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How to Store Toys Long-Term

Putting stuffed toys, vintage toys, and collectible toys in long-term storageWhether you’re storing seasonal toys like pool noodles and beach balls, special and delicate toys like childhood stuffed animals and vintage figurines, or potentially valuable collectibles like dolls and action figures, storing toys long-term sometimes takes some extra planning and care. These toy storage tips will ensure that they last for generations.

Storing Pool Inflatables and Toys

Prevent the growth of mold and mildew by cleaning pool toys and gear with a solution of one cup of baking soda to a gallon of water. Use a hose to rinse off the solution and leave the toys and gear outside in the shade to air dry. Do not deflate inflatables until they’re completely dry.

Coat the surface of inflatables with cornstarch to prevent sides from sticking together in storage, then gently fold or roll them. Inflatables should be either stored in their original boxes or in individual boxes or plastic bags.

Pool toys can be safely stored in a garage or shed, or in a storage unit.

Storing Stuffed Toys

Stuffed animals and toys must be completely clean and dry before going into storage long-term. Most stuffed toys can be machine washed on a delicate setting, but if you don’t want to take the risk, hand wash them in a sink or bathtub with mild laundry detergent. Instead of machine washing, hang them to dry on a clothesline in the shade to prevent color fading.

You can dry clean especially delicate stuffed toys by using an absorbent powder based on the color of the toy. Put the toy in a large bag, sprinkle with powder, shake, and leave the toy in a bag for an hour before removing and shaking off the powder.

  • For dark-colored stuffed toys, use wheat germ.
  • For yellow or beige stuffed toys, use corn starch.
  • For white or bright-colored stuffed toys, use baking soda.

Stuffed toys can be stored in a plastic container (don’t squish or crowd them if you’re concerned about them retaining their shape) or can be vacuum-sealed in plastic storage bags with a vacuum cleaner hose.

Storing Vintage or Collectible Toys

Vintage and collectible toys should be kept out of sunlight, humidity, or extreme heat or cold. They’ll be safest in a climate-controlled storage unit. Ideally, they should be stored in their original packaging and then plastic-wrapped. Otherwise, they should be stored in closed plastic containers that will keep out any outside dust, dirt, or oils.

Do you have questions about how to store a specific or unusual toy? Just contact us!

Benefits of Climate-Controlled Storage

Effects of extreme temperatures on wood furniture without climate-controlled storageWhen it comes to storing your valued belongings, basic self-storage sometimes isn’t enough to guarantee that your more sensitive items will be protected from the elements. Read about the benefits of climate-controlled storage below before you make your decision about whether to upgrade or keep it simple.

Storage in Pittsburgh

With average temperatures as low as 21 degrees in January, winter in Pittsburgh can be especially rough on wood furniture, whether it’s brand new or a delicate antique. Even after drying, shaping, sanding, and varnishing, there’s always a small amount of water left in wood. Cold temperatures can cause that water to freeze and permanently warp the shape of your furniture in the course of a few weeks.

With average temperatures as high as 84 degrees in July and morning humidity reaching 78%, summer is no better. Excessive heat and humidity have the power to damage wood furniture, electronics, photographs, plastics, and even fabrics in a matter of weeks. Ceramics, metals, and glass are about the only materials that can endure an entire summer damage-free without climate control.

Storage in Cleveland

The elements are just as hard on your furniture in Cleveland during the winter and summer. The average January low temperature reaches a frigid 20 degrees, and the July high typically climbs to at least 81 degrees. Average humidity can reach 80% in the morning. Humidity that high is rough on books, electronics, artwork, vinyl records, wood furniture, and even metals.

Why Use Climate-Controlled Storage?

Standard self-storage is perfectly safe for belongings you would normally keep in your shed or garage, and for items like dishes and glassware. With anything more delicate, you’re risking some damage from extreme temperatures and humidity. With climate-controlled storage, you can keep your belongings in your storage unit year-round without worrying about damage from heat, cold, or humidity.

Contact Weleski Transfer about your storage options today. If you have any remaining questions about climate-controlled storage or basic self-storage, we can answer them!

Household Goods Storage you can Count on!

Count on “goods” storage.

