Preparing your Skiing Gear for Summer Storage

Preparing your Skiing Gear for Summer Storage

We’ve already spoken about ski maintenance in a previous article, but how should we get our skis ready for storage over the summer? This is often overlooked off season as they sit in a cupboard, attic or garage for months on end. Leaving them to their own devices can cause damage and deterioration, reducing performance for the following season and the overall lifespan of the skis.

But have no fear! There are a few simple steps you can take to prep your skis for storage that will keep your gear in good working order.

Loosen the DIN settings on both toe pieces and move the heels into the ski position. This will lower the tension in the springs and prevent damage to your bindings and increase their lifespan.

Clean the top sides of your skis with warm water then carefully dry them, ensuring no fluid is trapped between the bindings and the skis.

Next up, scrub down the underside of your skis with a base cleaner. Oils and compounds can build up over time, especially from slopes using snow makers, and if they’re not removed before storage they can work their way into your base material and make next season’s wax application less effective.

Once the skis have been thoroughly cleaned, check the edges! Remove any burrs and sharpen the edges using an edge file. Left untreated, these burrs can lead to rust and reduce the working life of your skis. If you don’t have much experience doing this you can have this done by a local ski shop.

Now it’s time to wax those skis! Give it a thick coat, evenly distributed across the entire ski and over the edges. This will seal your skis and prevent them drying out during the summer months.

Remember to clean and store your ski-boots too!

All that’s left to do is to decide where to store your skiing gear during the piste-less months… If you don’t have space to keep your skis AND your mountain bike at the house then Aabsolute may have the solution. We can provide self storage lockers, units, and solutions to suit your needs right here in Glasgow.

How to store your Ski Boots off-season

How to store your Ski Boots off-season

The last thing you want when you pull your ski boots out of storage to hit the slopes is that smell. You know the one. It’s distinctively disgusting. A combination of bacteria, sweat, damp, foam, and plastic. Lovely stuff.

But have no fear, at Aabsolute Storage Glasgow, we’ve put together a handy guide to freshen up your footwear and keep them aroma-free for your next snowy sojourn…

Here’s what you’re gonna need;

  • Something absorbent; silica gel beads or newspaper
  • Soft toothbrush
  • Boot tree
  • Mild soap
  • Washcloth
  • Desk or box fan, or a hairdryer

First up, get the liner out of those boots. Hang them to dry in front of a fan or use a hair dryer on a cool setting. Don’t put them in front of an open fire or a heater! If you can’t remove the liner then use the absorbent material by placing it in the toe of the boot to soak up the moisture. Silica gel beads are super handy. Collect them whenever you can from new furniture or shoe boxes whenever you can. They can be used over and over again by drying them out. If you have purchased your beads (and they aren’t in breathable sachets) you can put them in the toe of some old tights or leggings and tie them off. If you only have newspaper, scrunch it up and pack it into the liner of the boot.

If you’ve managed to remove your liners and they’re a bit on the smelly side then you may want to wash them… resist the temptation to fire them in the washing machine! That may beat up the foam and decrease the lifespan of the liners. Instead, gently hand wash the liners in a basin with warm water and a mild soap, then air dry them (outside in the fresh air if possible).

Next up, it’s time to clean your boots! Use the washcloth to wipe the hard surfaces of the boot, and get between the buckles and into the corners with the soft toothbrush. After you’ve given the boots a once over with some warm water, add some mild soap and give them another clean. Be sure to clean out the inside of the boot if you’ve removed the liner!

Now you have to air dry your boots. You can use the desk fan again to speed up the process.

Once the boots are cleaned, dried, and rebuilt it’s time to get them ready for storage! Pop in some boot trees so that they keep their shape while they’re not being used, making sure the tongue of the boot is lying flat. Fasten the buckles so the boot lightly grips the boot tree and no more. Get a storage bag for each boot, and then you’ll need to find a dark and dry environment place to store your ski and snowboard boots.

Don’t have too much extra space at home for your hibernating gear? Here at Aabsolute Self-Storage we have a range of options to suit your needs, from lockers to full size storage units. Give us a call today!

By following these tips you’ll be increasing the lifespan of your boots and keeping them nice and hygienic for seasons to come!

