When storing appliances, it is important to prepare them properly beforehand to avoid causing damage to them. Appliances like washing machines, fridge freezers and dishwashers often end up in storage following a move. Follow our tips below to ensure that they remain in good condition whilst stored – especially if you plan to store them for some time.
If you are planning to store a washing machine away, it is a good idea to run a final wash cycle, with an empty machine. Using a specialist washing machine cleaning product or a cup of bleach or white vinegar when running the final wash cycle will clean out hoses and stop the potential for mould growth or smells to be developed.
Make sure you drain all residual water from hoses or inside the machine itself. This is important if you are storing appliances over winter when residual water may freeze and cause problems.
Give the appliance a thorough clean – again, cleaning before storage will help to inhibit any mould or mildew growth. Pay attention to removeable filters or grills where there may be a build up of dust or fluff.
When moving washing machines, if you still have the transit bolts available it is a good idea to use them as they will minimise the movement of internal parts and this will be less likely to cause transit damage.
Fridges and Freezers
Moving fridges and freezers can damage them and ideally, they are best kept upright if at all possible.
Defrosting and thoroughly cleaning the interior of fridges and freezers is essential before storage. Any food remnants left in the interior will quickly create mould and may attract insects
Make sure that you empty and thoroughly dry any residual water from drip trays which are likely to be hidden under the appliance itself.
Take out glass shelves and moveable interior fittings before moving fridges and freezers. These are best moved separately. Once in storage, fridge dorrs should be left slightly open to stop smells and mould developing in the interior. A small container of bicarbonate of soda will help to keep odours at bay.
Appliances can be easily dented and scratched when in transit so use a protective film of wrap when moving. Secure doors shut with tape when moving to stop them being able to swing open and cause damage.
Ovens and microwaves
Ovens and microwaves should be thoroughly cleaned inside and out to get rid of grease and any residual food. Pay particular attention to grills or air inlets or fans as these are likely to suffer from a build up of grease and dust.
Remove metal shelves and grill pans etc before transporting and securely tape doors closed whilst in transit.
It is unlikely that you will need to access appliances whilst they are in storage so it makes sense to store them at the back of your storage unit. Stacking appliances is not a good idea and appliances should always be kept upright if possible.
Wrap or cover appliances once in storage to protect them from dust, bumps and scratches whilst stored.
When considering the level of storage insurance cover you require for stored items, do take the time to properly research the true replacement cost of items such as appliances, especially if it has been a while since you purchased them. Goods should always be insured for the full replacement cost and this may be more than you think.
For more help and advice on storage, whether antique furniture, clothing or hobbies and craft supplies – our blog has some useful additional articles which may be of interest.