You can store almost anything inside your storage unit, including fragile and delicate items like china, silverware, and jewellery. If you’re looking to store items like these in Self Storage in Hallam from StoreLocal Hallam, there are a few things you should do to prepare them.

Storing jewellery

You need to give your jewellery a thorough clean before moving it into Self Storage in Hallam. You can have your jewellery cleaned professionally, or you can clean it at home yourself. Once you’ve cleaned each piece, you need to take a detailed inventory. Include descriptions and photos of each item. Not only will this inventory be great for your own records, but it could also come in handy in the unlikely event you need to use your insurance.

Now you’ve inventoried your collection, you need to take care to separate each item. Necklaces, pins, earrings, and other items can tangle easily and become damaged. Put as many items back inside their original pouch, box, or case as possible. If you no longer have the original packaging, wrap the items in acid-free paper, untreated cotton, or raw silk. Place the wrapped items in clean, dry boxes.

Storing china

Before you move your china into storage, whether it’s a family heirloom or something newer, you’ll need to take some protective measures. Each item should be individually wrapped in packing paper, cloth dividers, or bubble wrap. This will cushion the china from bumping into other items. Alternatively, you can purchase a china container that comes with foam dividers. When you start packing your china into boxes, make sure you place plates and saucers on their sides rather than stacking them. This will make them less vulnerable to stress and breakage.

Make sure you don’t overfill your boxes as this will make them too heavy to lift. Pack any gaps left in the boxes with excess bubble wrap or packing paper. Seal and label the boxes to make it easier to find what you need later on.

Storing silverware

You need to thoroughly wash and dry your silverware with a soft cloth before moving it into Self Storage in Hallam. To prevent it from tarnishing, use a commercial polish and soft cotton cloth to polish your silverware. Make sure the polish you use is a water based one, rather than a chemical dip, as abrasive polishes can scratch the soft silver. After you’ve cleaned and polished your silverware, it can be placed in a flannel flatware case, an anti-tarnish cloth, or a lined wooden case. Never store your silverware in plastic or newspaper. Your silverware can also be damaged by humidity and moisture, so add a silica gel pack to protect it.

If you’re ready to move your china, silverware, or jewellery into Self Storage in Hallam, contact the team of experts at StoreLocal Hallam today.