It’s finally time to get new appliances; to replace the working but weathered oven, renew the functional but fading dishwasher. Maybe even upgrade to a brand new washer and dryer set. But your old appliances still work – and you’d hate to see the installers take away what could eventually be a lifesaver.
So you decide to store your old appliances. The question is, where?
That’s where self storage throughout the great state of Texas comes in. Renting a self storage unit is the quick and simple solution to keeping your old but working appliances without letting them clutter up the garage or shed. And if prepared properly, your appliances can live a long time in a storage unit, and are ready to be used when it’s time to give them to the kids, to the neighbors, to a buyer – or to yourself.
Check out Storage Choice’s Tips on preparing your appliances for self storage so that you can ensure a long life for them in their temporary storage home.
Preparing Your Appliances for Self Storage
Step 1: Clean it Out
- Clothes Washer or Dishwasher: For a quick, easy clean, just a run an empty cycle through without any clothes or dishes. You can use a cup of bleach or a bit of white vinegar to ensure all the soap and hard water has been rinsed clean. Pull the item away from the wall and use a damp, warm rag to wipe down the exterior of cobwebs, dust, and detergent. Leave the lid and cover open to air dry.
- Dryer: Remove the lint catcher and remove any remaining lint. Run it through some water and set it out to dry. Take a damp towel and clean out the inside of the lint holder to get the trapped pieces. Using the same towel, run it around the inside of the dryer to get any caught debris and leave it open to dry. Pull the dryer away from the wall and wipe down the exterior.
- Refrigerators: Fill a cooler with ice from your freezer and pack up any remaining food. Scrub out the interior with a bit of mild dish soap, warm water, and a scrubbing sponge. Remove all of the drawers and rinse those out, including the ice tray. When the inside is clean, pull the refrigerator out from the wall and wipe it down from top to bottom – including the back of the fridge.
- Oven: Spray oven cleaner throughout your oven and set it to “clean.” Close it and let it sit for the directed amount of time. During that time, run the racks through the dishwasher and scrub off any remaining debris. Use the soft side of the scrubbing sponge to wipe the inside of the oven clean, then follow up with a warm rag to remove the remaining oven cleaner. Pull the oven completely away from the wall and scrub the sides, back, and front. Remove the stove elements and run them through the dishwasher. Lift the top of the stove and scrub the underside of the range.
Step 2: Drain and Dry
For every appliance, leave it open to air dry for at least a few hours, if not an entire evening.
- Clothes Washer or Dishwasher: Remove the water coil, rinse it and let it air dry.
- Dryer: Take off the hot air vent and bring it to a large trash can or outside your home. Shake it out to remove as much lint as possible. Clean out the exterior vent.
- Refrigerator: Remove the ice maker coil, rinse it out and let it air dry for a night.
Step 3: Prep for the Move
- Clothes Washer or Dishwasher: Using rope or a bungee cord, wrap the washer to ensure the lid does not open during the move. Storage Choice locations offer moving supplies to make the move simpler, so just stop by and grab what you need. Use a dolly to move it into the vehicle you’re using to move – but take care to keep it level.
- Dryer: Also use a rope or bungee cord to wrap the dryer to keep the door closed. If you are purchasing a new dryer vent, put the old one in the dryer.
- Refrigerator: Remove all glass shelves and wrap them in bubble wrap. Secure drawers with tape. Wrap the refrigerator with rope or bungee cord to ensure the doors do not open during the move. Use a dolly to haul it into the moving truck.
- Oven: Put all the elements back on the stove top, and secure the oven door with rope or a bungee cord. Carefully load it onto a dolly and into the truck.
Step 4: Proper Storing
All of the appliances need to breathe to avoid mildew, so make sure you remove the ties and open all of the doors. Place open boxes of baking soda inside each appliance. Cover the appliances with a sheet or tarp to protect it from potential dust.
When placing them inside the unit, make sure you give ample space so you can easily remove any one of the appliances you store.
Appliance Storage at Storage Choice
By following the above steps, you’re ensuring your working appliances stay that way when you’re ready to use them again. And by choosing Storage Choice as your self storage facility, you’ll have access to a wide array of unit sizes and amenities like climate controlled storage.
Check out our size guide to aid in choosing the right size unit for you – then quickly and easily reserve your unit right online!