before you pack any electronics, make sure you remove the batteries inside remote controls and accessories to prevent battery corrosion. This may damage electronic components.
2. Check your devices and remove any media such as DVDs, game cartridges or tapes. Media can deform if left inside DVD players or game consoles.
3. Detach all peripherals from your computer. It seems like a time-saver to leave these accessories connected, but prolonged metal-to-metal contact can cause problems. This is especially true for self-storage units that do not have climate control.
4. Back up all important data before putting your computer equipment in storage. Your system is unlikely to be damaged if it’s inside a safe self-storage facility, but just a single drop of water during transport can ruin electronics.
5. Keep your electronic devices in their original packaging whenever possible. Original boxes have pre-shaped foam pieces and custom inserts that keep the items inside from shifting while in transit.
6. Add packages of silica gel inside your storage container, including original packaging, to help absorb excess moisture and prevent it from corrosion.
7. If you no longer have the original boxes for your electronics, you can use your own box and styrofoam packing peanuts on all sides to keep the item from shifting. Starch-based peanuts and popcorn are environment-friendly options for short moves, but for long-term storage, these organic materials do not possess the longevity of synthetics. Wrap computer monitors and televisions with a protective layer of bubble wrap. You may also use towels and tape paper over fans and vents to keep particles from finding their way into these electronic items’ cases.
8. Very large flat screen televisions will not fit in standard moving boxes, so cover these items well with padded moving blankets. Position them against a wall to provide support. Do not store them flat or stacked, as pressure can permanently damage the screen.
By following these simple tips, you can rest assured that your electronic devices will be kept in perfect condition while in self-storage. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (330) 484-1370 or email us today.
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