You may wonder what happens to your things after our crew loads them onto our truck. Perhaps the best way to describe it is this: your belongings have a good home away from home. We’re quite particular about how we handle anything in our care. When we return your furnishings, we want to be sure they are in the same condition as when you entrusted them to us.

53 Foot Moving Trailer

Ship Shape! This is a typical 53-foot trailer before loading, with pads and wrapping stacked neatly. Daylight is streaming in through the translucent panels in the trailer roof—plenty of light to work with. When loaded, this trailer will hold 25,000 to 30,000 pounds of furniture and household goods.

Loading Moving Trailer

When we load furniture for transport, we wrap and secure the load as we build it. We want to protect each item from shifting, rubbing, or any kind of movement that might damage it. There is an art to this, and our operators and crews bring the experience that makes it look easy (even though it’s not). We insist on careful wrapping and loading, whether we’re taking a load one mile or 2500 miles.

Loading a Storage Vault Container

If your things are going into storage at our warehouse, we place them inside a wooden vault for safekeeping. Vaults measure 5 ft. x 7 ft. x 7 ft. Each holds approximately 1,000 pounds, or the equivalent of furnishings for an average sized room. We load vaults to eliminate voids (sort of like putting together a 3-D puzzle) and fill in the spaces with packing. This ensures we prevent shifting of the contents when handling them.

Stacked Storage Vault Containers

This is one of our military approved warehouses at our Pittsburgh location. Here, we store the vaults ten deep by three high. We keep about 800 vaults at this warehouse. The documents on the front of each identify the customer and shipment. Each vault resides in a unique location and is cross-referenced via our computer system. We know precisely where your goods are in our warehouse.

Furniture Storage

Leather and upholstered pieces of furniture should not be compressed, so we do not store them in vaults. Rather, we keep them in a special area on racks. Each item is wrapped in plastic or craft paper (leather should not be wrapped in plastic—it needs to breathe). As with our system for locating vaults, we tag each piece and it occupies a unique location on our racks, referenced via our computerized record.

Whether your items are getting loaded on a truck for direct shipment, or going into storage for awhile, you can trust Weleski Transfer to show optimal care for your belongings. Contact us, or give us a call today to learn more about the storage options we have to offer – 1-888-224-3330.

Moving and Storage. Lots of Storage.

You almost always hear the word “moving” in the same breath as “storage.” There’s a good reason. Very few moves take place without some form of storage. Whether it’s storage in transit before final delivery to the home—or longer-term warehousing for additional weeks, months, or even years—storage is practically synonymous with moving.

Storage Warehouse

Household Goods Storage
At Weleski Transfer, we provide storage options for practically any moving scenario. The largest part of our warehouse space, about 350,000 square feet (between our three locations in Pittsburgh, Johnstown and Cleveland), is used for palletized household goods storage. About a third of this is also approved for the military—we are proud to serve our nation’s service men and women when they transfer.

We keep our customers’ household goods inside sturdy, uniformly sized containers and organized on racks. Some things are too large to fit in the containers, and we keep those items in a mezzanine dedicated especially for overstuffed and bulky items. At our Cleveland facility, we have also invested in an industrial rack system with built-in sprinklers. Throughout all of our facilities we maintain systems to monitor for intrusion, fire, smoke, and water. Keeping goods secure while in our possession is a high priority.

Climate Controlled Storage
We also maintain about 15,000 square feet of climate controlled storage. We regulate the temperature and humidity to make this space suitable for many different kinds of sensitive goods, from fine art and museum pieces to wine collections, x-ray films, and more.

Commercial Storage
We also dedicate about 150,000 square feet to commercial storage. Store fixtures, furnishings, electronic equipment—we store a variety of goods. And we coordinate their movement to all sorts of commercial destinations—office buildings, factories, stores, restaurants and hotels.

Self Storage
We also maintain a separate self-storage facility for our customers. This storage option is useful when people need quick and/or frequent access to their things. Of our 200,000 square feet of self-storage space, about ten percent is heated.

Records Storage
Many businesses require offsite data storage, and they count on Weleski Transfer to keep their records safe, whether paper or digital media. We also offer destruction in industrial shredders with official proof of destruction.

In future blog posts, I’ll go into our storage capabilities in more detail. For now, suffice it to say if you have a need for storage when you move, we have the facilities to keep your things secure until you are ready to take delivery. Contact us today, or give us a call now: 888-224-3330