Putting your items in storage requires a bit of planning and preparation to ensure everything is still in perfect condition when you are ready to retrieve. The small appliances from your kitchen, such as the toaster, microwave, and blender, are no different. The following tips will help you prepare and store these items properly, whether if it's for a few weeks or a few years.
Tip #1: Remove all food residue
Cleanliness is the name of the game. Grease and food residue can attract insects and rodents to your unit. They can also cause permanent stains to the housing of your appliance, or increase the chances of metal parts corroding. Wipe down the exterior with a diluted bleach solution or kitchen surface cleaner. Any washable parts, such as coffee maker or blender carafes, should be run through the dishwasher. Also, make sure the inside is just as clean. This especially goes for microwaves and toasters, which usually have a small bottom hatch you can open for cleaning. Finally, finish up by wiping down the back and bottom of the appliance, along with the cord.
Tip #2: Take extra precautions with the microwave
Microwaves, and to a lesser extent, toaster ovens, can develop bad odors during storage. The simplest way to prevent this is to wrap up any accessories, like the glass tray, with packing paper and place it inside the microwave. Then, fill the rest of the oven with wadded up packing paper. The paper will absorb some stale odors that develop in storage, as well as keep the tray from moving around. If you are still worried about odors, you can also fill a small cloth bag with baking soda and store it inside the microwave to absorb odors.
Tip #3: Gather the accessories
Many small appliances come with accessories. For example, mixers may have several bowls or various beaters. When possible, wrap the accessories in packing paper and place them inside the appliance (such as inside the mixing bowl). This will keep everything together. If this isn't possible, then label each accessory with the appliance that it goes with – you can do this right on the packing paper. This way you don't have to worry about remembering what everything is, especially if you don't plan to retrieve your items for a while.
Tip #4: Pack for success
The great thing about small appliances is that for the most part they are small enough to pack in boxes. Using sturdy boxes with a bit of padding, such as from packing paper or peanuts, is usually sufficient. Avoid folding up the cord when placing items into boxes, since this can lead to permanent kinking. Instead, make sure the cord isn't twisted or bent where it emerges from the appliance. If the appliance has a built in cord keeper, wrap it around this and secure it. If not, loop the cord loosely to form a circle, and then secure it with a twist-tie. A loop won't result in any kinks in the cord.
Talk to a storage facility like I-70 Self Storage to get started with storing your belongings.Share
30 June 2016
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