Why Glasgow Business Owners Use Self-Storage

Why Glasgow Business Owners Use Self-Storage

Data gathered by the Self Storage Association shows that 85% of people want their self storage unit to be nearby, ideally no more than a 15 minute trip. They want to be able to quickly and reliably access their goods and valued items should they need them.

In Glasgow it’s not different, and our locations make our sites easy to access quickly from any part of the city. Aabsolute Self Storage have units ideally situated in Queenslie Park industrial estate and in Dalmarnock. Both are easily accessible with easy access from the M8 and M74 motorways, and have solutions from a 10 square foot locker to 100 square foot rooms.

One of the main reasons for anyone to use self storage is to free up some space. Your business may be feeling the need to expand your office space or you may just need more space for stock or merchandising materials.

For retailers, seasonal stock and decorations can be a headache when it comes to keeping the place decluttered and it can restrict access and productivity if you have to work around it on a daily basis. If you’ve reached your storage limit and need a little elbow room, then self-storage is an affordable solution to suit your needs. Aabsolute offer flexible leases on seasonal storage.

Office supplies can also take up a huge amount of office space. Many businesses buy stationery and paperstock in bulk, but no one needs reams and reams of paper lying around until they need it. Storage lockers are a perfect place to keep your office supplies out of sight and ready to collect when you need them.

Document archives seem to have a tendency to build up over the years, and there are some documents that businesses are bound by law to keep in their possession. That doesn’t mean they have to live in the office though. Most of them don’t need to be accessed on a daily basis, and many Glasgow businesses trust Aabsolute with their sensitive tax records and customer invoices and receipts.

All of these things can be stored securely in an Aabsolute self storage unit, without the need to consider the expense of an office upgrade or additional warehousing.

Some more common items you might want to put into storage

Some more common items you might want to put into storage!

Collectables and Valuable Items

If you’re trying to sell your home then you may wish to consider placing your collectables and valuable items into storage until you’ve completed the process. Your cool stuff might not seem to cool to prospective buyers; they want to be able to imagine their own cool stuff in their potential new home.

Preparing your collections for storage can be a bit of a minefield and packing tips vary depending on what you’re wanting to put into self storage. Luckily we have dealt with these exact issues before in our blog.

How to prepare comics and graphic novels for storage

How to prepare vinyl records for storage

How to prepare artwork for storage

Film and Music Collections

DVDs, CDs, and videotapes were all the rage in years gone past, but more and more of us are living in the digital age, streaming or downloading our content and watching it online. That doesn’t mean we want to throw away decades of music or film we physically own. To get the best of both worlds, why not digitally convert your films and music and place them onto hard disks or personal servers, and prepare your physical collection for self storage?

Try to keep the media in their original cases, dust the covers, then put your CDs and DVDs into airtight containers. This will prevent moisture damage in storage. Keep them off the floor and place the containers on shelving units. It might also be helpful to store your collection in alphanumeric order and label your containers!

Storing Books

Even in this digital age, books are expensive, especially academic textbooks, but keeping them in the home can really eat up space. If you can’t bear to part with your books then you might want to consider putting them somewhere for safekeeping.

To prepare books for storage it is best to organise and box them. Labelling the boxes will make the books easier to retrieve, and you may want to consider getting your hands on some storage shelving. Cover the books with a light material to prevent dust accumulation and light damage. If you’ve decided to place the books in boxes, try to place sheets of cardboard (or another breathable material) between the books to prevent damage and reduce the potential for damp or mildew.

Vehicle or Car Storage

It may sound odd, but some people put their vehicles into secure storage if they are going on holiday or on a long trip. Sometimes it’s just for a car or bike that isn’t currently being used, or if the owner has no space outside their home.

To prepare a vehicle for long term storage, first make sure there is fuel in the tank. This will prevent an internal rust build up. Make sure the car is thoroughly cleaned inside so it doesn’t attract unwanted pests and mold, and wash and wax the exterior to reduce the risk of corrosion. Changing the oil before storage will also make it easier to start the vehicle when it is retrieved. To prevent acid leaking from the battery you should disconnect it once it is in place. Finally, cover the vehicle to prevent dust build up on the surface and in the air intakes.

