Hints & Tips

How to protect your goods

These simple tips can help you to protect your valuable goods when packing your storage unit.

    Protect your goods that go into self storage by wrapping or covering them with the following packing products:

    • Butcher’s paper
    • Extra wide bubble wrap
    • Removalist felt blankets
    • Fort Knox Big Box
    • Fort Knox Little Box
    • Port-a-robe packing boxes (portable wardrobes for clothing)
    • Plastic lounge and mattress covers
  • Fragile items
    Protect fragile items by wrapping individually in butcher’s paper or bubble wrap, and labelling cartons ‘fragile’. Don’t place fragile cartons at the bottom when storing – top-load only!

    • Clothing
      Protect clothes by ensuring they are packed clean and ironed and with cedar blocks (or other anti-moth products in our Fort Knox Self Storage clothing and linen bags, port-a-robes or tea chests.

  • Books
    Books should be packed flat so that the spines won’t break, and always in small boxes specifically designed for book storage. Never pack fragile items with books!

    • Padding is protection
      Separate your goods in self-storage with felt blankets, cushions, cardboard or bubble wrap both while moving and in storage. This prevents rubbing and damage from compression over time!

  • It doesn’t hurt…
    Fort Knox Self Storage units are kept spotlessly clean – even so it’s a good idea to give your mattresses, couches, boxes and valuables extra protection by positioning soft cloths or cardboard underneath them.

    • Cover Up
      Always enclose soft furnishings, especially couches and mattresses, in our special plastic covers before moving. It could be raining on moving day, so these items are protected during transport – and in storage!

  • Cleanliness IS Godliness
    Cleanliness is critical at Fort Knox Self Storage and we work very hard to create a clean environment. For your protection, we recommend food crumbs and stains be removed from clothing and soft furnishings before storage.

    • Uninvited guests
      DO NOT store anything that could attract vermin. Food of any description must not be stored – this includes wheat bags, dried flowers, etc. Don’t risk attracting uninvited guests into your Self Storage unit – and everyone else’s!

  • Fridge-e-didge
    Fridges, freezers and other white goods should be thoroughly defrosted, dry and clean before storing. Always move and store your Fridge in an upright position as laying a fridge on its side could damage it. Remember: Keep fridge doors slightly ajar during self storage, and leave a deodoriser – such as a box of baking soda – inside to maintain freshness.

    • Don’t wash me!
      Protect your washing machine while in transit by disconnecting and thoroughly draining the hoses and by securing the drum with the special cap (top-loader) or bolts (front leader) supplied with the machine. Put each hose-end in a plastic sandwich bag, then seal the bag tightly with tape or a rubber band, so no water leaks out and damages your goods.

  • A Weighty Issue
    Protect the shelves and structure of your furniture by emptying wardrobes, cupboards and drawers while moving. Refill when in storage.