Protect furniture for long term storage

How should furniture be protected before it is place in long term storage?

Furniture should be protected before it is placed in long-term household goods storage by following these steps:

  1. Clean and dry the furniture thoroughly.
  2. Wrap each piece in clean, protective material such as furniture pads, plastic wrap, or bubble wrap.
  3. Cover legs and other exposed areas with additional protective material to prevent scratching.
  4. Label boxes or drawers that contain smaller items or parts to ensure that everything stays organized.
  5. Store the furniture in a dry, temperature-controlled space to prevent warping, cracking, or other damage caused by extreme temperatures or humidity.

By taking these precautions, you can ensure that your furniture stays in good condition while it is in storage.

Warning about plastic and bubble wrap

Plastic wrap can stick to wood furniture, including antiques, but it can also damage the finish of the piece over time. Plastic wrap is not a recommended material for wrapping furniture, especially antiques, as it can trap moisture against the surface and cause the wood to deteriorate or discolor. It is better to use furniture pads or blankets to wrap the piece and provide cushioning, as these materials are less likely to cause damage. Additionally, you should consider using a protective covering, such as a dust cover, to keep the furniture protected while in storage.

Are there any special moving pads for protecting wood furniture in storage?

Yes, there are special moving pads available for protecting wood furniture in storage. These pads are typically made of quilted fabric or a soft, cushioning material and are designed to protect the surface of the furniture from scratches, dents, and other types of damage that can occur during storage or transport. Some moving pads also feature a waterproof or moisture-resistant layer to provide additional protection against moisture damage.

When choosing moving pads for your wood furniture, it’s important to consider the size and shape of your pieces, as well as their weight, to ensure that the pads you choose will provide the necessary level of protection. You may also want to consider purchasing specialized furniture pads for delicate or antique pieces, as these are more likely to be affected by scratches or other types of damage.

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