Whether you're preparing for a move, decluttering your home, or renovating, Go Mini's portable storage containers offer a convenient solution for safeguarding your belongings. Furniture, appliances, and other heavy items are no problem for our durable containers. But what about your more delicate items, like mattresses, clothes, towels, and linens? How can you ensure their protection throughout the moving and storage process? Here are some tips for storing delicate items, and how Go Mini's weather-resistant container construction helps protect your valuables.
Common Risks When Storing Delicate Items
Storing delicate items in any environment comes with risks, but there are certain factors that can cause more damage.
- Moisture and humidity: These conditions can promote the growth of mold and mildew, which can damage fabrics, wood, and delicate materials.
- Pests: Infestations can cause damage to stored items.
- Physical damage: During transportation and storage, items may get scratched, dented, or torn, especially if they have sensitive surfaces.
- Fluctuating temperatures: Delicate items may suffer a decrease in quality due to temperature changes.
- Direct sunlight: Exposure to direct sunlight can also affect the condition of stored items.
How Go Mini's Container Construction Protects Delicate Items
Go Mini's portable storage containers are designed to keep your delicate items safe and sound. They're weather-resistant, with sturdy walls and a sealed structure to protect against the elements. Plus, the powder steel construction ensures durability and extra protection during transportation and storage. The ventilation inside helps keep things fresh and reduces the risk of moisture and mildew. With their ground-level loading design, you can easily access your things without heavy lifting or accidental damage.
Plus, Go Mini's containers have extra tie-down points to keep your stuff safe while on the move. This feature lets you secure fragile items in place, reducing the risk of damage. Whether your container is moving across town or across the country, rest assured that your valuables will stay put and well-protected throughout the trip.
Tips for Storing with Your Go Mini
To ensure the best protection for your delicate items, here are some additional tips to follow when storing with Go Mini:
Clean and Dry
Before storing any delicate items, make sure they are clean and completely dry. Any lingering dirt or moisture can attract pests and cause mold or mildew growth. Give your items a thorough cleaning and allow them to air-dry before packing them away in your Go Mini.
Control Moisture and Humidity
One of the most effective ways to prevent damage to delicate items is by controlling moisture and humidity levels within the storage container. Go Mini's portable containers are designed to keep the interior dry and well-ventilated, but for extra protection for sensitive items, it's also a good idea to pack silica gel packets or moisture absorbers to further prevent any unwanted moisture.
To prevent infestations, take proactive measures such as sealing items in pest-resistant packaging and regularly inspecting the storage area for signs of pests. This is particularly important for long-term storage to ensure that delicate items remain free from damage caused by insects or rodents.
Use Protective Covers
One of the easiest ways to protect delicate items is by using protective covers. For mattresses, invest in a mattress bag that will shield it from dust, dirt, and moisture. You can also use plastic wrap or bubble wrap for more fragile items like glassware or dishes. For clothing and linens, use vacuum-sealed bags to save space and protect them from any potential damage.
When storing wood furniture, consider using padding or blankets to shield it from scratches and abrasions. For clothing and linens, avoid overpacking to allow for adequate airflow and to minimize wrinkles.
Check on Your Items Regularly
Even with all the precautions taken, it's important to check on your stored items regularly. This will allow you to catch any potential issues early and make necessary adjustments. For especially delicate items, it's also a good idea to rotate boxes every few months to prevent any long-term damage from items sitting in one position for too long.
Pack with Care
When loading your Go Mini storage container, be mindful of how you pack delicate items. Use sturdy boxes for smaller items and make sure they are properly sealed. Place heavier items at the bottom of the container and lighter items on top. Avoid overpacking boxes, as this can cause damage to more delicate items. Use crumpled paper or packing peanuts to fill any gaps and prevent shifting during transportation.
Special Consideration for Fragile Items
For exceptionally fragile items like glassware and vases, take extra precautions beyond standard packing methods. Wrapping individual pieces in bubble wrap or foam padding can provide a cushion against shocks and vibrations during transport.
Make sure to label all your boxes and containers with delicate items, so you can find what you need without rummaging through everything. And don't forget to use a "fragile" label on those boxes to note to handle them with care during transportation.
When stacking, ensure these boxes are placed on the top and are never crushed under heavier items. Inside the box, every piece should be snug but not too tightly packed to prevent pressure damage. If possible, use divided boxes specifically designed for glassware to further minimize movement and contact between items.
Be Aware of Non-Allowable Items
While Go Mini's containers are ideal for storing a wide range of belongings, there are certain items that are not recommended for storage. These include antiques, valuable artwork, perishable goods, flammable or hazardous materials, and live plants.
Pro tip: Check our full list of non-allowable items for a comprehensive guide on what not to store in your Go Mini container.
Trust Your Belongings to Go Mini's
When it comes to storing delicate items in your Go Mini's portable storage container, proper preparation and packing techniques are key. With the right tools and tips, you can ensure that your delicate items stay safe and secure throughout their time in storage.
And with Go Mini's weather-resistant, sturdy containers and added features like tie-down points, you can have peace of mind knowing your valuable belongings are well-protected during transportation and storage. So whether it's mattresses, clothes, linens, or wooden furniture, rest easy knowing that your things are in good hands with Go Mini's. Get an instant quote today and experience the convenience and security of Go Mini's portable storage.