Seasonal Items

Every year we spend a fortune making our homes look festive for the holiday season, and many of the decorations can be reused again in future. That means we need to figure out where to put them for the rest of the year and how to pack them away. So, whether you want to store winter bedding, festive decorations, or seasonal sports equipment, self storage provides a great solution to keep the clutter at bay for the rest of the year.

We have an article on how to store your Christmas decorations right here

Common items you might want to put into storage

Common items you might want to put into storage!

There are loads of different reasons why people use self storage. Whether you’re selling up or moving home, clearing space for new gear, or want to keep your prized possessions safe while you travel or study abroad, Aabsolute self storage can provide you with a cost effective and secure solution.

So here’s a list of 10 things that are commonly placed into self storage and the best way to get them packed and ready!

 

Furniture Storage

Furniture can quickly accumulate in the home or office over time. If you’re anything like me, you probably like clean lines and an uncluttered existence. That doesn’t mean you need to get rid of perfectly good furniture though. By placing them into storage you can keep a stock for an office expansion, save spare sofas and armchairs for your kid’s first place when they leave the nest, or pack the winter bedding away for the summer (you can get more info on that here!).

The best way to prepare larger furniture items is to disassemble it and apply wax to wooden surfaces to protect the finish. Corners and edges should be protected with cardboard then cushioned with bubble wrap or blankets. Clean any upholstery to prevent the growth of mold and mildew while in storage. Glass surfaces should be crossed with masking tape to reduce the risk of cracking or breaking and cardboard fixed either side of the panes. Try to always store sofas and armchairs the right way up.

 

Electronics

We all have so many gadgets and devices in our homes these days, almost all of us upgrade and update our digital lives on an annual basis. But just because we are updating doesn’t mean we want to throw away perfectly good televisions, games consoles, stereos, computers or cabling.

If possible, the best way to store your electronic goods is to put them back into their original packaging with their associated cables and accessories. This will ensure that they are in the best possible condition when you are ready to bring them back out of storage to use them again. Don’t hang on to boxes? In that case, individually wrap each item with bubble wrap and a place them in a box with their associated cables and accessories, and include a note that lists the parts in the box and what they’re for! Be sure to pack the boxes fully and stuff empty space with packing materials to keep the boxes rigid and sturdy, especially if you plan on stacking them!

 

Kitchen and Laundry Appliances

Kitchen appliances can be expensive to replace, so getting rid of perfectly good ovens, stoves, fridges, freezers, washing machines and dryers can be pretty wasteful. If you have kids that will soon be moving out to university or into their first pad then it could prove cost effective and super useful to have appliances in storage and ready to go when they are needed.

Unlike the electrical goods we mentioned previously, kitchen appliances tend to be made from metal, so they are susceptible to rust. Make sure they are thoroughly cleaned AND dried before being packed and placed in storage; that means draining water from any tanks, hoses or tubing. Protect edges with cardboard or blankets and wrap with a breathable cover.

 

Newspapers and Magazines

Anyone who has a subscription to technical publications and newspapers know that a good collection can be an absolute treasure trove of knowledge and information. That subscription, however, means a seemingly endless accumulation of journals that take up serious amounts of space. I, for one, like an annual clear out, dispatching issues accrued in previous years to storage for safe keeping.

Some newspapers and magazines may deteriorate, even in storage, so it’s important to bag and board important articles or issues, and place them in opaque acid free containers that restrict light. Humidity and moisture is not your friend, so you maybe even want to consider climate controlled storage.

 

Files, Documents and Archives

It is a legal requirement for businesses to hold on to certain documentation for a certain length of time (see our article on file and documentation storage), but it can consume a huge amount of space. For small businesses, office space can be at a premium, so it can be handy to outsource document storage to a secure self storage business like Aabsolute.

Place the documents in dry airtight containers to preserve your paperwork and prevent mildew and moisture damage. Keep the boxes off the floor and store on shelving units. It’s also useful to organise and properly label your file boxes so that you can find paperwork easily if required. If you have particularly sensitive or confidential materials you may wish to consider additional security measures like safes or password protected locks.

