Storage Advice For The Summer
Summer is still in full swing, but it is still a good time to prepare for your upcoming storage needs. When summer ends, you’ll find your home chockful of recreational toys and other belongings that won’t get much use now you’re back at work and the children are back in school. Here are three summer storage tips from our full-service Seattle moving company, Established Moving & Storage.
Prep Yard Tools Before Storing Them
Summer was the time for gardening and improving your lawn. Once work starts up again, you’ll find less and less time for these outdoor activities. So, summer’s end is the best time to put away your gardening tools and equipment. Simply rinsing and drying is good enough for most gardening tools like shovels, pruners, shears, and wheelbarrows. For yard equipment that uses gasoline, like weed whackers, hedge trimmers, and lawnmowers, you may have to either drain the fuel tank or fill the tank up with fuel and fuel stabilizer depending on the manufacturer’s instructions. Regardless of what you end up doing, you must wash away any grass, dirt, and mud from the machine before storing it.
Dry Pool Toys
Don’t leave inflatable pool toys and foam pool noodles floating in your pool all fall and winter. They’ll be worn out and moldy by the time summer arrives again. Instead, put them away in storage. Any important storage tip – make sure they are completely dry before storing them to prevent mold. Deflate any inflatable floats to prevent tearing. Finally, put all your pool toys into airtight containers before placing into your storage unit.
Store Patio Furniture During the Off-Season
Your time entertaining outdoors will drastically decrease once fall and winter come around. Patio furniture will deteriorate faster if kept outdoors year-round due to warping, rust, and mold. So, you should consider putting patio furniture into storage. All patio furniture, especially those made of metal and wood, should be drained of any moisture before being stored away during the off-season months.