Keeping 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 the keeping your belonging in the storage.

Items you’re strictly not allowed to keep in a storage:

  •  Plants
  •  Hazardous liquids and materials
  •  Food (even pets food)
  •  Drugs/Explosives/Arms
  •  Stolen Property

Keeping and preparing white goods for the storage:

It’s best to ensure all kitchen appliances and ovens are completely cleaned out to prevent mold and bacteria growing on the inside.

Here are few bits of advice, before you place them into the storage:

Washing machine:

  •  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

When unplumbing:

  • Unplug it from the electric socket
  • Drain leftover water from the pipes in to the bucket
  • Close the water tap 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’s door opened for 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 nothing would prevent you from moving it

 

Dishwasher:

  • Select regular cycle and add 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 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, you should make sure it’s fully dry, cleaned and aired before your place into the storage.
To avoid rotten smells inside, when it comes to moving it back to your new home.

But old-style fridge freezers and freezers still needs to be defrosted.

Defrosting and cleaning:

  • Switch it off from the power source
  • Remove all the 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 melts clean everything inside
  • Dry and wipe it as much as possible
  • Put all the shelves and drawers back