Preparing Your Refrigerator For Time In A Storage Unit

Refrigerators are not cheap, so if you're putting one in a storage unit, you'll want to take the time to make sure it's properly prepared so that it emerges in good shape. Follow these steps to prepare your fridge for storage and prevent common issues like mold growth, nasty odors, and corrosion.

Step 1: Scrub away food debris.

After emptying the fridge and turning off the power, turn your attention to any areas where there is caked-on food or spilled, sticky liquids. Use some baking soda and water, along with an old toothbrush, to scrub this debris away. Remove drawers and shelves so you can scrub them more easily. If you leave the food in place, it will not only contribute to the development of nasty odors, but will also attract rodents who might nest in your fridge.

Step 2: Bleach the fridge.

Bleach will kill any mold spores as well as bacteria in your fridge, preventing issues with mold and odors. Prepare a bleach solution by pouring about ¼ cup bleach into a gallon of warm water. Then wipe down the entire inside of the fridge, along with all of the drawers and shelves. Dip a cotton swab in this mixture and use it to clean around the gaskets and in any other little crevices. Leave the fridge wide open to let it dry completely.

Step 3: Prop the door open.

You don't want to store a fridge with its door closed, as this will trap any moisture that's in the air inside and possibly lead to molding. Instead, place a big, open box of baking soda inside the fridge, and then use a rolled-up towel shoved into the door to keep it open. (You don't really need to do this until the fridge is physically inside the storage unit.)

Step 4: Wrap up the cord.

Wind the cord up, and secure it with a rubber band or big twist tie. Then, encase it in a big plastic bag, and rubber band the bag shut around the cord. This will help protect the cord from moisture that might cause corrosion. It will also help prevent it from being stepped on or crushed by other furniture.

In addition to following the steps above, remember to always transport and store your fridge in an upright position to prevent the refrigerant from leaking. Employ some strong helpers to move the fridge so you don't drop it or bang it on a doorway. For more storage tips, contact a company like Statewide Self Storage.