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Tips for Storing Antiques

If you're an avid antiques collector, you might accumulate more items than you have space for in your house or apartment. When your collection outgrows your living quarters, it's probably time to place some things into storage units at a storage facility near Manhattan. But before you rent a mini storage unit, be sure to pack everything properly so that nothing gets damaged in your car, in the moving truck, or at the storage facility.

Fragile Items
If you are storing fragile items like china or glass, the packing material that you use should vary according to the size of each item. For smaller things like tea cups and glasses, use foam pouches and store them in glass pack kits. When it comes to bigger things like glass serving trays, cover them all around with bubble wrap or furniture pad material. With packed silver, nearby camphor blocks work as an anti-tarnishing guard. Bubble wrap or furniture pads are the most suitable packing materials for fragile vases. With all of these items, the packing material should be fastened with tape or twine, and the materials packed tightly.

Antique Furniture
Wooden antiques are best stored in furniture pads, though it's a good idea to polish the wood in advance of wrapping. When you place wooden furniture into a storage unit, put padding or cloth underneath. To keep the wood from cracking or warping, only store such items in climate-controlled facilities; this will protect the items from any temperatures that could compromise the structural integrity of antique wood. Before you load these things into a vehicle, determine the safest way to transport them from one point to another, whether by hand or hand truck.

For secure storage units in Manhattan, call Chelsea Mini Storage at (866) 755-9101. Whether you need a space to store furniture or an antique collection, we have numerous storage units available on our 1,000,000-square-foot premises. We also offer a service for sending and receiving mail, as well as moving services for local, cross-country, and international relocations.

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