Putting your belongings into storage
When it comes to moving house, many people require a temporary place to keep their possessions.
Below you will find some information about keeping your belonging in the storage.
Items you’re strictly not allowed to keep in a storage:
Hazardous liquids and materials
Food (even pets food)
Keeping and preparing white goods for the storage:
It’s best to ensure all kitchen appliances and ovens are completely cleaned out to prevent mould and bacteria growing on the inside.
Here are few bits of advice, before you go ahead and put them in storage:
To ‘kill’ the smell from the drain pipe – try soda crystals (or special cleaning chemicals).
Put them in your washing machine on the hottest level on your last wash and run the cycle
Unplug it from the electric socket
Drain leftover water from the pipes into the bucket
Close the water tap located behind the washing machine or under the sink and disconnect water and drain pipes.
While disconnecting try to keep all pipes upright before you drain leftover water into the bucket.
Clean drum’s rubber seal, drawer and filter.
Leave washing machine door open for a few hours
Put ‘don’t use’ sign on the water tap, if the drain pipe was connected to the sink
Before you move it:
At the back of the washing machine apply the transit bolts to secure washing machine’s drum
Tape all the pipes and cables together, so they won’t cause a potential hazard when moving it
Select regular cycle and pour a cup of bleach into the water, then run the dishwasher to the end of the cycle.
Use the drain cycle twice to make sure that there is no water left in the machine.
Switch it off from the electric socket
Remove all racks
Remove the filter from the bottom of the tub and wash it
Close the water tap behind the dishwasher
Disconnect drain and water pipes
While disconnecting try to keep all pipes upright before you drain all leftover water into the bucket
Leave the dishwasher’s door open, any remaining water should evaporate
Fridge freezer & freezer
Most of the new freezers and fridge freezers come with a frost-free feature, so they don’t need to be manually defrosted.
Even if you have one of the new ones though, you should make sure it’s fully dry, cleaned and aired before your place into the storage. This will help to avoid rotten smells inside, when it comes to moving it back to your new home.
However, old-style fridge freezers and freezers DO still need to be defrosted.
Defrosting and cleaning:
Switch it off from the power source
Remove all food
Put old clothing, rags, newspapers around it to stop any water from reaching the floor as the ice melts
Remove all drawers and shelves and clean them out
After ice has melted you can clean everything inside
Dry and wipe it as much as possible
Put all the shelves and drawers back