If you’re getting ready to move, or need some extra space, you may be considering putting a cherished guitar or violin in storage. Storage units can be perfect for musical instruments as long as a few preparations are made to ensure they’re packed properly. Below, learn more about how to keep your musical instrument safe and ready for you to play next week or next year.
What’s the Right Way to Pack an Instrument?
1. Clean & Disassemble
Each instrument requires a different level of assembly, but none of them except for the piano should not be stored in their fully assembled state. Take apart your instrument by removing straps, mouthpieces, reeds, or loosening the strings. Use a polish or conditioner recommended for your instrument’s wood or metal to clean it before packing it up. You may want to keep the cleaner with it to clean it again before playing.
2. Store It in Its Case
Your instrument’s original case is often designed to support and protect it the best. Use this or another case that holds each component properly and securely. Place a clean, dry cloth over the instrument before closing the case for extra protection. In the storage unit, keep it off the floor, and make sure not to store anything on top of it.
3. Use a Climate Controlled Unit
A climate-controlled storage unit is kept between 55 and 80 degrees at all times. This protects your instrument from extreme temperatures that can cause it to go out of tune, warp the structure, or encourage the growth of mildew. Most units have dehumidifiers to keep the moisture out of the air which, can also contribute to mold growth.
For a reliable, secure facility to store your instrument in, turn to Leland Self Storage for high-quality climate-controlled storage units. Serving Brunswick and New Hanover counties, NC, for over 40, these storage professionals offer a variety of unit sizes, convenient access hours, and hassle-free reservations. If you need supplies when packing, visit them for boxes, tape, furniture covers, and bubble wrap. Reserve your storage unit today by calling (910) 399-4719 or visit their website.