Storage Near Me –
At Lone Star Self Storage, we understand the need to protect your
valuables. We want to help ensure that you store them safely and
efficiently, so we’re providing you with the tricks of the trade to do exactly
that. Follow these steps and you’ll be well on your way to safer storage.
Paintings should face one another in order to avoid potential damage. If
you store them with the back of one painting against the face of another,
there’s a chance that the frame and its hardware will tear the canvas or
scratch the glass.
Always store paintings so that the art is upright. Each painting should be
wrapped in cardboard, tissue paper, or bubble wrap. It’s also important to
try and store them in sizes that are similar to each other. Storing a small
painting with a larger one can result in torn artwork.
Another preventative measure is to apply painter’s tape to the glass. Doing
this in a star-shaped pattern will yield the best results. The glass will be
less likely to break, both during transit and in storage. And if a breakage
does occur, the tape will keep the glass in place and away from the actual
If you plan on storing your art for more than five years, consider doing so
unframed. You will be able to store more paintings in a single box, thereby
freeing up more room and making storage easier.
When storing books, it’s important to limit the amount you put in a box.
While it may seem easier to pile a bunch in a big box, smaller is actually
better. Try not to store more than 10 per box, as you’ll have a much easier
time transporting them.
Plastic jackets can be found online and in some book stores that serve to
protect your books during storage. You might want to consider wrapping an
additional layer of tissue paper around each book if they are going to be
stored away for quite some time.
If you have the time, pack your books alphabetically. This will make it much
easier to find a specific book later if need be. And try to use the sturdiest
boxes you can get your hands on, as this will prevent your books from
falling out of the bottom during movement.
Storing away dishware can be a tedious affair, but it’s vital that you take
your time. Each and every piece needs to be wrapped individually using
bubble-wrap or a similar protective covering.
It’s best to pack your dishes on their sides. This is because there isn’t as
much pressure on them, reducing the chance of breakage. They should
also be packed in boxes tightly to prevent jarring. Use extra bubble wrap to
fill in any gaps, as well as cardboard dividers.
And while it is convenient to use some newspaper as your go-to packing
solution, it’s better to avoid it. This can lead to smeared ink on your dishes,
leading to unnecessary clean up when it comes time to unpack them.
Make sure to take the time to thoroughly clean your sculptures before
storage. It’s better to use a soft brush, as cotton can get caught and leave
behind damaging fibers. Once ready, wrap your sculptures in bubble wrap
to ensure that each piece is wrapped individually to reduce the likelihood of
When transporting your sculptures, the boxes or containers you pack them
in should be well-padded. You might consider using blankets for this, as it
will prevent any shifting from breaking your valuables during transit.
Your musical instruments are likely quite valuable for a number of reasons.
It is therefore vital that you keep them protected while they are in storage. If
you have the instrument’s original case, keep it in there throughout its time
in storage. If you don’t have the original case, consider finding a
replacement case rather than placing it a box or bag. The harder the case
is, the better. You may also consider adding a small humidifier in your case
to help control the environment of your instrument.
Always take your instrument apart before storing it. A saxophone, for
example, should have its reed and mouthpiece removed, while something
like a guitar or violin should have its strings loosened.
You should also always clean your instruments before storage and use
tissue paper to fill in any gaps that leave room for jostling. Once you are at
your storage unit, be sure to place your instruments on top of other items.
Never allow anything to be set on top of your instruments, and make sure
to keep them off of the floor.
If you have shelving available, you want your instruments on them;
preferably at the very top. Consider wrapping each instrument in blankets
to protect them from extreme changes in temperature. This will go a long
way to ensuring the longevity of your instruments.
Tools and Other Valuables
When storing tools, they need to be as clean as possible. Any debris left on
your tools can cause them to rust and power tools may stop working
Ensure that each tool is dried off completely before storing it away. Any
metal should be sprayed with a lubricant, as this will help protect it while
it’s in storage. You also want to keep your tools off of the ground, if at all
Other valuables should be protected with bubble wrap or cardboard. If you
are uncertain as to the best way to store an item, it’s best to pack it away
by itself. You might want to add another protective layer using a thick
Store it high and away from other boxes and containers. And never stack
anything on top of it.
With a little preventative ingenuity, your valuables will stay safe and secure
during their time in storage. And when you’re ready to get them out, they’ll
be just as perfect as the day you stored them.
Call us now at 512-444-4232.