If you are faced with a situation that requires you to place some of your furniture in storage, you may wonder how to keep your couch in good shape. If so, below are two mistakes you want to avoid making when putting your sofa in long-term storage.
Leaving the Legs Attached
If you couch has legs attached to it, you may be tempted to save time and leave them on when you put the couch in storage. However, you may cause damage to the legs and couch if you do this.
When taking your couch to the storage facility, you will be moving it a lot. From taking it through your front door to removing it from a vehicle into the unit, there are several times when you could hit the bottom of the couch and break the legs off. If the legs are broken off while the screws are still firmly attached to the couch, the frame of the couch could split.
Another problem with leaving the legs on the couch while it is in the storage unit is that the weight of the couch and anything you may place on it could eventually warp the legs. If this happens, your couch will most likely never sit level when you need it again.
Covering the Couch with Plastic
Because you want to protect your couch from moisture and dust, you may have already decided to cover it with plastic. While the heavy-duty material will keep the dust away, it could cause more moisture damage to the fabric than if you did not cover it at all.
Since humidity and temperature levels change throughout the year, condensation could build up underneath the plastic. Since plastic is not breathable, this moisture remains inside next to your couch. Having a plastic cover increases the risk of mold and mildew growth on the fabric, which would make your sofa unusable.
Instead of plastic, cover your couch with a large sheet or comforter. Since the fabric in either one of these coverings are permeable to air, condensation will not form that could permanently damage your couch.
Avoiding the mistakes listed above can help keep your couch protected and free from damage while in long-term storage. For more tips on how to prepare your furniture and other items for storage, you may want to speak with the staff at a local storage facility like I-70 Self Storage.
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