How to Store Winter Bedding like a Boss

Feeling a bit chilly this winter? Maybe it’s time to upgrade the duvet and sheets to something with a higher tog factor! What’s that, I hear you cry? You have nowhere to store more bedding in your linen closet? Why should you have to endure the cold hard winter with a summer duvet? With that in mind, here’s some handy tips to help you store your bulky bed clothes for the summer once our part of the planet heats up again (a little… let’s face it, we’re in Glasgow!).

A Clean Duvet is an Happy Duvet 🙂

Before you put your wonderfully warm winter duvets into storage you’re going to want to wash it. Be sure to check the label on the duvet for instructions. Most duvets are machine washable, but some may need to be taken to your local dry cleaner if they are dry clean only or don’t comfortably fit in your washing machine. All clean? Now we’re ready for phase 2!

Air It!

Once you’ve put your duvets and quilts through the wash you’re going to want to hang them up. Airing your quilts outside and drying them naturally is an ideal way to keep them fresh and in great condition. You need to make sure that they’re completely dry before you are ready to pack them away for the summer months… a damp duvet is not an happy duvet!

Hoover It!

Give your duvets and quilts a once over with your hoover. That should collect any loose fluff or dust on your bed clothes. Remember to remove any dirt, grit, or debris from your vacuum cleaner nozzle before you do this! The last thing you want is to pack away dirty sheets! Now we’re ready for packing…

Vacuum bags are your best friend.

Is storage space at a premium in your home? Pack your bed clothes in vacuum bags to squeeze the air out of your laundry. Vacuum bags are not only a great way to save space and keep your bed clothes fresh for next winter, they’ll also protect your bedding from dust mites, dampness, water damage, and creepy crawlies.

No space in your home? No problem!

Once you have your winter bedding cleaned and packed away, you can prepare them for storage by placing the vacuum bags into plastic storage tubs and bringing them to us here at Aabsolute Self Storage. We have storage solutions to suit your needs, from lockers to walk in units, so we can help you de-clutter your home by storing your winter duvets through the summer months.

Selling Your Home? Storing Your Collectibles Part 4 of 4

In this final part of our series on selling your home we’re going to look at preparing your ornaments and collectibles for storage and transport. Prospective buyers don’t really want to see all your ornaments, figurines, and toys covering the shelving units in your home. They want to image their stuff in that space. To them, your much loved limited edition figurines are just junk getting in the way of their vision and dreams of their potential new home. We’ve all seen our fair share of broken ornaments, damaged figurines, and cracked crockery, so it’s important that we protect your cool stuff to give you peace of mind while it’s out of sight. It’s even more important to follow this guidance if you’re shipping your collectibles or preparing them for transit.

The Do Nots!

NEVER use newspaper or crumpled up paper as a packing material. Ink from newspaper print can transfer onto your items and potentially ruin them. As far as paper and newspaper goes for padding, paper will become more and more compact with movement, meaning that over time it will flatten and provide absolutely no shock absorption whatsoever. Don’t use flimsy boxes. You’re going to want to use double walled or thick cardboard boxes for storage. If you stack boxes that aren’t designed to be stacked then you’re may experience crush damage to boxes and items at the bottom of the stack.

But have no fear, the Aabsolute blog is here!

If you have unboxed figurines or ornaments to pack then your best bet is to order some packing peanuts to provide a shock absorbing layer between your item and the box in which you want to pack it. They come in many varieties, including anti-static and biodegradable, and even in different colours. Remember to put a layer of packing material in the box before you put in your wrapped ornament!

More Tips to Prevent Damage…

Another great way to prevent damage is to wrap items in bubble wrap before packing them in boxes. If you don’t like using plastic bubble wrap, you can use eco friendly alternatives to safely wrap your ornaments for storage. Don’t use heavy duty tape to secure the bubble wrap. If you struggle to remove it there is more chance of the item becoming damaged. The more space you have between the outer box and your carefully wrapped item, the less likely it is to suffer any puncture damage if the box is dropped or mishandled.

To stack or not to stack, that is thy question!

Once your items are wrapped and padded in their cardboard boxes the best way to further protect them is to use plastic storage boxes with lids. This will help to prevent air and moisture getting to your collectibles. If you use rigid plastic boxes it is likely that they are designed to be safely stacked with no need to worry about crush damage to the boxes at the bottom of the stack.

Now you’re ready for storage!

