When was the last time you moved? Did you enjoy the process? If you are like most people, you might dread the never-ending packing, the stress of getting everything where it needs to go in one piece, and the trouble involved with setting up new utilities. However, you don't have to let a tricky move ruin your life. By working with the right moving and storage company, you can streamline things and enjoy yourself. I want to teach you what you need to know to complete your relocation easily. On my blog, you will find information about everything from moving to storage.
Your refrigerator is where you keep your food, so if it has a yucky odor when you pull it out of storage, that's pretty bad news. By following these steps to prepare your fridge properly for storage, you can ensure that it emerges smelling clean and fresh.
Step #1: Defrost the refrigerator
If your refrigerator is a model that requires defrosting, plan ahead and unplug it to defrost at least a week prior to the day you plan on placing it in storage. Follow the defrosting instructions that came with your fridge for best results.
Step #2: Remove and clean the defrosting pan
Forgetting to empty the defrosting pan is a common mistake, and almost guarantees that your fridge will get stinky in storage due to the presence of dirty water in this lower compartment. Remove the defrosting pan and give it a thorough bath in a mixture of 1 part bleach to 20 parts water. Let it dry completely before placing it back in the fridge.
Step #3: Clean and disinfect the fridge's interior.
Use the same bleach solution to clean and disinfect your fridge's interior. Remove all of the shelves and drawers and clean them separately. Make sure you completely scrub away any spills or debris.
Step #4: Clean the rubber seals and gaskets.
Use your bleach and water mixture to clean the rubber gaskets and seals around your refrigerator's doors. These are a common hiding place for mold, which may multiply and cause odors while your fridge is in storage. Use a cotton swab dipped in bleach water to clean in any grooves and creases.
Step #5: Let the fridge dry completely.
Any lingering moisture can cause mold and mildew to form. Leave your fridge open, and let it air out for at least one day before moving it to the storage unit.
Step #6: Prop the door open during storage.
Place a plastic object, such as an old milk crate or a plastic bucket, between the fridge and the door so that it does not accidentally swing shut. If your fridge sits in storage the with door closed, it's almost guaranteed to be stinky when you remove it.
Step #7: Place a large box of baking soda inside.
If there are any lingering moisture or odors in your fridge, the baking soda will catch them. It will also absorb moisture from the air while your fridge remains in the storage unit, making your fridge less likely to develop mold. The bigger the box of baking soda you can find, the better.
Refrigerators are not cheap. Following these instructions may be time-consuming, but it will save you the expense of having to replace your refrigerator after it spends time in storage. For more advice on storing refrigerators, contact a local storage facility like Storage Niagara.Share