Now your collectibles are ready to store, it’s time to get them out of sight so prospective buyers can get a clear view of your property. It’s important to keep your items in a stable environment and free of damp and moisture because extremes in temperature can crack or break porcelain, ceramic, glass, and pottery. That means your attic or garage may be a no go (unless it’s temperature controlled!). Aabsolute Self Storage Glasgow offers a climate neutral environment, free of moisture and changes in temperature. We can give you the peace of mind that your valuables are safe and secure, ready for you to collect when you move to your new place =)

6 Great Storage Ideas for Your Christmas Decorations

6 Great Storage Ideas for Your Christmas Decorations

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we spend a lot of time and effort making our homes look and feel festive, especially if you have little ones running around. Once the presents are unwrapped and the holidays are over we’re always left with the same dilemma… where to store everything! So whether you’re just trying to make some space for new toys and gadgets or you’re wanting to keep your Christmas decorations in good order for next year, we have a few handy hints and storage tips to keep your home feeling fresh and uncluttered in the New Year!

1. Protect your baubles!

Everyone likes to keep their baubles in good working order and leaving them to float around in boxes can crush them or cause them to shatter. A great way to store your baubles is to use an egg carton. It’ll keep them nice and tidy, and make them easier to box up safely for storage through the slightly less festive months. If you have particularly large baubles you can use cardboard drinks holders, most frequently found at fast food restaurants.

2. Funky shapes? No problem…

If the shape of your tree ornaments is a little less than regular you can use tissue paper and takeaway boxes to keep your precious decorations in tip-top condition for next year. Clear containers make for great storage solutions… you won’t need to tip everything out to find what you’re looking for! It will also make them easier to store in larger containers with your egg cartons full of baubles!

3. Wrap your wrapping paper 😉

Ripping open presents is probably the best feeling in the world… but rolls of wrapping paper flopping around in a closet for the rest of the year is a bit of a pain. We’ve found that the best way to store it is to fire on a cheeky elastic band to keep the rolls nice and tight, then put them into a garment bag on a hanger. It’ll keep all your rolls together and ready to use. If you feel like you’re ready to take it up a level you can chuck in your ribbons, sellotape, and a pair of scissors. That way you’ll be ready to wrap ‘n’ roll whenever the mood takes you!

4. Do your fairy lights always tangle during the summer months? Fear not, we have the solution!

Cables have a life of their own. From headphones, to guitar leads, to fairy lights, you can coil them as perfectly as possible and it will never be enough. Whip them out and they are a tangled mess. “How can I prevent this?”, I hear you cry. Well, we’re going to use a material that is in abundance at this time of year… Cardboard. Get yourself a sheet of the stuff from the side of a box or a board from a gift, and wrap your lights and cable around the sheet. Not only will it prevent it from tangling, but you can write little notes to yourself to identify missing or faulty bulbs or strands. Perfect.

5. Tangled Tinsel Trouble?

Tinsel is funny stuff. It looks great, but it seems to have a life of its own! How can we store it and prevent it wrapping itself around everything else in the decorations box? Two words. Pringles tube. You can keep your tinsel nice and tidy by storing it in Pringles tubes or even water bottles.

6. Tree-mendous Storage Solutions for your reusable Christmas Tree

How can you keep your tree looking fresh for future festivities? Cling film. Shrink wrapping your tree not only makes it skinnier and easier to handle, it will also protect it from damage and prepare it for storage during the 11 months you don’t need it in your life.
Where can I keep all my Christmas stuff?

Here at Aabsolute Self Storage we can provide safe and dry self-storage all year round to keep your home clutter free and your decorations in great condition, ready to use next time Santa rolls into town.

 

From everyone here, have an Aabsolutely fabulous Christmas =)

Selling your home? Store your collectables. Prt 3 of 4

Artwork

Our lives are always changing and evolving in different ways, whether you’re moving home, going travelling for a while, renovating your property, or even had a change in taste. For whatever reason, you may not want to leave your artwork hanging on your walls. Instead of selling it or risking damage during a move or renovation you could pack it away safe and sound to protect your artwork and keep it in great condition for future use.

Step 1: Cleaning and pre-storage care

Cleaning and light maintenance goes a heck of a long way toward preserving your artworks and keeping them looking tip top. Make sure you gently wipe down the surfaces with a microfiber cloth before working a little oil into metal components to prevent rusting or oxidization. Polish will also protect wooden frames from light damage and moisture whilst in storage.

Step 2: Preparing your artwork for storage.

Frames and canvas can be easily damaged. To prevent knocks causing chips and to protect the structural integrity of your framed artwork you can cover and tape down the corners of the artwork with cardboard to reduce the risk of damage in transit or from contact with the floor or shelving units in storage. For additional protection, you can also use blankets or bubble wrap.

If your artwork is unframed, resist the urge to roll it up for storage! Rolling your paintings can cause creasing and cracks in the paint, ruining the work. Instead, wrap it in sheets of glassine to provide air and water resistance, then place the work between two protective layers of thick cardboard, foamboard, or plywood to prevent unwanted damage or bending.

Once you’ve wrapped your artwork to protect it from knocks and scrapes the next step is to prevent moisture damaging your paintings while they are in storage. The best way to do this is to place the piece into a plastic bag and sealing it before putting it into a storage box. You can find boxes for packing artwork easily on Amazon or most art stores like Millers on Stockwell Street, Glasgow.

Step 3: Storing your Artworks.

So, you’ve packed up your artwork and now you need somewhere to put it…

There are three major factors to consider when you’re choosing your storage solution. Moisture, light, and temperature. A unit within a climate neutral environment will be required to maintain a low level of humidity and dramatically reduce the risk of significant fluctuations in temperature.

It’s also important to ensure that your artwork is kept in an upright position when placed in storage – NEVER stack or store paintings flat. That’s just asking for trouble!

To find out more about Aabsolute’s storage solutions for artworks you can contact us here.

 

Selling your home? Store your collectables Part 2 of 4

Last time out we discussed protecting comic issues and graphic novels from wear and tear and damage, and how to prepare them for storage if a house move is on the cards. Prospective buyers are a fickle bunch and they may not share your enthusiasm for your hobbies, so it’s best to keep clean minimalist spaces while the house hunters are on the prowl. Just like comics, vinyl records need to be stored appropriately to prevent degradation to the playing surface and ensure a long life for the quality of playback.

Here are a few tips on how you can store your records to protect them from the elements…

Vinyl

Vinyl has come back into vogue in a big way, so it’s vital that you not only keep your collection up to date but to look after your classic records and first pressings.

Step 1: Wash your hands!

The Library of Congress in the United States of America hosts one of the world’s largest record collections, and they have a thing or two to say about managing and handling your vinyl records. Wash and thoroughly dry your hands before packing and storing your records, and be sure to only touch the edges and label areas of the discs themselves.

Step 2: Dust and Grooves

Plastic sleeves will give your records an extra layer of protection, keeping dust and dirt from the covers. Dusty records will make it difficult for the needle to stay in the groove and it will affect playback of your records.

Step 3: Vertical Attraction

Just like our advice for storing comics and graphic novels, never vertically stack your records, and don’t lay them on top of each other, even briefly. Storing records horizontally could warp your records over time, meaning the needle will have to work harder to maintain contact in the groove and it will cause the tempo of the music to fluctuate during playback.

Keep your records vertical when putting them into storage, whether in boxes or on a shelf in your home.

Step 4: What are the best bulk storage solutions?

There are a number of smaller storage option available to the record collector. Made to measure record boxes can be purchased from stores like Love Music on Queen Street in Glasgow, purpose-built and specifically designed to hold your records vertically. There are

many options available, and you’ll need to find the right ones for your collection whether you’re into 12” LPs or 45s.

Step 5: Keep it cool. Keep it dry.

Again, just like your awesome comic collection, you’re going to want to keep your records in a cool and dry place, with little fluctuation in temperature. If your records are in a moist environment you will need to check your records’ plastic sleeves regularly to make sure there is no mildew or moisture trapped between the plastic and your record.

If you’re looking for short or long term self-storage for your epic stockpile of audio bliss, it’s best to use a clean dry storage unit to protect your collection. Here at Aabsolute we have the solutions to keep your records spinning for years to come.

Check out this article if you are looking for cool furniture to store your record collection in. “12-alternative-ways-to-store-your-records”

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